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Old 02-20-2009, 10:35 PM
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Date: 2008-07-20, 5:35PM EDT


I have a great dog. He's a little on the fat side, but he's really active. He's great with kids, unless they try to pull his nubby tail. He's really friendly to people who have food. He loves to have his teeth brushed, but is resistant to having his feet touched. He can smell a little doggy, and the tooth brushing does not appear to improve his breath, but I've smelled worse. When I read some of the things on this board, I wonder about other dogs out there and how they fare in the world. I'd just like to say the following:

* I recently moved. I found an apartment that was in a great neighborhood in a building with other dogs and dog friendly folks.....this was because did a little work and looked for a place that was right for me and the dog, and stumbled over this fantastic place where I now live.

* I recently got a new job that requires that I spend more time at work. I was worried that this would negatively affect my little pup, so I make an effort to get up earlier so that we can go for a good walk before I leave, and I arranged for someone to spend time with the little guy for a while during the day while I'm at work. My career chugs along and my little guy is still happy.

* I live in a tiny, tiny apartment, but this does not negatively affect the dog in any way. Granted, he is a little guy, but the fact is that between walks before and after work, and extended play time outdoors in the evening, the size of the apartment doesn't hurt my pup's quality of life (or mine, for that matter). He has never chewed up anything I own, broken anything in the house, or done any damage to any structure that I have lived in. He does bark a bit when people walk by my kitchen window, but mostly that's because he's crazy. Or maybe because he thinks that everyone loves him and maybe that person wants to come in and pet him or give him a treat. I don't speak any dog, so I can't ask him.

* I don't have a high paying job (or career, for that matter), so I don't have a lot of disposable cash, but I do have money saved in case the dog has a minor medical emergency, and the information for Care Credit in case he has a major medical emergency.

* Admittedly, I don't have any kids (I am both unpleasant and squishy, which makes finding a baby daddy trialsome), but I distinctly remember having pets when I was a kid, and I have six brothers and sisters that my mom had to watch over. She seemed to do OK with seven kids and a dog, and while I find her an extraordinary human being, I don't think that she has any kind of pet-care superpowers.

My dog makes me laugh and he cuddles up against me and he provides me with an opening to meet some very nice (and some very interesting) people when we're out walking and he hides under the blankets when it thunders and lets me feel like I'm soothing him and he brings me toys to play with when he gets bored and he rolls over in the grass and reminds me how much fun it is to be alive. He gives me all of this and more, and all I do is walk him, feed him, and play with him.

I hope that all the people who post their dogs for adoption on this list have done every possible thing that they can do in order to keep it before they give up on themselves. I just want to say to all of you who think that it's too hard to take care of you pet: YOU CAN DO IT! Your pet believes in you, and I believe in you, too! "


This made me smile lots. And it is full of very good sense. I never understand people who move somewhere that doesn't take their pets.
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Old 02-20-2009, 11:59 PM
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I love that!! He sounds like someone I would LOVE to know. What a great sense of humor and a dose of COMMON SENSE to boot! Good for him for posting that.
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I like that post.

But I'm one of those people that moved and couldn't take her pets. At the time I was a single working mom with 2 kids and 2 dogs. I had limited funds and the only place I could afford an apt. was through the state and they had a NO PETS policy (I couldn't even have a friggin' gold fish). My grandparents said they would keep Boss and Lina for me until I found them homes, but that they (mainly my grandmother who doesn't like animals of any kind to be truthful) couldn't keep them. Not even if I bought the food and gave them money for their care. She didn't want them. So I had no choice but to re-home them. Luckily, Lina went to the most amazing family in the world. I miss her too much but I know she's happy where she is (as evidence by the pictures Bella & Lina's Mom posts regularly). No one wanted Boss though, so I was still looking. Luckily, I moved back in with Dave (my boyfriend) before I found him a home and he's with me now and FOREVER.

I just thought I'd lay all that out there because sometimes your circumstances greatly change and you're just not able to take your furbaby with you. No matter how much you want to. No matter how much you love them. I don't think I could have loved Lina any more or I would have burst into a million pieces, but I found her a new home (an amazing home), where I know she's happy.
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I like that post.

But I'm one of those people that moved and couldn't take her pets. At the time I was a single working mom with 2 kids and 2 dogs. I had limited funds and the only place I could afford an apt. was through the state and they had a NO PETS policy (I couldn't even have a friggin' gold fish). My grandparents said they would keep Boss and Lina for me until I found them homes, but that they (mainly my grandmother who doesn't like animals of any kind to be truthful) couldn't keep them. Not even if I bought the food and gave them money for their care. She didn't want them. So I had no choice but to re-home them. Luckily, Lina went to the most amazing family in the world. I miss her too much but I know she's happy where she is (as evidence by the pictures Bella & Lina's Mom posts regularly). No one wanted Boss though, so I was still looking. Luckily, I moved back in with Dave (my boyfriend) before I found him a home and he's with me now and FOREVER.

I just thought I'd lay all that out there because sometimes your circumstances greatly change and you're just not able to take your furbaby with you. No matter how much you want to. No matter how much you love them. I don't think I could have loved Lina any more or I would have burst into a million pieces, but I found her a new home (an amazing home), where I know she's happy.
Your post made me sad. I can't imagine what I would feel like if I had to move and couldn't take Brody. It would just tear my heart out. I'm so sorry that you had to go through that. I'm glad that Lina's new home worked out so well for everyone involved. That was a blessing! And so glad you could keep Boss!

Yes it's easy to say that we would NEVER move to somewhere that didn't allow our pets but the truth is sometimes situations happen beyond our control and we just have to do the best we can.

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Yup. Especially right now. So many people are losing their homes and having to re-home their pets because they have to move to apt.'s or trailers. We were lucky to get into this trailer and still get to keep my pups. In fact, that was one thing I told Dave I would NOT negotiate on when we were moving with both dogs before I moved out. But when you need a place to go and need to put a roof over your kids heads, often the animals are the first to go. I looked EVERYWHERE for a place that took animals that I could afford. But no one wanted them, but they'd take cats..go figure lol.

Yes, Lina worked out very well. I'm so happy with the choice I made for her. I know she's happy and soooo spoiled lol. It broke my heart to let her go though..it still breaks my heart.
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wow what a great post! that is a great dog owner, made me smile!
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Kat,
that is just lovely. You truly love your dog. AWE....
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that was fantastic and I really enjoyed it. I wonder if it has changed anyone's mind, or made them try a little harder.
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