I know I can't say much...but I just wanted to rant a little.
Last month I saw a very adorable dog on craigslist.
This is the original ad:
This is Winston, he is a 6 month old corgi cairn terrier mix..He is truly a wonderful dog. He is 101% house trained, GREAT with other dogs, cats and LOVES children. The only reason I am having to re-home this guy is because he has SOOO much energy and we just don't have the room for him to run. I love this dog so much but this is best for him. He needs to go to a home with a [[fenced in]] yard where he can run. Or is you have the time to take him to the park, that would be fine too. I got him from a lady off here in July for $180 but I am only asking a $70 re-homing fee to ensure he gets the loving family he deserves. . Thanks and God bless :)
I fell in love with him the first time I saw him. Talked it over with my husband and after getting the ok went and picked him up. He looked nothing like that picture when I got him, btw. Well for the first day all he did was lay around acting rather depressed. I was worried and took him to the vet to make sure nothing was wrong. Nothing was so I just let him work his way out of the funk.
A couple days later I went to feed the dogs and he went after my old dog (the one I recently put to sleep due to health issues). So after that I separated him away from everyone when he was fed. Notice how the ad above said that he is GREAT with other dogs. I decided that I would work with him slowly until he was ok with the others being around him while he ate. Not only would I have to work on his food aggression I would have to work on potty training to because he was NOT housebroke. Not only did he pee and poop in the house he chewed up everything in his reach. So to the crate he went. Notice how the ad says that he is 101% house trained, which to me includes not chewing on things. It wasn't really a big deal, I've had puppies before and I was willing to work on this.
The next day my one year old had some crackers I had given him in the yard. Winston stole one from him and the baby tried to pick it up. I was standing right there reaching over to pick the baby up and heard him growl. So from then on I was careful to watch what he did and never left him alone with the kids, not even for a second. But to me that growl was strike one. Notice how the ad says that he LOVES children.
Then Winston started to find ways to get out of the yard. It was obvious he was in now way afraid of the horses and went underneath their feet repeatedly, scarring me in the process. So after we put board along the fence so he couldn't escape he learned how to jump through the fence. Clever, to say the least. I also learned that he was not good with cats. He was fine until the cat started to walk away from him then he would attack him. Which ended up in fur flying scuffles. Notice the ad says he was good with cats.
A few days after that Winston lay down on one of my one year old's toys beside my feet on the floor. The baby came over and innocently tried to get the toy from under the dog. Before I could grab the baby Winston, very quickly, bite him in the face. It didn't draw blood but did leave a nice bruise. That was the deal breaker. My husband was adamant that he go. Which I understand. Sure he can be taught to not do that but in the meantime I can't risk my child being injured. I felt VERY bad about making that decision as I don't like to see a dog get passed around. I get dogs to keep (like the dog I just had PTS who was 14 years old and I had her since she was 8 weeks old). So I decided to place him in a rescue who could place him in the best home possible. They would also be able to give him the time and training that he needed.
After talking with the lady at the Corgi rescue I told her my concerns. She told me that Winston would be placed in a foster home until his problems were taken care of. I was pretty happy about that. She came and got him last week. I lost out on the $70 I paid for him and the vet costs but I was okay with that because I knew he would do better in a different home.
Well.... I went and looked at the rescues site today.
Here he is Winston is a cutie! He is the cutest corgi mix I have ever seen. He is a little nippy, but only puppy play nips. He could really use a training class, and you would soon see he would be in the top of his class as he is also very smart. I wouldn't recommend him to a home with small children, but if they are over at least eight yrs. He would do just fine.
More about Winston
- Status: Available for Adoption (adoption info)
- Adoption Fee: $275
- Species: Dog
- General Color: Red/Golden/Orange/Chestnut with White
- Current Size: 18 Pounds
- Potential Size: 22 Pounds
- Current Age: 5 Months 29 Days (best estimate)
Good with Dogs, Good with Cats, Good with Kids
First I'd like to note that those are my pictures that I sent her, that is my kitchen floor. Second I'd like to say that the bite to my son's face was NOT A NIP! I know the difference between a nip and a bite. I do not like that she didn't put in his food aggression to other dogs or the fact that he has attacked my cat (I even showed her the marks). I really like the turn around $275 adoption fee.... after only having the dog for a week.
Anyways, end of my little rant.