We've been toying around with the idea of getting a second dog for a while now, and stupidly I stopped in at the Hudson Mohawk Humane Society on Monday afternoon to see what they had available. I absolutely fell in love with this little lady, Audrey, and I haven't stopped thinking about her since then. She's eight years old and was surrendered to the shelter when her owner died. It breaks my heart to see this little one behind bars and we're considering our options.
Do any of you have experience with the adoption of older dogs? I know about the hesitancy some people have because half (or more) of their life has already gone by, and with those years comes bad habits and behavior that can't be corrected this late in the game. But I can't help but feel like we could give her an incredible last few years full of love and fun, and at the same time increase Olive's happiness by bringing in a new friend and companion. This, of course, would mean more vet bills, food bills, trips outside for playing and bathroom duty, plus less room in the bed at night and more attention paid to Olive because I'm sure jealously is right around the corner.
What would you do? I'd love to hear your stories if you have any, both good and bad.