I'm just curious...how many of you honestly have had to give up/sell/find a home for a dog in your lifetime? When was it and why?
Most everyone already knows, but for the ones that don't, I had to give up my chihuahua almost a year ago because of financial reasons. I will never let that sort of thing happen again (had to be fair and share when I had to)
Yeah, I don't plan on ever getting in a situation where I will ever have to do that again. I'm glad it was a one time thing. I have heard of people that buy dogs, they don't work out, sell them, buy another and so on. I have a cousin like that. She has had so many dogs. I can understand if you have to for some reason or another (financial, aggression, having a baby, etc.) but it bothers me when people do it just because they didn't realize the responsibility in raising a dog.
yeah i am just waiting for the girl i work with to have to give up her new AB puppy. she's 17, her parents are getting a divorce, they are selling their house, have no idea where either of her parents are going to be living, or who she is going to be living with but she just had to have an AB and right now.
i gave up my pit bull mix but for no other reason then the love for my mom....
her cat of 23 years passed away and she loved my dog to death...she would watch her when we went away and half the time she came to my house i think it was to visit the dog..lol. i had kiarra since she was 2 months old,she was 4 1/2 when i made the disicion to put a red bow on her and give her to my mom for her birthday. it was really hard but i know my mom was so thankful to have a fur friend again...and she spoils her rotten.i know the situation is a little different but its hard to give up a pet no matter what the reason
Yeah, those kinds of situations are sad. Hopefully she will get to keep it to help her through the divorce. I know when my parents got divorced, my Golden Retriever really helped me. But then, I was only 8 too so I think it's harder on kids and I had already had my Golden for a year. It was hard for me having to have him at my dad's though because I only saw my dad on Tuesdays and every other weekend. I guess for me I don't really judge people too much when they have to part with an animal because I don't know their situation, but when they do it, get another, do it again and get another that kind of gets to me. I think they should wait until they know they won't have to do it again.
Unfortunatly I had to give my Dakota up. Even worse I have to admit it was because my husband told me I had to. She was way too hyper for us, poor girl spend most of the day gated into the kitchen or outside because she would literally bounce off the walls Weighed 50lbs. She still acted like that at 4 yrs old. We had hoped she would settle down a little but she didn't. My next door neighbor ended up taking her and her MIL took our cat. The cat died a few yrs later form a snake bite but my old neighbor still has Dakota and sends pics. Both her and the cat were strays when we got them. Dakota was a pup though and I have no clue how old the cat was when we got her. I'm still mad at my husband for making me give her up, but now in TN she has acres to run. He said we'd never have a pet again but then he got me Rudy. A small, calm dog!
I had to give up my white German Shepherd/Husky (Nala) a few years ago after she had attacked her third small dog. My neighbor had his gun out and was threatening to shoot her. I didn't feel like she was safe anymore. Everyone in the neighborhood had a problem with us having her and I was afraid she'd hurt another dog or someone would try to poison her. The first dog she attacked was my cousin's Cairn Terrier. My dog was on a chain and her dog came up and barked at her. My dog got him and ripped open his stomache. My cousin rushed him to the vet and they were able to save him. We got a huge privacy fence and a 6 foot kennel that we fashioned to give her plenty of room to run. We built the fence on 3 sides and opened the kennel longways for the 4th side. The second dog she got when we were adjusting her collar. She ducked her head and ran up and attacked it in it's yard. The dog was medium sized and ran away but she bit it's hindquarters and made huge wounds. The last straw was when I was alone at Christmastime. I went out to feed her. She saw my hands full of food and rammed past me and ran looking for a dog to attack. She found my little neighbor's Beagle. She bit it's back leg and made a huge gash in the muscle. They rushed her to the Emergency vet and was able to save her too. My neighbor (the one who's yard they were in but not the owner of the dog) went in and got his gun and said he was going to shoot her. I grabbed her and dragged her back to the house. I was so mad at my neighbor..and the dog. I decided it was time to turn her over to a German Shepherd Rescue so they could find a home maybe on a farm where she could run but not have small dogs to harm. I really, really miss her. My 11 year old son missed her so much too. That is why we got Kai. He looks like a white mini husky.
