Well heres my issue. As some o you know I have done alot in rescueing dogs and pups. A year ago I took in a jack russell who I helped whelp 4 adorable puppies. Then 2 months ago or so we took in a yellow lab hes a doll! He is 8 months old and does training very easily. Well, the problem is I recently discovered through various testing, unfortunately the numbing in my arms and legs is due to multiple sclerosis. It is so hard or me to move at times and my dogs are used to me taking them or atleast the very minimum of 2 walks per day. Well due to the ms I can no longer hold them as Im afraid I mightt lose feeling (which happens requently) and they will get loose or worse lost. Also Im finding it very dificult to play with them as much as I used to as lately I am so exhausted I been going to bed at 5pm and dont even get up until 7am the next day! I feel as Im neglecting my babies! I did speak to my husband who works like 70 hrs a week and we think it is best to just adopt them out. I did ind a friend of mine to take the jack russell however I can't seem to find a new home for my lab? Are yellow labs not as in high demand as black labs? Im confused? Is it because when I place an ad in the paper that I put I will nueter him before he goes and if there is a reason the new owner needs him to go that they must return it to me by contract. I dont think thats asking alot but anyone have any advice for what I should do? Its killing me enough that I can barely care or myself let alone my babies. Thanks or any suggestions. =(
It sounds like what you are requiring of the new owner is the best idea to make sure he's going to a good home. Neutering him and requiring that they return him to you if it doesn't work out. Maybe you should wait to discuss those things until you have someone who is interested and not include that in the ad? Just explain all that when somebody calls instead. I would also check with your vet and see if they will post something for you in their office. Mine does it all the time and then you will know a little bit about the potential adopter because the vet will know them. And sometimes local rescues will help you with a courtesy posting on Petfinder. They include it under their organization but indicate that the adoption is through a private owner. You stated that you rescued this dog, have you considered contacting the place you got him from for help finding him a home?
And I am really sorry for what you are facing with your health and with having to give up your babies. I don't know which one would be harder for me to bear.
Unfortunately he was rescued from a persons home not a shelter or rescue group. In our area Buffalo NY, the shelters are full or they put them down and I dont want to see him end up there either. I think hes better off not walked here then stuck in a 3X3 kennel when hes used to roaming my whole house. Im not in any rush as I will make sure that the home he goes to will be suitable and there will be a signed contract that he comes back to me or my husband if they can longer keep him, and also I am able to visit him within suitable times with a call with atleast 2 weeks notice to make sure he is doing good and being well cared for.
I'm very sorry about your diagnosis. I used to help a young girl who had ms and I can understand what you are going through.
And I'm sorry that you have to rehome your dogs....is there a way you can get someone to walk the dogs for you? Is there any way of getting scooter for yourself? I used to see those commercials for a company that provided scooters for free - probably some kind of insurance company. Sorry I live in Canada and don't know what kinds of services can be provided in the U.S. And then in the evening, possibly get someone to walk your dogs? It sounds like you really love your dogs so I'm trying to think of some way you can still live with them without wearing you out. I know labs are energetic but if someone can walk him in the evening and wear him out....
In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semi human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog. ~Edward Hoagland
I too am sorry to hear of your diagnosis. My niece has MS and it is a terrible disease. I do know from experience with her, the more exercise you can get, the better. Maybe a small walk? What has your nuerologist said? Maybe there is some way to tether them to you, so you do not have to worry about dropping the leashes? Good luck and god bless.
do you know what kind of MS you have? if it is relapsing and remmitting you have a pretty good chance of finding a drug that can help keep relapses fewer and farther in between and lead a pretty normal life, even keep your pups. My mom has MS and it we had recently found out it spread to her spine. She was in the hospital for 3 weeks and wasnt able to walk, while weeks before she was cutting grass. Well long story short, I was at her house yesterday and she went from needing a comode by her bed to walking around the back yard by herself in 2 months. She had tons of PT and OT and they played with her meds and found one that works better. MS is so crazy, and if you can keep yourself at all physically active, it really does help! If you ever want to talk about MS, let me know! My moms had it for a while and I have done a lot to keep up on all of the current research, ect.
The hardest years are those between 10 and 70. -- Helen Hayes
I have decided to keep my lab. I just cant bare to be without him lol. I have hired a friend of mine to walk him 3 times a day as we used to. Actually my friend is gonna do it free. Which is great as right now I cant imagine life without my boy! as for those who asked what type of MS its remitting relapsing. The new MRI last week shows more lesions than a month ago but I have found ways of coping. I sleep when I feel my body telling me to do so, also yes taking small walks tends to keep me a bit better at no spasms in my legs. I now just tend to walk with my boy in my yard where I know he cant get loose. I dont think he would leave my side anyways but Im not gonna take the chance. He suh a good snuggler though he seems to really be like glue to my side when Im having a bad day painwise. I just love him to no end! Now my friend wants me to breed him with hers. Thats a whole other topic. Healthwise though Ill be off from here for a bit as Im goin in for surgery next wed. to get the good ole ovaries out then my ms nuero is gonna also be doin neck surgery as c5-6 and c6-7 discs are herniated and causing some of my numbness. which is better than the ms causing it. but ill try and check back often. thanks for all the well wishes!