Okay. I don't know if any of you remember my posts where I talk about my friend's chihuahua. Well, she really does have a chihuahua, named Achielles. But some of the other stories about her chihuahua that I have talked about, really I was referring to a chihuahua I had. I know I said Hunter was my first dog since our bloodhound, but the truth is that I had a chihuahua after we had the bloodhound. I told ya'll about the bloodhound. I was embarrassed to talk about it because I had to find a home for her at the end of August and I felt like the worst pet owner on the face of the planet. I had her for a year. She was the tiniest dog I had ever seen. I wasn't trying to get such a small dog, she just turned out that way. But she was only a pound and a half. She was always healthy and super sweet. She literally never barked and she LOVED my kids. I brought her everywhere and all the employees at the stores I would shop at knew who she was and had treats for her everytime we visited. Well, my husband lost his job awhile back, and we ended up getting 1000 behind on bills. I had no choice to sell her. We sold other things first to try to get caught up. We even tried to get a loan, but since we are younger and don't have a lot of established credit yet (we don't even have credit cards) we couldn't get approved. We couldn't borrow that much money from anyone. So it came down to selling her because there were people literally bugging me everyday to buy her (I'm guessing because of her size). I sold her for 1000 (believe it or not, that was what I was offered from someone, not what I was asking). I took them up on the offer because we needed the money so bad. I'm sorry I never mentioned this before, but it was just too painful for me and I didn't want anyone to think any less of me for selling my dog. When we got back on our feet, my husband and I got Hunter because we were at the shelter looking into fostering, and Hunter was only 8 weeks old and on death row. I feel extremely guilty for getting another dog after my chihuahua, but I really only sold her because of money reasons, not because of her. And I swore I wouldn't get another dog until we were back on our feet, and once we were, we just happened to come across Hunter. When I posted my first comment about potty training, I really needed to know because my chihuahua was litter trained. I thought I would let everyone know because I do know quite a bit about chihuahuas (she was a longcoat) and I talked to soooooooo many breeders before I got her because of our experience with the bloodhound and parvo, I didn't want to get a dog that was unhealthy ever again. So I have learned a lot about breeders and the breed of chihuahuas in general by getting her. So for the official record, I had a golden when I was a kid that had epilepsy and had to be put down in 1994. Then when I got married, hubby and I got the bloodhound who ended up having parvo because we got him from a pet store. Then I had the chihuahua and now Hunter. Just thought I would tell ya'll. I miss my dog so bad and I was just really thinking about her today, and ya'll are so nice I thought it would finally be okay to tell you. I hope this doesn't make anyone mad...
It probably WILL make some people mad, but understand, no one knows you, they have no idea what it was like to be in your exact situation therefore they can't truly know what they would have done in that exact situation. I cannot imagine selling my own dog, but then again, I have never been *that* desperate for money. ~Seij
You've got to do what you've gotta do for your family. As long as she is in a good home. I totally understand, and by the way, from previous expierience, don't get a credit card! You can believe how fast you can max one out. You don't even relize your using it. I hope you hubby finds a job, you will be in my prayers. It was very hard for us adjusting from my husband leaving the navy, and going to Civilian life. Don't beat yourself up over it.
huntersmom.................I doubt that this could possibly effect anyone else as much as it has you. Sometimes desperate times call for desperate measures. I can only imagine how hard that must have been for you, and I certainly can't say that you did a very bad thing, because I do not feel that.
Yeah, my husband works two jobs and I work as a receptionist for a moving company as that has helped us catch up, but before that, we were just sooooooooo strapped. It was crazy how losing a job can cause such a ruckus with things.
I would have a very hard time selling a pet I loved dearly but when it comes down to not having the money to take care of your family and or pet, you do what you have to do. I dont hold it against you at all. I do have to give you credit for coming out with the truth.
