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  • I feel overwhelming guilt for rehoming my dog
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    08-22-2011, 06:06 PM
  #1
Weanling
Rehoming a dog...

This decision is tearing at me and it's been at the back of my mind for some time, almost 6 months now... but I think I need to re-home my 3 year old Miniature Pinscher dog. He is a good little dog, very sweet and affectionate... but he requires a lot more attention than I can give. All of us (myself, my boyfriend, room mate and numerous friends that come around) give him as much attention as we possibly can and it never seems to be enough. We take him for long walks every day, have tried to teach him tricks to occupy his mind and provide bones and toys to chew on while we're gone. I've consulted with trainers, thinking he needs a job to do and despite giving him one, he's just as desperate for all of our attention as he ever was. According to his vet, some dogs are just needier than others and no amount of toys or exercise can change that.

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.
     
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    08-22-2011, 06:28 PM
  #2
Banned
A retired couple sounds like the perfect home for him, but many elderly people are on fixed incomes. I'd say instead of worrying about getting any money for him, just make sure the home and people will be a good fit.

Some dogs demand more affection than others, so it's not wrong to want to rehome him with someone who can be with him the majority of the time. There shouldn't be any guilt associated with it, as long as you're doing what's best for the dog.

As far as people not appreciating something if they get it for nothing, I don't happen to agree with that. My last 2 horses were free, and I care for them as much as I ever did any animal for which I paid a purchase price.
     
    08-22-2011, 08:23 PM
  #3
Weanling
Maybe I worded that wrong. When I list him for sale, I will be listing a price next to him. If I like the people, he likes the people and they like him and are willing to pay for him, I'll just give him to them. Where I live, we've had some pretty insane cases of animal abuse and people using "free" dogs for baiting or just setting them loose when they're tired of their "free" animal. If someone is willing to pay a fee for an animal and jump through hoops to get it, 9 times out of 10, they're not going to be throwing it into a ring as a bait dog.

As it stands, my parents might be willing to give him a home. Even though they both work full time, they own their own business and mom takes their black lab to work every day. She runs around in the fenced stock yard (no trucks going in and out) and Guinness would hang out with her in the office while she faxes or makes photocopies. It would be ideal, because then I could still see him and I know he'd be well taken care of.

I know I shouldn't feel guilty, but it's hard not to. This little dog is pretty bonded to me and I feel horrible for having to change up the life he knows. If I could rehome him to my parents, that would be the best. He knows them, he likes them and my father absolutely adores him. It's kind of funny - my big tough trucker dad, making kissy faces at this teeny 8 lb runt of a dog.
     
    08-22-2011, 11:42 PM
  #4
Green Broke
Sounds like a great solution. Like another poster, I've had a couple of "free" horses & I am so appreciative of the fact that I can spend my limited income on the animal itself, instead of having to budget for things that any new furbaby needs. It really helps, especially in this economy.
     
    08-23-2011, 09:46 AM
  #5
Banned
Courtney, that sounds like a wonderful solution if you can rehome him with your parents.

You'd be surprised how many big, tough dudes are putty in the paws of little foo-foo dogs.
     
    08-23-2011, 09:55 AM
  #6
Banned
If your parents can not take him have you thought about looking into a small breed rescue?
     
    08-23-2011, 11:34 AM
  #7
Weanling
AB - I have thought of it, but I would much rather know where my little dog is going. Luckily, it's not a matter of me having to re-home him right this instant; I have time to find him the most ideal home. I'd love to keep him and I'm trying to think of options to allow me to do that - there is a doggy daycare near my work and maybe that's what he needs. I could drop him off on my way to work and pick him up on my way home, he would have constant interaction all day and Sonya (my other dog) would have a break from his constant heckling, lol.
     
    08-23-2011, 11:35 AM
  #8
Banned
Doggy day care is totally worth a try.

I know lots of people who have used a doggy day care and love how it gives their dog stimulation all day.
     
    08-23-2011, 11:39 AM
  #9
Banned
Lexi doesn't want stimulation all day. She'd rather lie on the bed and sleep!
     
    08-23-2011, 01:18 PM
  #10
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
Lexi doesn't want stimulation all day. She'd rather lie on the bed and sleep!
Heh. That's Sonya, down to a tee. If we would just leave her, she'd be perfectly content to stretch out on the couch and snooze all day. Guinness, on the other hand, would much rather jump all over her, chew on her paws, nip her ears and bring her toys in hopes she'll play tug of war with him. The tug of war game usually ends badly because of the size difference - Sonya is pushing 50 pounds and Guinness is a whopping 8 pounds - but Guinness seems to enjoy it. He's go-go-go all day and Sonya would much rather relax.

I'm going to give doggy daycare a try. If nothing else, Guinness will be able to annoy a handful of other dogs throughout the day and Sonya will be able to rest up for when he comes home.
     
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