Our Baby Girl

United States
March 8, 2009 2:33pm CST
Baby is just over 3 years old now. She is half chihuahua and half yorkshire terrier. We moved to a new apartment in December and she lost her playmate: my mother's dog who lived next door to us. We'd thought about getting a second dog, to give her some companionship, but are hesitant since we no longer live in the country and she has to stay on a leash other than when we take her to the dog park. What are your thoughts? If so, what do you recommend getting that would be a good compliment to her breed(s)?
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@AmbiePam (51516)
• United States
10 Mar 09
Rat terriers are exceptional dogs. I myself have a 3/4 Chihuahua and 1/4 Corgi dog. But I've had a rat terrier, and my grandparents have had two, and currently have one right now. They are very smart dogs, well behaved, and so easy to house train. I would recommend them very much.
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@AmbiePam (51516)
• United States
12 Mar 09
Did you get him when he was a puppy too? I've always known them when they were little puppies.
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• United States
14 Mar 09
Yes. He was about 6 weeks old. Jersey was about 9 months old when we got her. She had been abused and was in the care of rat terrier rescue. She was very skittish around men. We'd had her probably 3 months before she'd let Mike anywhere near her.
@GardenGerty (118006)
• United States
28 Mar 09
The behavior maybe was a male/female thing? Or it could just have been bad genes. Poor breeding.
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@GardenGerty (118006)
• United States
28 Mar 09
Since you live in an apartment, I would not get another dog. I would find a radio or TV station that she likes for when you are gone, and give her plenty of toys. Of course, when you are home you are her best toy and playmate.
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• United States
29 Mar 09
We took her to the vet this morning for her regular check up. He suggested a companion. She won't play with toys. I have bought her almost every kind of toy on the market, and she hasn't seemed interested in any of them. When we're home, we can't get her to play, she just lays around. Dr. Bryant said she was fine physically. He seems to think that she has a broken heart :o( She has a new house that she's not used to (even though we've been here 4 months. She no longer has 3 acres to run on. We take her to the park and let her run in the dog run, and we go for long walks, but she doesn't have the freedom she was used to. And she has none of the "friends" she had at our old house. I asked about finding her another home, and he said he was afraid that would make matters worse. I talked to a friend that works at the shelter and she's going to look Monday to see what they have, and allow me to bring Baby out and we can "test" dogs in the runs to see how she interacts with different ones before selecting one. I can't stand to see the sadness in her eyes anymore.