Thanks you guys, you guys are so sweet. I just really wanted to say something because I see a lot of chihuahua posts on here and want to comment, but don't. Also, I didn't want people to say, 'so you had a dog, and sold it and bought another?' I wanted everyone to know that we sold my chihuahua when my husband lost his job. But since then, he had gotten two jobs, and I was always a stay at home mom, but I got a job working from home and now we are finally caught up and hunter was going to be put down that day, so since we were caught up, I really wanted to save his life. I felt by saving his life, that I was correcting the fact that I had to sell my other dog. If that makes sense..lol
Oh, that is such a terrible thing for you. I'm sure you made sure she went to a good home. It's awful that you had to do it, but it is understandable. Sometimes we have to do things that we don't want to do, but have no other choice. I'm glad you told us. I know it wasn't easy. I'm glad things are going well for you now and you did do a good thing by saving hunter. Don't forget that. Have a good day! Rusty the Golden Retriever http://www.dogster.com/?68489 Bailey the Pug http://www.dogster.com/?68491 Ariel the Chihuahua http://www.dogster.com/?68494 Lady the Greyhound http://www.dogster.com/?78537
The women I sold her to is super sweet. She said a prayer for our family when they came to pick her up (which I thought was really nice), and she emails me with updates and has also given me her number since she lives fairly nearby. She says I can visit anytime. So that makes me feel better. I haven't visited yet because they just built their house and it just got finished 2 weeks ago, so I'm sure their busy.
Well, that's great. I'm sure she is in a good home. I hope that helps ease the pain a little. It might be hard to go see her though. It would be for me anyway. Have a good day! Rusty the Golden Retriever http://www.dogster.com/?68489 Bailey the Pug http://www.dogster.com/?68491 Ariel the Chihuahua http://www.dogster.com/?68494 Lady the Greyhound http://www.dogster.com/?78537
Huntermom, you wasted your confession on me. I would have never known. After a while it gets confusing as to who has what. I would have never gone back to check. Don't think everyone is like me though, and that your confession is in vain. Relax, not a biggie.
Don't worry. I once had a chocolate lab before we had Kaitlyn. I got him when I was pregnant because I was home all the time by myself. Brad worked nights so I felt that I needed a dog to keep me company, plus it made me feel safe. He was so sweet and hyper. But I loved him. Well, we had Kaitlyn and he totally changed. We tried everything to get him to like the baby but he just wouldn't give in. he would growl at her all the time and when I got on to him he would snarl at me. So, four months later we got him a friend, Oscar. He was a little better but he still didn't like Kaitlyn. Him and Oscar never fought, they loved each other. We finally had to break down and get rid of him. Kaitlyn was a year and a half at the time. So we thought he would have plenty of time to get adjusted. But we thought wrong. We gave him to a wonderful lady that had lab that was about to be put down because of arthritis. So he was there for her when she lost her dog. He is doing great there and I go see him every once and a while. His new family loves him like they had him since he was a puppy. I do feel guilty though for getting rid of him, but I just couldn't have a dog that didn't accept my child. I was afraid that he would injure her. So you are not the only one that had to get rid of a dog. Sorry this is so long.
awwww...huntersmom thats so sad! When I was younger, around 5 or 6 I think, we got a dog named Hunter. Like Shadow, only not mixed with pit. Pure black lab. He was an adult and needed us. We had him for two days and my decided he wanted wanted a cat instead. My mom and I were upset. I was forced to give him away. That will luckily NEVEr happen with Shadow. My mom and I have wanted a dog for so long, and now even my dad loves them, and wants to get another in the future. Hunter ebcame a police dog. I'm not sure if he is still alive or not.
Shadow and paige, thanks for sharing your stories. Shadow, that's probably why it's easy for you to remember my name, because you had a dog named Hunter too! hehe :) Cricketmom, lol. That's true. I have trouble remembering everyone's dogs too. I'm constantly going on dogster to double check. :) I think more than anything I hate lying to people. Plus, there have been times that Allie will talk about her chi, and I wanted to comment. Or when people were trying to get you to post pics of your yorkie. And you saying things about him being really small. I could so relate to that, and couldn't say anything. Snickers (My chihuahua) was only a pound and a half. Literally the size of a box of mac and cheese. Everyone would always think I just wanted a 'teacup' dog and was jumping on the fad bandwagon, but that wasn't the case at all. I bought her from a show home, and she was mine from birth. She was the only female in the litter, and that was the kind I wanted, so she was reserved to me right off. I had no idea about her size. But I got a lot of 'teacup' comments. But anyway..going off on a tangent..she was such a neat dog :)
Sometimes these things happen and work out for reasons we may never understand. I am sure, though it hurts you, it was all for the best. And I can totally understand saying anything right away until getting to know people better. Sometimes it is better to handle things that way. No judging from over here!! :0)
That was very nice and responsible for you to tell us the truth. I think we all have to do certain things under situations, we wouldn't want you to keep the Chihuahua and then not be able to provide it with his/her needs, (food, shelter, toys, etc.) You did a very honorable thing and don't let anyone tell you different! :-)