Confused about giving a pet up

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Registered: 05-01-2003
Confused about giving a pet up
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Thu, 05-01-2003 - 5:03pm
I am new to this board and just need a little advice. I have 3 dogs; 2 minature doxies and a bloodhound (Trouble). Recently my husband and I have both started working alot of hours and do not get to spend alot of time with the dogs. I really feel bad for Trouble because our yard is not that big and I normally run with him in the afternoons but have not been able to do this lately. We are also getting ready to build a house in a new neighborhood that does not allow you to have a very high fence. We have considered finding Trouble a new home. We have a Vet in our home town that lives on a farm and has 2 other Bloodhounds and 4 horses. This Vet is very interested in Trouble and we are suppose to go and meet her this weekend. I am very confused about what to do. I love Trouble so much and cannot stand the thought of not seeing him every day. On the other hand I am trying to think of his welfare and how much happier he will be on a farm with plenty of room to run around. This Vet came highly recommended by a family member who said she is very loving to her animals. Also because she is in our hometown I could check up on Trouble from time to time. Please if anybody has any advice for me I would appreicate it.

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Registered: 03-20-2003
Thu, 05-01-2003 - 7:34pm
Welcome to the Dogs Board mel1274....I'm sure that you have thought long and hard about this decision. To be perfectly honest, my DH and I always worked/commuted long hours but DH always found time in the evenings to spend with our two girls. Some people would comment that they were not getting enough "quality" time, but we spent as much time as possible with them during the week and "always" spent lots of time with them on the weekends. I could "never" give up one of my girls for any reason; and maybe I'm selfish in that way.

That's not to say that you don't have legitimate concerns. If you "really" feel that giving up Trouble is the right thing to do, then you have to do what "you" think is right. I'm sure you will miss him terribly but that feeling may fade in time. Please be sure, however, to thoroughly research the person that you will give him up to.

Good luck and please let us know what you decide.

Hugs,

Laura

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Registered: 04-23-2003
Thu, 05-01-2003 - 10:29pm
Hello Mel1274. Before I got my 2 dogs now, we had a lab,Katie. Our yard isnt big and everytime we went to visit my husband freind, who lives on a farm, I could see how much she loved it there. She had soo much room to run all day with his other dogs. I think she got a crush on one of his dogs since she whined the entire way home. We finally decided to let her stay there. We visit often and Katie is so happy. It was very hard, I wont lie about that. I suggest that you take Trouble there as a visit to see what he thinks. If he likes it, then you will have your answer. Talk more with the vet first to see how they are with their other pets. I hope this has helped. Wendy
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Registered: 05-01-2003
Tue, 05-06-2003 - 10:25am
Thank you for all of your advice about Trouble. Just wanted to post an update. We did go meet the vet this weekend and she and Trouble got along fine and he seemed to get along with her other two Bloddhounds. So we let her take him. Monday morning however, she called me and said that Trouble was being agressive towards her male Bloddhound and she didn't think it would work out. She had another couple who wanted him but we chose to take him back. We did have her neuter him so maybe he will calm down a bit. We were upset all weekend so I guess it is a blessing that he is now home and doing fine!!!!!! I guess he is meant to be with us after all so he is just going to learn how to get along with my two doxies!! Thanks for all of your kind words and I will keep you updated on our progress!!!!