How to arrange getting new dog?
August 30, 2013 1:39 PM Subscribe
What's the best way to get a new dog in this specific situation?
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike to pets & animals (10 answers total)
Due to a some recent events, my wife and I are going to have to live apart for an indefinite (hopefully short) period. She will live in Scotland, me in the Netherlands. We are currently living in the Netherlands, and have one dog, a 9 year old female beagle mix we got from a shelter in the US who is quite attached to us. She is taking the dog to Scotland, but she'll come to visit when she can, and will bring our dog with her. Our dog has an EU pet passport. I will visit them regularly, as well.
Possible relevant issue: both of us will be in new apartments, that our old dog will not be used to.
Since I'm going to be alone in the Netherlands, I was thinking of getting myself a dog. The current issues, as I see them, are:
1. We want the adoption to be easy.
2. We want to make sure the new dog gets along with our current dog, and vice versa.
3. We want to make sure that health issues (where does the dog see his/her vet? etc) are easy to take care of
4. We want to make sure that traveling back and forth is easy.
5. Any other that we're not thinking of...
There are a few plans I could see working.
A. I adopt a dog while I'm in Scotland, and all of us are together for a few weeks. We try the situation out. If it works, I take the new dog to the Netherlands with me.
B. I adopt a dog while we are all in the Netherlands. She leaves with our older dog, the new dog stays with me if everything works out.
C. I adopt a new dog in the Netherlands, while my wife and the older dog is in Scotland, and let the new dog get attached to me while no one else is around. Then I take the new dog to Scotland, and introduce them.
There might be other scenarios as well. What do you think is the best way to handle this from a dog's perspective? Also, if you have any specific information about adopting dogs in either the Netherlands or the UK, that would be helpful. I've only done it in the US.