- 3 years ago
- Wedding: June 2013
First of all, I am a huge supporter of animal rescues & adoptions. I have always adopted my animals through rescues & shelters. I’ve never returned an animal & while this is a great, foster based rescue, who will keep him until he finds a home, it’s still hard to think about bringing an animal back.
My husband & I had two cats & two dogs for quite a few years until my little girl dog, Jilly recently passed away. I was really sad about it and my other dog seemed really lonely, so we finally decided to adopt another dog. I looked around & met a few dogs and I finally found a great, 8 Year old schnauzer named Bo. He has been awesome in so many ways, but there are few challenges & the big one is that my other pets don’t really like him.
I have always adopted through rescues & shelters so I am well aware of the time & patience it takes to bring a new animal into the household. Unfortunately, this rescue organization only has a two week trial period. In that time, if it’s not working out, you can bring the dog back to the rescue & have a year to use your donation toward another dog. I kind of wish we had more time to try it out & at the same time, I am worried about the bond we’re creating with him & then him having to adapt to the rescue again.
We have one cat that is fine with him & another one who won’t come in the house unless he thinks t he dog isn’t here. That’s also a little tough because Bo hasn’t gotten to know the cat and will bark at him if he sees him. Also, my other dog is very jealous & barks at him when he tries to play or get attention. I also know these are things that take time to work out.
Also, for some reason, we can’t pick him up. He loves being pet & being next to us on the couch, but he does not like to be picked up & will snap at us. He also hurt his paw the other day & would act the same way when we tried to look at it. He’s about 25 pounds so we’re not expecting to pick him up a lot, but it would be nice to be able to pick him up to put him on the bed or give him a bath, etc.
My husband thinks that it’s unfair to put so much stress on the cat who won’t come in & that Bo would be happier in a home where the other dog wasn’t mean to him. He thinks we’d do better with another girl dog who is smaller & looks less “threatening” to the other animals.
I guess I’m just trying to see what other people’s experience is with something like this. It makes me sad to think about bringing him back and I feel horribly guilty, but I also wonder if there is a better home for him. And maybe our animals just arent ready for a buddy, or maybe need a different type of buddy… This is stressful!! Anyone have similar experience?