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13/02/2013 at 12:19
Its gone back to the kennels
J was petrified of it. He was really wary yesterday but it jumped on him and knocked him over a few more times yesterday which made him more and more anxious to the point where he didn't want to be downstairs by himself or go in the kitchen at all. When he was in the kitchen he would only sit on the bench where the dog couldn't get him.
Me and H talked this morning after H had taken him out and we both agreed we had made a mistake in getting him and should take him back. We thought about keeping him for a week or two to see how we all got on but its not fair on J or the dog. I think I have to go with my gut instinct and it just didn't sit right with me. I felt on edge all of the time and couldn't sleep last night.
I know we haven't given him much of a chance but the kids' safety comes first. Although the dog never attempted to bite I just didn't feel comfortable around him. He seemed really playful and never made a sound over night, ate my furniture or sh!t on my floor so I feel bad just handing him back. I explained to the kennel people and they said I had made the right decision and I feel like a weight has been lifted but I also feel a bit sad.
We told E before she went to school and she is devastated, I feel like I've tortured her by bringing him home then sending him back a day later, she is going to hate us for it
13/02/2013 at 12:21
Oh no, how sad for you all, you've done the right thing though xx
13/02/2013 at 12:25
You've done the right thing SW.
Thanks Deedee, I feel really bad more for the kids than me but it was the first thing J asked about when he got up and had to be carried downstairs which isn't fair when he feels scared in his own house.
13/02/2013 at 12:27
Thanks AK, I really think we have, even though its such a shame.
Sounds like you have done the right thing for both you and the dog - sometimes it just isn't quite the right fit.
13/02/2013 at 12:31
It is a shame, but he just wasn't the dog for you.
13/02/2013 at 12:43
Oh gosh thats sad - I thought you meant youd lost him though!
13/02/2013 at 12:50
That's a shame SW. Could you try an older dog who won't be so enthusiastic and bouncy?
13/02/2013 at 12:52
You did the right thing, the kids come first every time. Don't worry about E, it would have been harder on her if you had kept him longer x
13/02/2013 at 12:59
Is there another rescue centre near you? Being honest I thought it was a bit odd that they just let you take him one day with no background check or assessing how suitable the dog was for you guys. They usually do a few meetings with the dog and spend a few hours walking them etc before rehoming them.
You did the right thing. You can't keep a dog that makes you or a member of your family feel uncomfortable.
You have done the right thing. Do you think you'd consider a different dog perhaps? Not sure what breed the dog was, but perhaps try something different. In our family we've got lots of yorkshire terriers, they've been great with the children, and really don't take a lot of looking after/walks etc, they're quite happy to sit and be cuddled.
13/02/2013 at 13:08
Pip I've spoken to a few people who have said they have been to different rescues centres further away but they have had to take them out for walks at the centre and have a home visit to see if the dog was suitable. If that had of happened here then we would of realised he wasn't suited to us and saved all this happening.
Chids I don't think we will consider another dog, I think we'll just put it down to a bad experience. Me and H actually said this morning that we'd rather have another baby than a dog - don't think that's going to happen though.
13/02/2013 at 13:14
Can the get the kids another pet which isn't as much work, like a goldfish I've said to H the only pet L will have is a goldfish, untilI realised you need to change their water!
13/02/2013 at 13:19
Haha, p asked for a goldfish this morning as they are doing about them in school. I considered it for his birthday next week until I pictured a green algi bowl that I'd never want to clean. Be confident you did the right thing sw, I'm going to say something controversial now. Staffs are meant to be brilliant with kids but the lock jaw always scares me from them. Don't hate me for saying that, I'm a bit of a wuss with animals anyway.
13/02/2013 at 13:25
I think having a child is much easier than having a dog.
My friend has just adopted 2 puppies, and they're a nightmare. Give me a newborn any day.
13/02/2013 at 13:40
Belle, E used to have a couple of goldfish, they were in her bedroom and I told her they had to be her responsibility but it was always left down to me to feed them and clean the tank and water so when they died I said she couldnt have anymore.
QS I agree, I think they are meant to be good with kids but when I was in the park people with tiny little dogs who were off a lead grabbed them to put them back on the lead so they would stay away from Sonny and the same happened when I was walking back from school with E, people were really wary of him.
13/02/2013 at 13:43
It's a shame isn't it, when we were getting J, a collie everyone was telling us how good staffs are with kids but I just had that pre conceived fear if them. To me I need to know I'm stronger than the animal should I need to be. So onto baby 3 instead ;-)
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