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We got our first dog, Rebel, three months before we got married. People thought we were crazy buying a house, getting a dog, and getting married all within a year. Don’t get a dog in winter, they’re too hard to house train when it’s s cold outside. Don’t get a dog before your wedding, there won’t be anyone to take care of it. Don’t get a dog at all because they’ll destroy your house.

When we first had Rebel we thought about getting another dog as a companion for him since both Carter and I worked full-time outside of the home. We talked to lots of people who had dogs, vets, and dog trainers. They all had different philosophies.

One vet told us that our dogs shouldn’t be more than a year apart. Another one told us not to get sibling dogs because they would bond with each other and not us.


Some told us that two boys dogs were trouble and they’d always be fighting for dominance. Another dispelled that and told us that having two girl dogs was the worst possible combination. Still another said that anytime you have a girl dog you’re asking for trouble.

I don’t think you can make a blanket statement when it comes to dogs. They’re like people. They have their own unique personalities and quirks. They’ve also had their own experiences, positive and negative, that have shaped who they are.

Rebel and Wrigley were eight months apart. Rebel and Caesar were nine years apart. Caesar and Dixie are seven years apart. And guess what? Each duo has gotten along. They’ve also had quirks that have annoyed the other one. There is no one rule that fits every situation.

There is no magic formula for creating the perfect furry family. It takes work just like everything else in life. Dogs have good days and bad days just like every living, breathing thing.

If a dog will not come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience. Woodrow Wilson

Whenever someone tells you that you can’t get a second dog because it’s too old, too young, has too much energy, likes to lie around the house, barks too much, doesn’t bark at all, is a picky eater, eats everything in sight, etc. just remember that there are no dog rules.

People will tell you not to get a dog because it’s too hard to house train in winter/spring/summer/fall. They will tell you not to get a dog before/after you get married because there is too much to do. They’ll tell you a dog will ruin the house you just bought because their dog destroyed their backyard/living room/garage.

When people tell you:  not to get a dog in winter because it’s too cold outside, not to get a dog before you get married, or that you’re crazy for getting a dog because it will ruin your house, just remember there are no rules. What works for others may not work for you.

Dogs have boundless enthusiasm but no sense of shame. I should have a dog as a life coach. Moby

The only things that matter are that the dog is a good fit for your family and that you’re willing to do whatever it takes to give your dog a good life. Treat them well because dogs rule! Love them as hard as you can because they are loving you back unconditionally.

What weird dog “rules” have people tried to get you to buy into?!

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