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    Default Poor dogs

    I just dropped my daughter off with her paternal grandmother for 2 days. And she took us out the back where we discovered two little puppies in a small playpen. A cavoodle and a spoodle, bought from the pet shop.

    The dogs will never be allowed inside. They had poo-ed all over their bedding, so I think they'd been left in the pen all night on their own. And I cannot really explain all the reasons why I feel so sorry for the dogs. She is like the woman in Keeping up Appearances minus the flamboyance. I don't think she knows anything about dog training and she is often too stubborn to take advice from anyone. Except from a professional, so I am going to do everything I can to persuade her to take the dogs to training.

    My 7yo daughter looked downright bewildered when I left her. Couldn't talk to her there, but I bet one of the reasons was that she thought her grandmother would get a rescue dog. And if it were up to my daughter, she would rescue every dog from the pound. Actually "Fostering dogs and cats" is very high on her potential career options list. I know my daughter will also feel very sorry for the pups not being allowed inside. She understands my reasons for having an inside dog and she's pretty switched on. I don't even want to think about how she will react if her gran starts using "old school training techniques"!

    The frustrating thing is that I really cannot say much at all. She is my ex mother in law. She would definitely not take advice from me on anything at all. And I need to do everything I can to keep our relationship civil, which is hard enough as it is without me criticizing her about the dogs - no matter how diplomatically I try to do it.

    She has got the dogs now - after I sent her all the rescue dog info and a list of 'low shedding breeds' (no DDs on that list! ). Nothing I can do about that now. And I hope that I'm overreacting about how she will treat them. They may just end up having a lovely life there. At least they have eachother!

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    Oh dear. Do you live close by? Maybe your daughter and the grandma could do puppy preschool together?

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    She is taking them to the vet today, so I hope they will give her some info on puppy school, etc.

    I forgot to say that gran took my daughter with her to the pound and the RSPCA last week, which is why my daughter got her hopes up about the rescue. She also told me that gran's main (pretty much only) criteria was "not shedding". Which I don't get as the dogs will be outside anyway by the sound of it. I hope she will get soft in her old age and let them in by the time winter starts...

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    At least she knows to take them to the vet!

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    You can always hope she will lose her marbles and get put into a care home and then you could rescue the dogs. Unsure how old she is but I've never understood elderly people (75+) getting a pup who could very easily outlive them.

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    She's not quite that old yet, I think. Maybe mid to late 60s?

    But I thought the worst thing about it was being confronted with where they came from. Puppies in stores are sad enough, but the fact that they most likely were born at a puppy mill makes it much worse.

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    going off topic- I am a nurse and looked after at 85yr old plus person last weekend who lives on their own with 3 very large breed dogs- all under 2 years old! Never walks them. Told me she throws the ball around the back yard for them.

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    You gotta be glad that at least the dogs have eachother for company in that situation, I suppose. But it must be pretty wild with 3 big active dogs in the backyard!

    My mum is 70 and is looking after a GSD since my stepdad died a couple of years ago. Totally the wrong dog for her. Doesn't walk her much because she has mobility issues and is worried the dog will pull her over. A bored (and fairly overweight) GSD stuck in a tiny house with a grumpy old woman who has little ideas about dogs. But its a connection to her late partner and no one has been able to convince her to rehome her.

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    My Mum is 82 and has a rescue ex breeding cattle dog from a puppy mill and a BYB labradoodle. Both dogs are getting on in years now but twice a day regardless of the weather she has taken them for a walk down at her local dog oval and when they were younger she took them for long walks and threw balls for them. She likes to keep fit and meets lots of regulars on the oval of all ages walking their dogs. So keeps her fit and in contact with a range of people.

    There are a lot of ancients shuffling around the oval with their beloved rescue dogs LOL.

    My mum would never get another pup, she would always get an older rescue knowing that if something happens to her that I will take them to live on my farm.
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    Ok ur daughter u said is dog smart y don't u get her to pass the info on to nan maybe she might lission If it comes from her she needs to say it as a excited intrest of hers like nan did u know with the right training ur dog could .......

    The other thing is maybe u cloud look at it as a learning op for ur daughter two dogs to learn how to train on what a great way to keep her passion alive

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