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    Default Buddy the staffy is needing a new home

    My beloved Buddy is after a new home!
    I have had Buddy for about 3 1/2 years, he has suffered from separation anxiety since day one. Buddy is a great smoochy boy, who loves nothing more than to follow you around, sleep with you at night.. he walks very well on the lead, sits, stays, shakes paws, rolls over etc... He is friendly towards other dogs (not so friendly towards cats!).
    I have had him in day care during the day for the majority of the time I have had him, which financially is a bit of a struggle. I have tried training him to be alone over the years to know avail, and now ending with angry neighbours and the Council involved due to the crying (please let me add that Buddy had an hour exericise before I left, and a walker coming in during the day for more exercise and was only left for at least 3 hours before and after the walker came). He had plenty of chew things, toys, shade, water, kennel etc. I have tried a few different methods but nothing shakes the attachment he has to a human. He is more than happy to be outside for short periods of time, laying in the sun and generally doing doggy things but only if someone is at home.
    Due to a recent split with my husband I am now unable to afford the day care rates during the week on my own, I also do not have a life other than going to work and coming straight home due to the fact that I am unable to leave him on his own during the day.
    I am VERY reluctant to rehome him as he is my little boy and I have a great attachment to him, although his anxiety and attachment towards me is not healthy for either of us, and I'm really at a loss where to go from here.
    I really think that he would love another play mate, and he would come around within a short period of time with the right training and patience. Perhaps somewhere where there is a bit of space so the neighbours cannot hear him crying if he is alone? I live in the city, and although I have a yard and Buddy's every need is catered for where exercise and chew things is concerned, the neighbours are very close, are home dall day, and could not put up with a weeks worth of crying (even though they knew what my situation was and that I had explained it would take some time for Buddy to calm down etc).
    We live in St Peters, Sydney area. If you would like anymore information on Buddy please contact me either via the forum or woodfaery7@hotmail.com
    Buddy is about 5 years old, Staffy x, lovely natured boy and adores females in particular, loves cuddles, desexed, vaccinated, very healthy.

    Natalie & Buddy
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    Last edited by Natalie; 10-03-2012 at 09:50 AM.

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    That sux! Sorry to hear you're in such a predicament. I hope you find Buddy a great home.

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    Is there a staffy rescue near you?

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    Hi Yes there is a staffy rescue (it is originally where Buddy is from), I have written to them and my details have been fowarded to the Kennel Manager although I haven't heard back from her yet. I'm hoping they may be able to help look for a suitable home for him while I keep him with me (as I do not want to kennel him again!).
    It does suck, this situation is very stressful for me as I do not want to go through with this, although I really think Buddy would be better off with another home with some friends to play with to keep him company / occupied etc. I do not even have a car anymore (since the husband left!) to take him on road trips or to friends places.. or even to the vets if needed.. so.. I am very restricted and really can't even leave the house (unless it's for work, and in that case he is in daycare which he loves - but is expensive!). It's not even really the money that is the issue.. I just want us both to be happy, and at the moment it just seems like a bit of a hopeless situation

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    I'm so sorry to hear this Nat

    I'd definately be contacting Staffy Rescue , they should be able to help you home the boy. I wish I could help but at the moment just dont have a spot for a lad. If anything comes up I'll message you asap.
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    Not sure if you already have, but if you rehome him privately put a purchase price onto him to stop him from ending up in the wrong hands. He is gorgeous, hope you find a good home for him.

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    Hi 'Natalie',

    Do you really and truly want to 'get rid of your pup' ?

    From your first post, I read that you going through 'bad bits' at present - not to put a trivial note on it - but - before that - you really tried to be the best owner any pup would have wanted !

    I think that most times - us owners of pups - we cause more problems for our pups than what we intend.

    'Separation anxiety' - something that anyone can hang their hat on if they want - as far as I am concerned is the owner's problem - and not the pup's responsibility. Pup can be trained - if the owner wishes !

    So a couple of websites for you to have a look at:

    K9 Pro The K9 Professionals; Online Dog Shop

    kikopup - YouTube

    Patricia McConnell PH.D. | McConnell Publishing Inc.

    The decision is yours - but there are ways around it !

    Heaps of Good Luck Wishes - whichever way you go !

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    Sorry Riley , but not 'all' dogs can be retrained when it comes to anxiety issues .
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    Hi Natalie, you must be going through a lot of emotional turmoil right now.

    Sometimes people are incompatible with their dogs, this isn't something to feel guilty or ashamed about and by rehoming him with someone who will provide what he needs, you are doing the right thing and improving his quality of life.

    All I can say is good on you for not abandoning your dog at a shelter or rescue org, you should always maintain the maximum amount of control over who ends up with your dog. Be very careful who you do give him to, make sure you know them reasonably well, there are a lot of dog fighting rings out there who love it when dogs are listed as "free to a good home". You might even want to maintain email contact with them over a while so you can see how the dog is settling in - you can always take him back and try again if it doesn't work out. Think of yourself as his safety net so he will never see the inside of a dog pound.

    Don't feel like you're under a deadline or time limit to rehome him - take as long as you need to find him a home that he can be happy in for the rest of his life.

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    It sounds like you love your pooch as much as anyone ever could and you have done all you could do to make him happy. It must be heartbreaking to know he is so unhappy when left alone.

    You know best what is best for your dog. If you are convinced that he can only ever be truly happy if he has company during the day, then I hope you will find him the home he deserves.

    My heart goes out to you...

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