Hello everyone, its been awhile but ive really been weighing my situation and its been very hard, My female had a accidental liter about 8 months ago- needless to say i got attached to them and still have them. One did go to my husbands sister and her family in california when they were here visiting- and letting lily go was the hardest thing ive ever done, it was like losing a child . i cried myself to sleep the day they took her and had the worst pain in my chest and i knew it was a broken heart. but love her enough to let her have a good life with a good family and not one of many here. My dogs are well cared for and loved. but what a handful. they are attached to us and we are them and its very hard with 5 dogs and to find the time to train and teach them. its my selfishness that keeps them here i guess, i just worry they wont be cared for or will end up in dog pound or some where i cant keep in contact to make sure they are well and happy. sad that they will be scared and sad if i do let them go to a new home. IS it to late? i know dogs are rehomed every day. but i was told by my vet i will know when its time and when the right family comes along and i will be happy to let them go to a good home. I did find a home for cooper and i was at work but this was a friend of a friend i talked with and still didnt have a great feeling about this lady and her teenage daughter but my husband told me im being to picky- so while i was at work my husband delt with the lady and her daughter and her chi she brought to see the puppys this was about 2 months ago- she takes cooper, and my husband said for any reason you can bring him home- of coarse i was heart broken she took cooper but was like ok he has a home and a family and some one that can give him one on one attention. well the lady was texting my friend at work that he pooped on the floor and her dog wasnt really liking cooper this was like 2 hours later, so i panic and i text the lady and say you can bring him home and that it takes a few days for dogs to get use to each other, blah blah blah and yes cooper is potty pad trained and was told that but she didnt understand of coarse hes scared and going to have accidents. so she txts me back and said she made a hasty descisson and that she would like to return him, oh i was very upset and hurt for cooper, but relieved he was coming home cooper was so scared , starving and not himself for a hour or so. so this is what i worry about, was she mean to him when he had a accident> and what did this quack think that he was fully trained ? hes a puppy. they are all very good dogs, but when does it to come to the point of hording? not being able to give the care to my dogs because i have so many? they time they crave to spend time with just me but having so many its like they get jelous. my female was spayed. no more puppies, id probably end up keeping them all. this wasnt the plan at all to keep them, my husband had homes lined up and i kept saying they arent ready to go yet, 18 weeks for small breed dogs, then maybe alittle longer and now 8 months old they are still here and loved very much. my husband says they are home and they dont need to go to homes, but i debate and think every day how selfish i am that keeping them to make me feel better when they would be happier im sure with a family that can play with them and let them run and play, now taking 5 small dogs out that dont listen worth a crap most the time, i have to kennel a few at a time and let the other few run and play and then they switch, they all do get time and exercise but it isnt easy most days. these puppies are mixed . father is maltese and mother is maltese and bichon frise. the puppies look like bichons in size but have long straight hair like maltese , they are the cutest thing ever. my vet also said to bring them to petsmart and walk around with them and some one will want them , UGHH what? i dont want them going to just anyone- and im not trying to ditch them. i will just keep them, but i was told tho that puppies arent like children and they will forget me in 2 days?? so they arent sad and missing me as i would them.
was my vet right? will i just know when its time and the right family will just show up at my door step? haha ive NEVER advertised them or tried to find homes, the people that were interested i told i was keeping them. i do know a few ppl that do want one but i dont think they are good choice and would rather them be with me till i find that right one. Is it rehoming now because they are so old? or is it still trying to find homes for puppies? i truly am sorry for my ramble but my gosh i go to bed with this in my head and when i wake up and i am attached by a herd of sheep.lol then i think i will keep juicy- just keep one puppy . but then think cooper will think why her and not me. im a dog freak and i never use to be this way ever, untill ,my first dog, i hated dogs, the smell the hair, scared they would bite and now they are the love of my life and they make me happy and when im sad they are all there laying with me and loving me- yes i do have children...lol they are teenagers now but they say i love my dogs more then them, some days they are right lol but i know im known as the dog lady- my friends and work thinks im a werido for keeping all my pups and that i have so many dogs.
what would anyone do in this situation? the training place i talked to told me to work on the oldest dog i have, which does know basic commands but is very bullheaded. but the puppies will learn from their mother but so far i dont see much of that. and no every one in my family wants to keep them but not one of them helps me take them all out or clean up accidents or all the crap they chew so its me taking care of 5 dogs 2 cats 2 children and 1 husband and working- UGHHHHHH
please no need to be rude or harsh, i did this out of love for my dogs and not having that feeling they wernt ready to go, which turned into loving them and them being part of the family. but if the right family came along i would consider it, im not at all agasint it but so far that right person hasnt come along where i know they are dog lovers like i am and would walk the end of the earth for their dogs like i would. i know if i put them in the paper they would find homes but i dont want them to find homes like that- i want to know the ppl i want them to keep in contact with me, i want them to keep their names, my husband said who wants a dog named juicy- lol but i do! does anyone have some insight on this? am i wrong? am i a horder of dogs? i just feel tho im taking the responsibilty of my liter and making sure they are cared for, not in a dog pound which i would die if one of my dogs ever ended up there.
awww its so hard for you!! I do sympathize with you. you could ask your vet if any=one knows who is looking that will love your babies. Etleast you can say they definately come pre-spoiled!!! best of luck:0)
Sunnydaze, if you want 5 dogs that does not make you a hoarder...however, you must get a handle on training them, if you're going to keep them. This will be a difficult task, since you have to train one at a time, but it can be done with a lot of perseverance. You must also be able to groom them properly, and pay vet bills that crop up.They should all be spayed and neutered by now, which is a hefty price tag. If you decide you really should find a new home for one or two of them you have to carefully screen the prospective buyers. When I sell a pup I have a 2 page questionaire that they fill out, and if there is something on it that I don't like...they don't get a pup. I'll give you a few of my questions and if you wish to know any more you can p.m me.
Have you ever owned a dog, or dogs before, and if so,what breed, how many, and where are they now? Have you ever trained a puppy, and did you crate train? Do you work full time? Do you have children, and how old are they? What do you and your family like to do for recreation? Do you live in an urban or rural area, and do you have a fenced yard? Are you interested in obedience training? Do you have any other pets, if so what kind? Where will the pup spend most of it's time, in the house or outside?
These are a few, you may wonder why I would ask some of them, but there's a good reason for every one. Evem if I like what I see on the application, I still want to see the family if possible, or I strike up good communication with them by phone and e-mail, and watch and listen for red flags. You should charge a reasonable price for any dog you sell, enough to cover it's veterinary costs, and I would spay or neuter any dog you sell.
So, if you feel a little overwhelmed by this little horde of monsters, there are plenty of people looking for the exact mix you have. Don't feel guilty about finding them new homes because if you don't have the time it takes to train 5 dogs, then you really are doing a disservice to them. Just screen your prospective buyers out the ying yang to put your mind at rest.
Believe it or not, when I first started breeding, I kept my whole first litter, not all at my own house but split between my family and I. I didn't make a single cent from them, and didn't care one bit.I just loved them all so much I could'nt bear to part with them...some breeder I am. (was)
I wish you luck, and I know how hard it's going to be to part with them. I do however, think that it's a good idea to find homes for at least 2. Let us know how it goes, and what you decide to do.
You must be exhausted! I have 3 dogs (2 of them are puppies), 2 teenagers, a husband and a full-time job. I guess most families are the same because my husband and kids love playing with our dogs but I do 90% of the feeding, walking, cleaning and training.
I just wanted to tell you that I think you're doing a great job and it's nice to hear how much you love your dogs!