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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

To Blue or not To Blue

                                                               

                                                                             

I am having a real dilemma. Blue is 8 years old and I raised him from a baby. He is 1/2 Husky and 1/2 Chow. There in is the problem. He is a first rate escape artist (really). I don't think I will be able to keep up with him on the road. He escaped from the chain-link dog run at my friends house, last night. I have the option of leaving him in a good home. My friend George has 12 acres that is enclosed with an electric fence. He also has three Great Pyrenees hounds that live there. He would have a better life, I think. I have never abandoned an animal in my life. The new owners of my house have also said they would love to take him. She said that maybe a few months down the road, I would have it figured out and take him back. What a quandary! Any advise?



                                                  

18 comments:

  1. I cannot understand how giving an animal a more suitable lifestyle is abandoning the animal. Twice I have had lifestyle changes that resulted in having to find a better home for a pet. Making the pet live in an environment that is unsuited for the pet is not the best answer.

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  2. I so agree with Barney. Sometimes our own wants get in the way of what is truly best for our beloved fur kid. Blue sounds like he would be miserable stuck in an RV most of the time. RV parks means he has to be on a leash at all times. Some won't take him because of the Chow part. Even if you boondock in places where he can run free, you risk him never returning because home keeps changing places. You can always change your mind and go get him. Give it a try for a couple of months and see what happens. He will be loved and safe.

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    1. Sandie, this is breaking my heart, but I want to do the right thing for Blue.

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  3. I agree with the above comments. It's not always easy on the humans to do what is best for their fur friends but those decisions are part of life. Eight fenced acres and other dogs for play sounds like a wonderful place. Good luck with whatever you decide.

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  4. You need to allow Blue the freedom he wants. Traveling can be very hard on any pet. You will sleep much better knowing he has a good home and lots of space to run. It will be difficult in the beginning, but just keep thinking how much happier he is.

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  5. Michael, finding Blue a more suitable home is NOT abandoning him. It's called responsible stewardship. These friends will keep in touch with you to let you know, if for some reason, things don't work out.

    You know Blue, best. You know what's best for him. I don't doubt that it is going to urt, a lot, to leave him in someone elses care.

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    1. Thank you Cyndi. This means a lot coming from you!

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  6. I could never give up my babies, they are like our children. But, they are small dogs and travel well. In fact they all like to travel except the youngest one, and she couldn't care less one way or the other. I agree with the above comments in that you have to do what is best for your pet. Your pet is an individual and only you and he knows what would be best.

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  7. Michael, I know it would be so difficult to leave Blue, but giving him a home where he would be happy and safer is a loving and responsible act. When I was planning to be in Scotland for 3 months while Dave was preparing to come to the States to live, I boarded Baby (dog), but the kitty-boys were a dilemma. My ex in-laws (friends, total cat people and the "boys'" godparents) asked if they could have the boys come live with them. It was the best thing for everyone, including my friends who were cat-less at the time. I felt like a low-life, like I was abandoning the boys, but it was the best thing all around. Johnny has since passed away, but Frankie remains healthy and happy and is a joy in the lives of my friends. Better to have Blue loved and safe than run the risk of his escaping . . . and you would feel so much guiltier if that happened. You can always stay in touch and perhaps get him if you need to do so. :)

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    1. That makes sense. I have thought about the last two sentences, a lot. Thanks Betty!

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  8. I know your heart hurts bad, my friend, making this decision. Remember I have known Blue as long as you have had him. He is the big hairy thing with the crazy eye...and lovable fur boy. I used to visit your mom; I guess if you tell me where his new home is, I can go visit him and send your pictures...and I will. New Year, New 'Venture (as JustinJames used to say)...I rejoice in your freedom and want only the best for you and the critters, even if that means leaving Blue here.

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  9. Michael, at first I recommended working with a behaviorist, etc., you probably saw my comment. But I deleted it because the more I thought about it, the more I think that the arrangement with your friend on the acreage with the dogs is probably the best idea. I wouldn't leave him with the new owners of your house, you just never know what they might do as far as abandoning him, but if you know the guy with the property well enough, that's probably best for all of you.

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    1. Rene, I did read it several times and yes, you were right on so many points. Like I said, I am not sure what I am going to do. My friend with the land suggested that once I get used to 5th wheel living, I could always retrieve Blue. I still haven't made up my mind.

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  10. Michael, I agree with all of the above comments. We, as humans, need to put their best interest and happiness first, even tho it hurts, a lot. If you can trust these people with the land, it sure sounds like a good idea to me. Most dogs are resilent and can adapt easily. The two I took in a year and half ago have never had a problem. I think they have adapted quite well. It's your choice, but, put the dog's happiness first.

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