I have a 1 1/2 year old Rhodesian Rhidgeback, he is the greatest companion a girl could have, where I live animals are not allowed in the house, so Ive always done special things for him, like car trips or walks after work. I began tying him up about 3 months (never all day!!) ago when I heard he was chasing cars while I was away at work. So when I would get home in the evening, I would let him off his dog tie (its 16ft, non-metal safety dog tie). We'd play and I'd take him for a ride and so forth and he would just lay up on the porch. He was allowed off his chain all night while I was home! Now I have a problem, Im going to be starting a second job and working from 9am-11pm. (3 or 4 days out of the week). It breaks my heart to think Im gonna have to leave him tied up all day like that!! He is such a loving, sweet, energectic dog, but until I start this second job I don't have the money to put up the rest of the fence on the yard where he can run free. Any suggestions? or am I worrying to much and my boy will be okay? Please help, Im guilt ridden!!
Do you have a friend or neighbour who would take him for a walk, till you get the fence up. You could also look into a doggy daycare, if your budget will allow it. You could also look into a line of credit to build the fence, since you have 2 jobs.
Very true, however, Im just starting the second job for extra money. So nothing "extra" just yet. Ive asked my roomate if she would just make sure he has food in the evening for me and she replied "i have one dog to take care of already", (she allows her 10 yo beagle in the house). Im thinking of taking him to my uncle who lives close by on days that I work double shifts at the hospital (the second job is another dept at the hospital), but would it be pointless to take him there at 9am then pick him up at 11pm, bring him home then take him back again at 9am? I just don't like the idea of him being lonely! My uncle has 2 other dogs and a cat, and JaJa (my RR) is best friends with them. Or should I just go over indulge on toys and stuff and leave out there with him?
It`s a very long time to leave a dog tethered, and I personally hate tethering a dog. I would seriously look into getting that fence built, one way or the other, I know you don`t have much spare cash. Have you looked into a lumber yard credit card. Those are handy. The other option would be to just leave him with your uncle, if he will take him. How long before you can afford the fence,just by saving. I would kick your room mate in the A"& too, by the way!
lol..oh yeah, When she said that too I was floored, numerous times I have cleaned up her dogs mess from getting in the trash, or hear her barking at 6am to be let back in the house, and I never complain, thats just part of having dogs!! But oh well, JJ is my boy! I know, I think Im gonna have to take him to my uncle's, it shouldnt be too long before I get that extra cash.Ya know its important lesson Ive learned (and thank god i have a patient dog, hee hee) but growing up my father took care of the animals, we just got play with them, but at 26 and having my first pet, ALL ALONE, it's a lot of work. However, many, many parts Im truley enjoying tho, he is like my best buddy, and hearing just another person confirm tying JJ up is not the best thing, I can't do it. Im gonna have to figure this out. Im glad I know where to look for advice tho, cause at times I need it! Like getting JJ in the car is easy as pie! Getting him out, I drive an SUV, so when I open the back hatch he jumps to the middle seat, when I open the back door he jumps to the back hatch! So im chasing him all over the car to get him out.lol! I had to quickly grab his leg one day (and hold onto it)when he went to go jump over and I never been that forceful with him, but he needs to know when the car ride is over....get out! lol any tips on that one? Thanks a bunch, and please excuse my ignorance, but this is the first dog Ive had to be 100% responsible for, and he is 1 1/2 years old, and is attatched to my hip when were outside or running errands, so Ive done something right! But d***, are all Rhodesian Rhidgebacks this stubborn??
RRMomma, your dog should be secured when he's in the car for a few reasons, the secondary one being that it will be very easy to get him out. The biggest reason is that if you have to make a sudden stop, he won't go flying over the seat and into the window, God forbid. Leaving him with your uncle is a lot better than leaving him tied up outside. At least he'll get some interaction and have someone to play with. He'll also know that you're coming to get him once you establish a pattern, which should keep him a happy dog. Trust me, I know it's not easy but it sounds like that scenario would be best for him. At this point I wouldn't trust your roommate to give him water, food, or anything since she made it clear that she thinks it's a burden.
I am not a huge fan of tying a dog out, but we did have to do it after we adopted Yukon. He only had to be tied for a few months, until we got our underground fence. Now he has 3 acres! My opinion is always put the safety of the dog first. We live on a very busy country road. It just wasn't an option to build a fence. And Huskies off-leash will take off and never come back. So I would have rather had him tied and safe, than to be run over or lost.
I don't think it's a terrible thing to tie him if it's just temporary. Just make getting the fence finished your first priority for him. I would, however, have someone come over during the day to make sure he still has water and isn't wound around something. Esp since you can't trust your silly roommate to take care of him. She should try taking care of 4+ dogs alone! LMAO! My hubby works alot so it's up to me! I love it though! It's my dream!
I, too, would be very reluctant to tether my dog for such an extended period of time & even if your flaky roommate provided him with the basics, a dog needs more interaction than the very bare necessities throughout each day. I was pretty disheartened at your impending situation until I got to the part about your uncle who lives near by! Bless his heart for being there for you - AND for JJ! That sounds like the ideal environment for JJ since on those days you are working a double shift you'll be absolutely exhausted when you return home & will no doubt want to fall right into bed anyway. And think how much fun you & JJ will have together on your days off!
I'm also thinking if, instead of investing money to build a fence, you might not be far better off looking for another rental that already provides you with a fenced yard, & where your guy will be welcome into your home, able to share your bed each night.
***Edited By: Lucky Lady on 9/21/2007 11:59:35 PM*** Reason: *
I agree that your dog should go to uncle's on your double-shift days. It is a doggie day care and you're lucky to have a relative who will help you out.
Also, I do think you need to live someplace where your dog is welcome. If it's your place, kick the roommate out. If it's her place, move. If you are sharing a rental, tell her to go to *ell, you are also paying rent and your dog should be able to come in at night.