My grandmother's eighteen year old beagle, Tippy, died about a year ago and my grandmother has been lonely for a dog ever since. She is turning 85 in a month and, when I asked her what she wanted for her birthday, she said that what she wanted more than anything was another puppy but she was to old to train another pup. They have a fenced in yard and my grandmother takes a walk every day, which she hasn't really enjoyed since Tippy died. It had been their special activity that they have shared since Tippy was a puppy.
I had a thought about buying her another puppy and keeping it at my house until her birthday so that I could housebreak it for her. I already have a house full of animals and kids but I don't think that one more puppy for only a month will be a big deal. A student of mine has a litter of mixed breed puppies that I am going to meet tomorrow. I've seem pictures and they are adorable. The mother is about 15lbs and she is a Beagle/Jack Russel mix and the father is unknown.
I just want some opinions before I decide. My grandfather is excited about this. He knows how much she wants another puppy but he agrees that housebreaking and training is going to be a problem at their age and likes my idea of training the pup myself.
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