another 'is this the right time, etc.' adopt question
Advice/suggestions requested from you experienced folks please? It's been 5 years since dog paws have tracked my floors but boy, the urge is upon me more and more lately. Especially so since I now volunteer at an animal rescue weekly. Thing is though, I now share 'home' with 2 cats one (2 yrs old) which reacts with calm and curiosity whenever I dogsit & the other which is 8- 10 years old & is a most finicky one. She disappears for a day but will come up from the basement after about 24 hours IF she can detect the dog I'm sitting is crated. Also This older one has lately become very clingy to me for some reason - I do see the dynamics between the 2 cats becoming more equalized lately. My house is just under 1000 sq,ft but I have a fenced yard. My dog was a shepard mix and the only pet at the time; I'd love another smart working dog one day. So, thoughts in mind: 1.Start by fostering a small mature dog that is "good" with cats. 2. Foster a 2+ month old pup that is "cat-sized" with no formed opinions on cats yet. The cats might feel less threatened by size which would increase unknowingly for them AND the dog would learn about cats. 3. Wait until that special dog (shepherd mix, etc.) shows up at a rescue and just speaks to me....then maybe I can get off the fence!! Several have passed me by already and I gritted my teeth......I love my cats endlessly, but miss so much that special something that a dog and human share.