I'm not one to just give up an animal without thinking about it, and believe me... I've agonized over this. I've been keeping an eye and ear open for a retired couple who might like a cuddly little dog just in case, but it's becoming more and more apparent that I need to do this for him. He needs to have human companionship all the time and I know he'll be better off in the long run... but how do I cope with the guilt?
I'm feeling especially guilty because I'm keeping the other dog. She's much calmer and doesn't require as much attention. She's perfectly content to be in the same room as us, occasionally getting up to make sure we haven't wandered away. In a nutshell, she's better suited to the fact that we can't give her attention all the time.
How do I ensure my dog finds the very best home? I am not just giving him away (as sad as it is, sometimes people take better care of what they have to pay for), and will be doing a home visit, checking references and speaking with the potential new home's vet. What else can I do to ensure he has the best home I can possibly find him? The guilt I'm feeling is absolutely overwhelming right now, because I feel like I've failed him.