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I am going to meet a 10yo beagle girl next week (will be taking my 2 1/2yo labX with me, do you think they could be happy together with such an age difference?)The owner wants to get rid of her as his Father died and no-one in the family can/wants to keep her and I am concerned as she will be pts if she goes to local kill shelter:( Apparently in excellent health and UTD (I will of course verify with their vet). One of my dogs went to the Bridge earlier this month after a long illness, trouble is I am sort of broke as she cost me thousands in specialists/ER fees (worth every penny). Would it be wrong to take on a dog with the idea that IF something medically happened that required specialists etc that I wouldn't be able to spend what I just did on my last dog as my savings are depleted? Of course I will still give adequate veterinary care and I only feed top quality (actually I feed the raw diet). Thanks for any input, if she and my dog do ok I would like to help her. anne h
 

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I agree - I think that as long as your existing dog gets along with her and you can take care of her then go for it. I don't think that the age difference will necessarily be a problem - we have an 11 year old beagle and a 3 year old and they get along fine... I think that the key is whether the younger dog respects any boundaries that the older one establishes if she doesn't want to play, etc.

Good luck - and please keep us posted. Depending on the dog, a 10 year old beagle may just be entering her middle age and have lots of great years ahead of her!
 

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My beagle and I also agree to adopt. I know this may seem funny but a ten year old beagle is still a pup in many ways and your lab will love her. The sad thing is in five, six or seven years you'll probably lose one of them to old age. I suspect after being friends for that long the one that remains will be as devastated as you will be.
 

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Younger doesn't automatically mean fewer medical bills. There are lots of BW stories that back that up. Myself included.

A senior beetle in good health can be a treasure. And with proper annual tune ups and preventative care, should be worth every penny.

Hope you can take her...sounds like she needs somebody.
 
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