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    Default Just a question, has anyone ever had to give up a dog for any reason?

    I was just having this conversation with my OH and was just pondering , has anyone ever had to give up a dog, for adoption or find a new home?

    I look at my two and I just think there is no way I could do that, but obviously I completely understand when people do but for the right reasons.
    I just wanted peoples thoughts .

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    I had to. I took on a pregnant dog and I was diagnosed with cancer when they were 6 weeks old. The home I had for one of them fell through so I put him through rescue.

    To me, I feel the same as you do but there are circumstances when it is in the best interests of the dog. The ones that really pee me off are trivial reasons..renters who move and they can not take the dog with them..why have a dog in this situation? Why not try harder to find a pet friendly home..you obviously found one where you are now. Those that "hide" pets as their lease says no pets irk me the most, so many other scenarios too..I have a baby now and no time, wrong breed for them in their situation that they gave no thought to the dog's needs...uggh, don't get me started.

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    We also learn from our mistakes. I was one with a lab pup who had no idea when kids came along. She was rehomed with my sister and had a wonderful life. My son also made this mistake with his young family and rehomed to a far better situation for the dog.

    Another very much loved dog my mother had to look after for a few months. They loved him so much that it would have taken a court order to get him back (joke) so I allowed him to live there and saw him a lot. It was hard for me but his happiness in the situation he was in, my mother's too, mattered more.

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    Oh dear I'm sorry to hear that.

    But yes of course at least it was for the right reasons , and you did everything to help them get new homes. a lot of people don't even do that Grrrr !
    I'm with you those people that have stupid reasons for giving up a dog, it peed on the carpet or in the car, the dog barks that sort of thing, really bugs me too, and sadly I hear it often in my job (vet nurse) AAAHHH!

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    I hear some infuriating stories through rescue too. Half of them seem to be "have to move and can't take them with" scenarios. I was homeless for 6 weeks once (couch surfing, with a 2yo child and a largish dog) because the rental market was so tough at the time that most real estates adopted a blanket no pets policy. I did end up rehoming my cat then, because he kept escaping from my friend's place to return to our old house and I didn't know how long it would be before I could offer him a stable home again. But there's no way I could have given up my dog.

    People not making any effort at all to keep their dog with them is all the worse when you hear the really sad stories. The ones who have to give up their pets because of illness or because they have to move into a nursing home, etc.

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    Ive rehomed 2.
    My first rehome, was the families dog, when i walked in the rain, with a double buggie and 2 children, in a hurry. I could only save us 3. I was homeless. I left the dog. Who was put in the pound by ex, despite promising to give me a few weeks to find a roof first, id then take the dog.
    My 2nd was a pound rescue staffie. The dog seemed fine at the pound. For 3 months, i gradually introduced this pound dog to mine. And her aggression levels toward our mature family pet dog, were dangerous, and caused injuries that required vets assistance. I returned her after she tore a chunk out of my dogs flank.
    I simply couldnt ask this of my dog. To accept this level of aggression in his own home. She went back to the rescue organisation i got her from, attacked a member of staff at the rescue, who was temperament testing him for rehoming. Fail.
    In both incidences. I felt a real low life. It hurt.

    In both cases, i got strength to do, because there was no other option at the time.

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    My family many years ago moved from a country considered very high risk disease wise to Australia. In those days it would have been a year in quarantine in the UK and then another long period in quarantine in Australia. Just wasnt feasible. My parents however found an excellent home and rehomed our much loved dog 6 months before leaving just to make sure there were no problems. We kept in contact and I visited some years later on a trip back. It was all good. They took our budgies too.

    I have never rehomed a dog since, well apart from one of my dogs that I rehomed with a family member who just loved her and was better bonded with her than I was. She was just one of those dogs I never really gelled with. I see her often and apart form a welcome she has no desire to come home with me LOL. She now has her own person and doesnt have to compete with my other dogs for attention..
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    An ex-friend of mine who is a vet nurse and utterly obsessed with dogs went on a waiting list for a Vizsla. When she finally got him, her act went out the window and she started to lose the plot. She had no patience for this puppy at all. Three weeks later he was rehomed. She deleted her Facebook and went AWOL for a while from the shame...
    Thankfully the puppy found a great home, but I still can't understand how this happened and why she put the puppy through that confusion just for her image.

    I've lost touch with her but I do spy every now and then...She has since quit her job as a vet nurse and talks about dogs a whole lot less...

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    When I was a girl my mum tried to rehome our cat. I was a mess and threw tantrum after tantrum until she finally gave up and the cat stayed. Now I look back and am quite ashamed of what a selfish little brat I was. I didn't see (or wanted to see) how much happier our cat had been in the other home, with kitty company instead of being left alone for long hours every day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by renbird View Post
    An ex-friend of mine who is a vet nurse and utterly obsessed with dogs went on a waiting list for a Vizsla. When she finally got him, her act went out the window and she started to lose the plot. She had no patience for this puppy at all. Three weeks later he was rehomed. She deleted her Facebook and went AWOL for a while from the shame...
    Thankfully the puppy found a great home, but I still can't understand how this happened and why she put the puppy through that confusion just for her image.

    I've lost touch with her but I do spy every now and then...She has since quit her job as a vet nurse and talks about dogs a whole lot less...
    That's horrible, she was a vet nurse, she should have known better puppy's do what puppy's do best. Poor puppy. This kind of thing makes me mad ! But as I said earlier I understand why people do it in difficult situations, and they ALWAYS (like every body on this forum) do the best to find a great home for their pets.

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