I’d welcome any constructive advice please….
A year and a half ago, when our house was finished being built, my husband and I went to the RSPCA to choose a dog to join us in moving into our new home. We managed to narrow it down to two who had been there quite a while and ended up taking home a beautiful four year old Dalmation x Greyhound who we named Jedi. A month later we found out that the other dog, Pepper, a six year old Staffy x Cattle Dog was still there, so we went and picked her up too.
Having no other real family, we’ve always considered the four of us to be a family unit. The dogs are beautiful and fit in easily; we take them on holidays with us and enjoy our time together. However, my husband now wants to sell our house and move to China. I’m happy to follow him, excited even but after doing some research, taking our dogs just isn’t an option. I’ve spent a lot of tears trying to work out what to do and would appreciate any advice anyone may have.
I will not return them to a Shelter and I will not euthanise them. We have no family and the only friends we have that like/want dogs, have two already. It seems that re-homing them is the only option but it just seems like so many things could go wrong. How do you know they are going to be taken care of? I know they will be fine without us, they love us and are happy with us, but they are not bonded as such and the times we have gone away without them they have been perfectly happy to stay with friends (not a permanent option unfortunately) and aren’t that fussed by our return!! It seems that as long as they are cared for – they don’t mind where they are and I presume this mentality comes from having been at the RSPCA for quite some time. I honestly feel that I will be more heartbroken then they will.
And I have so many questions. What if we go and we hate it and we come back in two months time? Is it possible to find someone who would have them temporarily so that once the one year contract for work is up we can come back and all be a family again. Can we have our dogs back? Do we deserve them back after leaving them behind in the first place? Or what if we find a temporary home and then we choose to stay in China – what then?
I’m really at a loss and can’t think straight. Any suggestions would be welcome. Please don’t berate me for being a bad dog owner – I’m already feeling that way and if it turns out that there is no other option for the dogs then I will just stay here in Australia.
And divorce isn't an option - he's a great husband.