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Mom's dog died, should she have a new one?

It's been about six months, I know she misses having a pet. Reality is though that she is 92 years old and any pet is likely to outlive her. I don't want to get a really old dog because I don't want her to have to go through the pain of losing another one. She is more than able to take care of a small to medium sized dog so that is not an issue. I would be happy to adopt the dog if something happens to her but is it fair to the dog to be uprooted again? It's not like the dog understands she is not coming home.
Status: Open    Jun 19, 2015 - 03:22 PM


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Jun 28, 2015 - 03:34 PM

Sounds like your Mom would be the perfect Foster parent for an animal shelter.
They often need foster homes and people willing to take in a dog or a cat until the animal can be adopted.
Sounds like a Win-Win for your Mom and the local shelter.

Aug 24, 2015 - 04:27 PM

Mom was never a pet owner before. I moved in with her last December after my father passed on. Mom was Dad's caregiver for quite a few years. It wasn't until we came to visit dad in his waning months that we realized Mom was coming down with the symptoms. When I moved in I brought my dog blackie a pretty skittish rescue dog. My mom and Blackie took to each other like a duck to water. They both need someone to keep each other company during the day when I'm at work. I have a wonderful home health aide to come in four hours a day and she also loves my dog.
Sorry for the long winded answer but what I'm getting to is if Mom is an experienced pet owner and you are willing to take the dog after Mom can no longer take care of it, by all means get her a rescue. They will both benefit.
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