Many of you know that we had to give our dog away to a new home. We found him a home with a retired couple who are home all the time and love to go camping and go out on the boat. They have a fully fenced one acre piece of land. They were looking for a dog just like Koda. They love their animals alot, I could tell by the way she was caring for her 16 year old blind Lhasa Apso. lol We had to find him a home because he had to be tied up outside or put in a 10x20 kennel, he has a problem with his lungs which doesn't allow him to cool himself properly and so he had to stay outside. It was terrible. He would pace and pace in his kennel and it just ate me up inside, we can't get a fence until spring and so he basically would have to stay in his kennel or tied up all winter. Well, we did decide to let him go and they are very happy and Koda seems very happy too, but I have been told by a couple people that I did the wrong thing and that I just keep getting bored with my dogs nad I shouldn't own any at all. I was also told that I was just passing him on so I could get a new one. It made me feel terrible. So, are they right? Did I do the wrong thing? I hate thinking of him the way he was, he was the most wonderful dog but he was not happy here. And I do feel guilty that I couldn't do more for him. We tried. He had a heated and air conditioned dog house as well as his own deck and we bought him holstic all natural dog food to help with his problem. I just don't know what else I could have done. (Just so you know, we also had to give away another dog about 4 1/2 months ago, a little border collie mix because she kept getting out and would just take off towards the highway, I was very afraid that she would get hit, as many dogs on there do.)
Katz... If YOU feel you have done the right thing for your dog and it is happy and at a good home. Then that is all that matters. This dog board is for advise for us to better help each other with our pets. Some ppl will not agree with the choices we make and some will. That is everyones choice. I am not sure if you are feeling guilt because ppl have not agreed with you in the past ?? Sorry but I don't get a chance to read all the posts and topics on this board as things move very fast here . So I don't really remember what your whole situation was ?? BUT I am sorry that you have not had good luck with your dogs. I hope that Koda will be happy at her new home and that you may have peace in your heart . Jubilee
what was the name of the lung problem koda had ? i have never experienced that problem before and i find it very interesting. if the people are happy and koda is happy then you did the right thing. i can't imagine how it must have made you feel to come to this conclusion but it doesn't seem like you just dumped him off on someone. you took the time and found him an appropriate home. that in itself shows you cared about him.
Well, I just feel like I didn't give him all I could while I had him here with me. BTW, It wasn't anyone on here who said that, it was actually my soon to be father in law.....nice huh? Anyway, I just wish I could have done something different to keep him. I am going to see him tonight. I miss him. I haven't seen him all weekend. Thank you guys for your support.
Scout, I will find out from the vet's on Wednesday. I will let you know what it is called but he basically cannot overexert himself or he overheats and he is only two and in the house, he was just hot and panting non stop. He would drink and drink until he threw up but he could not cool down unless he was outside.
Katz, Sounds like you've had to make some tough decisions. Of course you feel bad letting your pooches go, but ultimately, it is what is better for the dog that matters, and it sounds like you put them before your own wants. You need to listen to your own heart, not what other people say. Sometimes, they just don't think, you know? How can they know what you are going through when they are not in your situation? Anyway, it sounds like the first dog with the retired couple is very content, and that is all that matters. Take care and chin up!
Katz- I had to give away a part border collie about 1 1/2 years ago too. She was given to me full grown and had been passed around to several different homes. I really didn't know anything about dogs at the time. She had separation anxiety and destroyed my home. I still feel quilty about giving her away. I didn't know how to deal with her problem then. I found her a good home and was honest with the new owners about her problem, unlike the person who gave her to me(well maybe she developed it after I got her). Anyway, I am sure that she is much better off. The new owner said they knew how to deal with this problem and were experienced at it. They were home in the day time too, so she wouldn't be alone alot. Your dog is in a better situation, so do not let anyone make you feel bad for your decision.
I know what you are going through. I was told the same thing when I placed my last lab (sydney) in a new home. She was a stray that was pregnant and had been abused. I didnt bother looking for the owners too hard since she had been abused and I had every intention of keeping her and getting her fixed after the pups. I found out she was not comfortable in the house and that she needed to be outside 24/7. I have a fairly good size pen for Duncan and her but she didnt like to be in it. She would pace, jump, pace, jump back and forth at the gate for hours on end. I let her run free as much as possible but it didnt seem to be enough for her. I then decided she would be better off with someone who had a huge fenced in yard or a country home where she could be "free". It took several months and screening many, many people until I found the perfect family for her. It was a single mother of 2 with a live-in nanny. She has a huge fenced in yard for her to run, run, run. She is very happy in her new home and I miss her dearly but I know she is in a better place. I dont for 1 minute feel guilty even though comments have been made that I just wanted to get rid of her to get Lilly. DO NOT let anyone make you feel guilty over the choice you made. If Koda is happy and the couple are happy and you know it is best for him to be where he is, then you have no reason to feel guilty at all. Sounds to me like you did the best you could for him while he was with you.
It was a very unselfish thing you did. Even though you knew it would be hard to let him go! I think you know you did the right thing for the dog you love......and with knowing it would hurt to do so. I find it noble of you.