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Charlie & Lola

As I write this, it’s been about six weeks since we adopted Boca — whom we renamed Charlie — and we still can’t believe how blessed we were to find him. (Read more about my observations of pack living)

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This article first appeared in The Bark,
Issue 69: Mar/Apr/May 2012
Claudia Kawczynska is The Bark's co-founder and editor in chief. thebark.com

Photograph by Shana Laursen

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Submitted by Phyllis & Denni... | October 9 2012 |

My husband and I volunteered with a dog rescue group for many, many years and I have to tell you, we wouldn’t have given you a fourth dog either. We have three dogs ourselves. It is a huge commitment and expense, and when the inevitable happens, it’s a huge heartbreak.

First, it takes a ton of money and time to commit to one dog, let alone four. I don’t know that I would have trusted one of my foster dogs to get the love and care he or she deserved if there were already three other dogs in the house. At some point, what you have are cattle, not companions.

Second, it’s not always in the dogs’ interest to have a larger group. We have one female and two males, and have had no problems. But our girl did not always appreciate new females in the house, even if the males were okay with it. And, as they got older, they hated puppies! Not the babies so much, but the hyperactive adolescents drove them nuts.

Third, most cities have ordinances that limit the number of dogs you can have, usually to three. So, if for no other reason, it would generally be illegal for you to have a fourth dog.

Believe me, we’ve had dogs come back from people who begged to adopt them, then treated them like dirt. Our group also had to rescue many animals from hoarders during the years. It’s something you don’t forget.

But in your case, it looks like Charlie found a good home.

—Phyllis & Dennis Sporven

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