(Closed) Giving my dog to a new owner

posted 6 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
837 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

It sounds like this is the ideal solution for all parties involved.
The dog is obviously not ok being outdoors in a contained area, and this lady has the time and desire to have the dog and walk it regularly. This means the dog gets attention, exercise and doesn’t have a chance to put itself in danger.

I know that a lot of people look down on those who get rid of dogs, but this is VERY different from those who just ditch dogs or send them to overcrowded shelters.

You should be confident in your decision, you are doing what is best. Every situation is unique, and you’re doing what works in this particular case, and it sounds like everybody will come out of it better.

Post # 4
4439 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall



Is your concern that she will get out and get hit or something similar under your care?  Because if I were her owner I would say I am doing the best I can to control this escape artist and I wouldn’t trust another owner to be so vigilant.




Is there a doggy day care in your area?  Can you hire a dog walker?  Sounds like she neesd some stimulation to tire her out!




I say at the very LEAST wait until  spring finally actually comes around and see how the electric fence works.


EDITED: I somehow blacked out and missed the last part about the lady in the condo!

Post # 5
3176 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Sounds to me like you’re being responsible and doing what’s best for all involved.

Post # 6
3357 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I don’t think this is even in the neighborhood of “getting rid of a dog” – that is throwing the dog out to become a stray or ditching them at the pound or shelter. You realize you have no room for the dog’s needs in your life and are considering a proper owner whom you know will give the dog what it needs. I think it’s ideal.

Post # 7
2375 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Caring for an elderly and ill parent is both physically and emotionally draining.  I would talk to the woman in the condo and find out if she’s truly serious and capable of handling the dog.  I know I’ve snuggled with pets of my friends and said things like ‘I could just steal you and cuddle you forever’, but I didn’t MEAN it.  Well, emotionally I meant it but not rationally.  I’d also make sure that if she was serious about the offer, that she knew how much work this dog was going to be.  It wouldn’t be fair to pass the dog to her, only to have her be in the same situation.  If the dog is that destructive outside, she may be just as destructive inside.

Post # 8
6015 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

sigh get ready for the onslaught 


I think maybe giving her away isn’t such a bad thing.  It’s hard taking care of an ill adult and trying to care for a very very ….. very active dog.  I wouldn’t turn the dog over to a shelter, I’d try local farms first.  I was suprised at how many will take on a new animal no problem, I just don’t know how many farms are in CO. 

hang in there!!

Post # 9
3041 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@lorie:  I went through a sort of similar situation. Except my dog was sexist haha! The dog I adopted from the shelter did not attach to me. She would always try to escape from me & wouldn’t play with me, it was like I didn’t exist. Well she played with my cat! She would take off the first chance she could & would not come to me for anything. I took the dog with me to work & she would always listen to the guys that worked there. In fact, there was one guy who she would ditch me for & track him down at the office whenever he visited (he didn’t work at the office but he stopped by very frequently). I think I had her for a month or 2 & asked him if he wanted her (he had expressed interest but wasn’t too serious since I just got the dog). It turned out he really did want her! It was the best thing to do for both of us, the dogs safety was a concern. It took me awhile to get another dog (the one I have now actually) I felt super guilty but the dog was so much happier.




Sometimes I think rehoming a dog is for the best so long as you know the dog is going to a loving home. You could always meet with the lady & see how they do together.




Post # 10
4311 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Is the dog only around 3 years old?  If that’s the case, it’s still puppyish.  From my experience with dogs, they slow down shortly after that age.

But considering everything going on in your life, I can see why you would want to give the dog a more appropriate home.  But if a yard is not doing it alone, I don’t think walking will do it alone.

I think the dog will need a yard & someone who can devote more time to it!

Post # 11
1293 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2018

@MrsPinkPeony:  +1

I can’t imagine not walking my furbaby everyday but he’s a very high energy breed and I knew that going in. I know you have a lot of stuff going on, but I consider dog walking to be one the responsibilities of dog ownership. If you can’t fulfill the dog’s needs, then it’s great you are giving him to someone who can 🙂

Post # 13
7526 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I think that your plan is a good one- better to give the dog to someone who can give it what it needs.  Makes sense.

Post # 15
5660 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

My experience with Basenji’s is that they are EXTREMELY stubborn, and do not like to be contained. They will always run away at the first chance they get no matter how old they get. They are very smart dogs and they tend to toy with you. That being said, not every dog is a good fit for it’s owner and not every owner is a good fit for it’s dog. I absolutely don’t condone giving away animals because they just don’t suit you, but in certain cases, what is best for the pet IS to let it go and give it to someone who can give it what it needs. Your dog may be much happier with someone else so I don’t think there’s anything wrong with doing this.

Post # 16
4272 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

That sounds incredibly caring and responsible of you. The dog will be with someone who can give it what it needs.


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