- 6 years ago
Bees, I hate to bring this up, and before you judge, just read:
I am a passionate lover of dogs. So much in fact, when I moved out of my parents house, I rescued my sweet boxer, who at the time was 5 years old with cancer. I have put over 40K into this dog and he is now a healthy 10 year old with only four teeth (LOL) but so incredibly handsome. When his health declined when he was 8 and then again when he was 9, the thought of not having the pitter patter of paws around the house destroyed me. When he was going in for his final surgery to get a stomach piece taken care of, I vowed to find him a friend to spend the rest of his days with. I adopted a beautiful 12 week old pure bred golden retriever and named her Penny. They quickly took to each other and my boxer had that extra “giddy-up” in his step. He was happy, healthy, and enjoying life to the fullest.
Fast forward four months, I met my Fiance. He just so happens to have 2 black labs that are 5 and 7. All of our dogs get along beautifully! His labs and my golden are highly energetic and don’t even get me started on the maintenance of my home. It’s become a constant chore to vacuum! (Thank God for Dysons) My Fiance spends over $300 PER MONTH in dog food because he wants our pups to have the raw/premium food, which is great! But so very expensive.
Down the road we decide to buy a home together; one with a massive yard that is fenced in for all of our pups. I am THRILLED that we won’t have to leash them all up in the morning, day, and night to walk them so they can do their “business”. Three days before we move, I stumble across a pure bred, 11 week old, all black German Shepherd Dog. The family who adopted her could no longer care for her and gave her a 10 hour window before they were taking her to the shelter (even though they got her the day before). I told him I was going to rescue her and they we could find a suitable owner for her and a loving family. My Fiance agreed and when I brought her home, her behavior issues were clear; she was very protective of her food when it came to other dogs.
That issue was quickly solved and within twenty four hours, my Fiance fell in love with this puppy and named her Kali. GREAT. 5 dogs. In our county, we have to have a permit with this many animals! Anyways, considering the amount of time for training and another mouth to feed, Kali would need to be fixed and have all of her vaccines! Since my Fiance is in the Navy and wasn’t home much (he worked long hours at the agency), I took this new pup to the vet and enrolled her in Pet Insurance, got her new bowls/collars/leashes, signed her up for training classes, and got her a new doggy bed. My Fiance was attending weekly classes with her until he decided to stop going after three weeks…that’s when it all went down hill.
He then started to let her and the rest of our energetic pups roam the new house that I had just put THOUSANDS into decorating and so much elbow grease into cleaning. We have a room where they can be closed off from the rest of the house and just go right outside, but he leaves that open because it gets too hot in the summer, but it stinks up the rest of my house when that door is open! He refuses to buy a portable AC unit for in there to keep them cool! On top of the smell, and the shedding getting into my home, the bugs from outside get in because he constantly leaves the back door open! He stopped training Kali, he stopped spending time with the dogs all together, and she still continues to have “accidents” all throughout my house. I want to adopt her out still and he knows that, but he will not allow it and considers it to be disrespectful to him. I understand that, but this dog has gotten in between us and has caused us to fight I can’t tell you how many times. If he’s not willing to train the dog, care for her, or clean up after her, then why do we have her? I have trained her for the most part when it comes to basic commands, and yes she is a great dog, but we already have four TRAINED dogs and the fifth is just proving to be too much!
What would you do??