My mother's friend Marie couldn't bear being without a dog, so she's gone and got a grey female, Bella, who I understand is a racetrack rescue. Apparently, she's a great dog, and I am told that I will fall in love when I meet her. I'm sure that's true.
I've decided lately that I don't much like living here without cat or dog. For me, there is something seriously wrong about a home with no pets. It just doesn't feel right. Right now, I'm living in a house, albeit quite a nice one, but in no way is it a home.
So I've decided to get both a dog and a cat. Current thinking is a kitten and a pupper, and the reasoning behind this is that I want them to get along, and getting them as babies is probably the best shot I'll have of making it so. Apparently event ordering (which one is first in their new home, as well as the age down to weeks, that they are introduced) is quite important, so I am giving this some serious research effort. I have to get this one right. I am looking specifically at ethical breeders that spend time and effort making sure that their pups and kittens are socialised to the other species.
This is going to be a lot of hard work and will require major planning and a huge amount of effort and expenditure. I'm making changes in my life to make sure that this will be possible and that I will be able to give both of them the start in life they need and deserve.
I'm pretty much settled on a Scottish Fold for the kitteh. They are unbearably cute and very sociable and affectionate, and get along with canines well.
I'm not sure what for the pupper. I really love BCs, but they have the highest rate of referral and rehoming for behavioural issues. That said, I am close to concluding a deal where I will be able to work from home and set my travel agenda to suit my own requirements, so at the moment I'm thinking a BC pupper is definitely on the short list.
I'd really welcome any suggestions and advice from you folks.