A Mile in Their Shoes

We all know and live by the creed that when we adopt a pet, it is forever.  We call it a Forever Home and we hear/read stories about families that have lost their home and are still struggling to keep the family structure intact.  Including the family pets.  We’re no different.  I would like to believe that if adverse conditions arose, I would go to extreme lenghths to keep the four of us humans and our five fur babies together.  We’ve had challenges with all five most of our fur babies at one time or another, but we’ve stuck with them.  That’s what families do.

I’ve looked with barely disguised distain at people dropping off their dogs at the shelter.  They obviously didn’t try hard enough, really want their dog, were not worthy, etc.  Judge, judge, judge. 

I also know people who have given up their pets because it really and truly was the best thing for their pet.  I would rather lose an arm than lose anyone of the souls living in my home, but if for some reason I was faced with a King Solomon-like situation I would surely, surely, hopefully do the right thing.  But we aren’t usually faced with something that crucial to know when it’s time to do the right thing. 

I have a co-worker who was asked do make an adjustment to their career path.  They declined.  They were asked several times over the course of several months and declined every time.  Finally, the request was made by someone two or three levels up, “Your company needs you to do this,” and the unofficial message was that this person would be remembered for the adjustment and later well thanked.  This was not a request to be taken lightly and it was mulled over sufficiently before being accepted.  A few months down the road we find that the sacrifices were greater than anticipated and this person believes that his/her two Great Danes would be better off in another home.

This person has been home approximately one to two nights or less per week and though there is a roommate who can feed and care for the dogs, this roommate is planning to move out of state, so now I would like to share two dogs who are still with their person, but are looking for new forever homes.  My co-worker would love to see them go together, but says they are not a bonded pair.

Here’s a little info:

The white dog with black spots

Neutered male, weighs 110 pounds.  He is UTD on shots and was adopted May 2012.  He was previously in a home with four other dogs.  He is a people dog and has to be around people all the time.  He is a licker/kisser and drools after drinking water.  He is laid back and a sweetheart.  Jumps some when meeting someone new but has been around kids with no issues. Has had some accidents when left alone for long periods of time.  He was three in September.

The black dog:

This neutered male weighs 135 pounds and was three in January.  He is also UTD on shots.  My co-worker has had this dog since it was 12 weeks old.  I’m told he is lazy around the house and doesn’t need to be near people all the time.  “He can be aggressive around other dogs as he is an alpha male.  he has been around kids with no issues.”  He has jumped the 4′ fence in the past.

Both dogs if adopted together, or one dog will come with a custom made three-bowl raised stand that the owner hand made, also with two plastic totes for food bones, treats, harnesses, leashes, etc.

This person was adament that the dogs would be “free to a good home” as he/she didn’t want to “sell” them.  I convinced this person that an adoption/rehoming fee should be obtained and that if they wanted the Allen County SPCA or any worthy organization would be glad to accept the donation to which this person agreed.

So here is the task at hand, dear Blog readers.  I would love to help find these two good homes, and would be forever appreciative if you’d share, share, share.   I’ve obviously hidden this person’s identity as well as possible so if you have someone interested, please put them in touch with me.  I can be reached through email.  Some of you have it and others can email peaceabull at gmail dot com.  or send us a message through Facebook

*These dogs are still with my co-worker who is trying to do right by them, which is why I am helping.  I will always stand by a decision that is made in the best interest of the animal.

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6 thoughts on “A Mile in Their Shoes

  1. I try to balance my judgments as well! I think some people take the easy way out “i just don't want a dog anymore” and some make heartbreaking decisions. I too believe I would do anything to keep my boys but you NEVER know until you are faced with the situation. Also, the part that tears at me, I wouldn't have either of my boys if it was not for two families who decided that NOT having a dog would be better for them.

  2. I agree. Because this is truly not a rehome due to convenience or wanting to make room for a different animal, or any of the reasons that just grate at me, I've agreed to help. I'm also with you on the last part. When I found Julius, he was roaming the neighborhood and was reclaimed by someone who later decided I could give him a better home. How can you argue with that?

  3. It can be tough not to judge sometimes but I always try to remind myself that I never know what got them to the point they are at now and it's possible this is in the best interest of the dog(s). I really do hope that these pups can stay together in a loving home.

  4. It's a tricky one, I always think that before committing to an animal you should look long term rather than just the immediate next few years. Although people who abandon any animal or cause them suffering should be shot!

    I hope someone can take these two!! Please keep us informed!

  5. Recently I have come around on this… taken off my judgey pants, if you will. I'm working on a post about it, but the gist is that I truly believe everyone does the very best that they can. Sometimes we don't think it's good enough, of course, but it's the best they're capable of. I do hope these big angels find a wonderful home together very soon!

  6. Here's what goes through my mind. Wheter or not I help rehome these dogs, they will be rehomed. If I can help by giving my insight and guiding this person in their path, the dogs may find better homes and this person will have learned something to boot.

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