Oscar is not the only dog in the house but for all intents and purposes, he thinks he’s the only dog in the house. Rita doesn’t play. It’s not her fault . . she can’t see and Oscar is like a bull in a China closet . . full speed ahead 100% of the time. Nothing gets in his way – not furniture, walls or little Rita. So, sometimes when we’re walking both of them, Rita is aware that he’s near but she knows we keep him far enough away that he can’t reach her. He’s never tried to be aggressive with her, he just wants to play.
Boots likes to watch Oscar from a distance. Boots can get up on the back of the sofa and watch Oscar but when he wants to get back to the sewing room, he doesn’t want any encounters with Oscar at all. Boots is fast and Oscar would love to play with him but that isn’t going to happen.
Our vet teach wondered out loud if Oscar wouldn’t benefit from a playmate. Good idea or bad idea? I see pros and cons. Oscar isn’t aggressive with animals but he’s rough. We’d have to be careful and under close supervision til a puppy is older. Double the trouble! Double the cost of vet bills and food. If I thought it would be good for Oscar AND good for the other pup, I’d do it. But, if I do it and it doesn’t work out so well, life could be difficult.