Oh that's sad! That's the type of situations I mean. The ones where you are forced to. It's so depressing. I still get guilt when I think about my dog. We had even sold all my husbands rifles and got a loan to try to avoid selling her. And you always wonder if there was just one more thing you could have tried...
I didn't have to find them a new home but when my parents got divorced years ago I went with my mom and the dogs stayed with my dad. My mom bought me my horse to make up for it and that did help! I still got to see them so its not really the same and I even have one of them back now! She is rather old and grumpy but shes still my baby!
My mom did get rid of the horse though:( . I didn't have much of a say in that. THe lady where we boarded him wanted him for a client and my mom wanted her dog so they traded. It was horrible and I was mad for a very long time. If they would have let me see where he was going i might have felt a little better. I didnt get to tell the new owners what he liked or about his tricks or all of the numeroues things he was afraid of. He hadn't been ridden for five years before I got him and I worked really hard with him. He'd be 21 now and I still wonder about him all the time. He was allergic to a lot of things and I hope she told them everything and as long as he is alive and happy i'm fine with it now, I guess! ---Sorry, I rambled! but its good to get it out!
Well, I learned my lesson about early socialization and obedience. We also learned to never, ever tie a dog outside. I had done that since I was a child, but this time really showed me how wrong it is. We got Nala when my son was 2. At first all was well. Then as Nala gained size, she almost knocked Nick down the stairs. We decided to put her outside for Nick's safety. Before we knew it, we had a huge dog that nobody had trained even basic obedience to. She knew how to sit, but would not stay put. It's my fault and I will NEVER let that happen again. When I got my Chow mix, Alex (still had Nala then), I started right away with obedience training. He has even had formal training. Kai has too. I will never ruin another good dog. I did learn from my mistake. I always wonder how Nala is doing. She loved people, kids, even cats. She just hated little dogs. I really miss her.
we had to give away a dog, her name was Heidi, that was when i was about 5 and that was the first and last time, we had to give her away because we had to move and could only take one dog with use, (the house we lived in was like hell) so we picked Tammy, because little Heidi was under a year old and loved everybody she met. Tammy is scared of strange men, it would have killed her to be in a shelter : ( i put her on Dogster, so here she is http://www.dogster.com/?91567 she was my little buddy and i really miss her :(
i will be makeing the pics better like most of the other pics by cropping them ect : )
***Edited By: xANIMALlover4EVER89x on 12/29/2004 9:04:35 PM*** Reason: +
When I was a kid we had a German Shepard mix that bit two of my friends...went for the back of the head both times. Luckily both of them recovered, but obviously there was no way that we could keep him. He was just way too protective of us, way too unpredictable and way too dangerous. My parents were lucky they weren't sued.
I had to give a dog up in march. I was so sad. It was my 2 year old dalmatian. She is sooo beautiful. Like all dalmations she was just a hyper playful never ending evergy, pup forever. After I got married my parents gave us a deadline of until spring to find a place where we could keep her because they didn't want to inherit her, and they were afraid she wouldn't get any attention with them. So when the only place we could afford was a 2 bedroom apartment (that actually allows pets) we had to give her up. She was just too much for the small space we have. She would have been miserable. Plus when she gets bored she desroys things. A friend of mine took her. It turned out great for her because she has a big fenced in yard, and my friend takes her jogging just about every morrning! I bawled as they were taking her away.
But of course I couldn't be without a dog for long. We found a breed a lot more sutable for apartment living.
***Edited By: XjessicaXburgiX on 12/30/2004 12:52:29 AM*** Reason: h
I'm sorry! I have had to give up 5 puppies. I live with my mom and my dog had 5 puppies. My mom would not let me keep them. Lucky 4 me I found homes for all of them and now they all belong to my friends.