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Old 03-31-2008, 03:14 PM   #11
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I am trying to put this as thoughtfully as I can, as I understand folks go through changes and must rehome pets sometimes.

You have already received some great info here and there isn't more I can add as far as resources to rehome your dog.

I do, however, have a big problem with the phrase "getting rid of."

It implies that pets are disposable. It breaks my heart because these little guys depend on us to care for them. If we can't, for whatever reason, honor our commitment, we REHOME them in a responsible way. Which is what you are doing.

Please know I am not bashing you at all. I am just trying, in my own small way, to change the way animals are treated and trying to keep the homeless population down. Words can hurt.

Good luck, I hope with all my heart you are successful.
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Old 03-31-2008, 03:36 PM   #12
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Actually, I was thinking the same thing after I wrote it. It does sound pretty harsh and it just came out wrong. I like the word "rehome". I've never heard of that, but it's good.
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Stacy, everyone has had good advice. But look into rehome as an option, there are lots of people out there that will take in animals and rehome them, most of these services have strick guidelines for the new owners to meet.
We had to rehome our parrot and it broke my heart, it took me six months to pick the right home for him from applicants, and he is very happy where he is at now. Sometimes things happen, but then we still have to make good choices to solve the problems.
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I feel for ya. I just "rehomed" a chihuahua that my sister had given my daughter. He was so sweet but I couldn't housebreak him (my sis lets them use piddle pads) and my older dog is just not fond of other animals. Luckily, my cousin knew someone who wanted a teeny companion dog to spoil rotten. It sure does make it easier to give them away when you know what kind of home they are joining. Good luck!
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Thank you all for your great advice. I am trying one last idea for my dog. I actually bought him doggy diapers yesterday. I was reading some sites yesterday and I think he may be doing "male marking". I feel like I have to try everything first before I can come to terms with the thought of finding him a new home. Hopefully this will work, at least for the dog!
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Is he neutered? If not it will help.

My dog is neutered and marks like a wild man but only outside. You can break him of indoor marking but you have to catch him. Try keeping a leash on him and as soon as you see that leg start to go up: "NO" and take him outside immediately. When he pees outside "GOOD BOY! and give him a treat.

Training can tough but you will save a fortune on doggie diapers
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Old 04-01-2008, 12:25 PM   #17
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A couple of ideas. Call the Junior Humane or Humane Society. They generally will take placeable pets who can no longer be kept for whatever reason. Our Jr Humane Society adopts both cats and dogs through our local Petsmart. If you have Petsmart in your town give them a call and they will get you in touch with someone who can help you.

We had a cat that was purely miserable in our child-filled home. She really needed to be with someone who could provide a nice quiet home where the owners were home much of the time. We provided her medical records to Petsmart and they were able to place her with a nice elderly couple where she was quite happy.

There are also catteries that will assist in placing animals. Our area also has a lady who helps with pet adoptions. It costs money to adopt through her, but she assures that there is a good match between potential owner and pet. She looks into their background and asks lots of questions before she will let someone adopt. She also insists on a visit between pet and potential owner to make sure that they get along and how they interact. Look at petfinder.com for agencies in your area that assist with pet placement. That's where a friend of mine found this lady who helped find a good home for a tiny puppy that grew into a huge monster (size not temperment) and outgrew their tiny home.

Your pets obviously aren't happy where they are or are not getting the attention that they need. Finding a new home for them is probably a good thing. Don't feel bad about that. You may want to note to any potential owners that having small children isn't a good mix for these animals. They seem to like the attention that they got when they were the "babies." This is important for any potential owner to know.

I hope you find happy safe homes for them!
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