Lola is a very social dog with strong maternal instincts. I sometimes wonder if spaying her was the right decision… She’s small in stature for her breeding and it’s hard to get rid of mixed breed puppies, but she really is the most social dog I have ever owned and she is good with human children and puppies.
After the disaster between her and Bella (a beautiful 4 year old husky in need of a good home with separation anxiety), we realized that a full grown dog wasn’t going to work as a companion for Lola. She isn’t an alpha and Bella picked up on that and attacked her.
However, now that we are settled into our new place, it has become painfully obvious that Lola really does need a companion. When other dogs pass by our house (no leash laws where we live and most of the dogs roam free), Lola has this sad little whining bark she uses to try to get their attention, because she wants them to come play with her (we do not let Lola roam free unless she is locked in the backyard or with one of us… I worry about her getting hit by a car since we live next to a paved county road with a high speed limit).
I’ve spent most of the last week looking for puppies. I don’t want a small breed, but that’s mainly because I want something that is going to be about her size. I want another female since Lola seems to get along a little better with females than males. I don’t require pure breeds or even known mixed breeds… in other words, a mutt would be fine. And yet, I can’t find one.
This has brought two things to my attention: people seem to be more responsible about spaying and neutering their pets now then they were a decade ago (puppies are hard to come by) and that about half the adoptable dogs at my local humane society are chihuahuas or pit bulls. Sadly, I don’t like chihuahuas – and before you lecture me, there’s a reason behind it – and the pit bulls are all 18 months or older, meaning they are for all intents and purposes, adults.
Let the search continue!