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D2006-05

Dear Daisy Dog

Thanks for letting me know that it’s okay to get a dog as a playmate for Hallelujah, my 1-year-old Labrador retriever. What breed is best for Hal?

Daisy Responds

You have two choices: either let Hal pick out the playmate he likes best at the animal shelter, or research the many breeds of dogs and choose the one that best suits your lifestyle.

If you choose to research dog breeds, you’ll find a wealth of information in these two books:

· “The Right Dog for You: Choosing a Breed That Matches Your Personality, Family and Lifestyle,” by Daniel F. Tortora, and
· “Paws to Consider: Choosing the Right Dog for You and Your Family,” by Brian Kilcommons and Sarah Wilson.
I am a rescue dog, and I am so grateful to have a forever family that I shower them with love every day. So personally, I hope you and Hal decide to visit the animal shelter.

My human aunt Kim wanted to find a playmate for Delilah, her Jack Russell-cocker spaniel mix, so they visited our local humane society together.

Delilah leaped for joy when she met Freud, a terrier mix about her size. The two dogs romped together as though they had known each other for years.

Kim was uncertain, so she asked to see several other dogs. But Delilah, gazing longingly at the door through which Freud had been taken, ignored them all.

Since Delilah had made her choice clear, Kim adopted Freud. And the three of them have lived happily ever after.

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