Post # 1
About 6 years ago, My family adopted a little dog, Harry as a companion for my grandma who had Alzheimer’s. She passed away a little less than a year ago & my parents were taking care of him. I love this dog. He stays with us when they go on vacation & recently stayed with us for a few months while my parents were transitioning into they’re new home. They finally moved in & have been having trouble with Harry peeing in the house. I knew they wanted to find him a home & I would have loved to take him but I live in a very small house with 2 dogs & 2 cats already. I really didn’t think they would give him away anyway.
But today, I went to lunch with my mom & she told me my dad left him with Petco. So I assumed Petco had an adoption shelter I drove all the way home crying, but I figured I’d find him & take him home myself at least until I could find the right home for him. I called Petco & they said they don’t take dogs in, but gave me the number to some local shelters. So I called all over the place trying to find him. My dad wasn’t answering his calls. Finally, my brother got a hold of him & told him to call me.
He said that he was talking to his neighbor about trying to find Harry a home and one of the guys working on a house neerby overheard & said he’d take him. So my dad just handed him over. No questions asked. Just gave away our family’s dog. When he told me, I started hyperventilating & crying hysterically on the floor. I almost threw up. I still just feel sick.
He doesn’t even have this guys number, but said he’d ask him if he sees him tomorrow. I told him he needs to get it and I will go to their house & meet the family. Apparently the guy has kids. I don’t know how old or how many. Harry is good with well behaved kids, but the only time I’ve ever seen him snap was with a pair of hyper kids who wouldn’t leave him alone.
I’m just so freaked out that my dad just handed Harry of to an abusive home & I’ll never see him again. I just needed to vent here. Thanks for listening.
Post # 3
I’m sorry, that’s really crappy…hopefully he went to a loving home.
Post # 4
i’m sorry but I think what your dad did was really wrong and horrible. I’m kind of shocked that someone would just do that to a family pet.
Post # 5
My Mom did this to me. I landlord said she’d kick me out if I didn’t find a place for my shih tzu that I loved with all my heart. I had 8 months left on my lease so I gave the dog to my parents. She wasn’t potty trained (extremely stubborn) and ruined their carpet.
One day I went to my parents to find that my Mom had given my dog away because she couldn’t deal with it anymore.
5 years later and i’m still so heartbroken. I reacted the same as you. I know it’s an awful feeling – I hope you find who has the dog and you can take care of it. Please keep us updated!
Post # 6
- Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards
Family dog = family decision, IMO
I’m so sorry. 🙁
Post # 7
Thanks for all the support. I’m going to try to go over there tomorrow & see what I can do. I really hope that guy is there so I can talk to him. I also gigot to mention Harry was going to be one of my ring bearers!! I just can’t believe he didn’t ask me or my Mom.
Post # 8
I feel so sorry for you! I hope you find out he’s happy and healthy. Most people do try to be good, responsible pet owners, so please don’t worry too much! I’m sure he’s OK just missing you!
Still, how terrible and unfeeling of your parents 🙁
Post # 9
I’m so so so sorry. I can’t imagine the hurt you must be feeling. I would be torn between raging anger at my father and distress and worry about my poor baby.l I really, really hope it works out and you either get him back or found out he went to a great home.
Post # 10
I’m so sorry! I would be equally upset if that happened to me. I hope things work our for you and your dog! *hugs*
Post # 11
OMG what a shitty thing for your dad to do. I’d make him find that guy so you can check out the living conditions and if he brushes it off I’d totally give him an earful.
Post # 12
WTF was your dad thinking? That’s so sad. Poor Harry. Poor you.
Post # 13
Thanks everyone. I’m glad to know you guys would feel the same way. I’m still just feeling so sick. My Mom went home early from work today because she said she wasn’t feeling well. We both agree it was probably emotional. I asked her to please make sure my Dad finds this guy & gets his information. I really hope this was his full time job & he will return. I know they use a lot of day laborers in that area and I’m so scared we’ll never find him. I don’t know what to do. It’s about to rain. They may not even be working again until it stops.
I feel like I’m just so negative about this whole thing but it’s hard not to think of the worst. My brother texted that he had a dream everything was OK. That was really sweet. Wish I had that dream!!
It’s also hard to imagine forgiving my Dad until I know everything is OK. I don’t like being this angry or feeling so upset with my Dad. He’s old. Always makes jokes about this being his last year but he finally told me he prayed that he’d make it through the wedding so he could be there. I know as time passes this will be easier, but right now, it really takes away from that sweet picture in my mind of my Dad walking me down the isle. I hope next time I write back I’ll be saying everything is fine!!
Post # 14
So here’s the latest. Yesterday, no one worked because of the rain so they weren’t able to talk to them. Today, my Dad wasn’t home so I decided to just go over myself & they were working. I tried to ask around but a few things got lost in translation – I am terribly out of practice with my Spanish. A few of the guys understood me & unfortunately, none of them were the guy who took him. I finally found the manager who spoke English. He said he didn’t know anything about the situation, but he would let them know we were worried if he heard anything. He also said that a lot of the guys are day laborers so they may not be the same people every day.
What we’re going to do now is put up some posters in that area in English or Spanish to ask them to bring him back or at least call us so we know he’s OK.
My parents feel terrible now. They said they made a terrible decision & regret doing it. They said they didn’t even think about all of the horrible scenarios I brought up. The exact same thing happened to a friend of mine & when he finally found his dog, he was skinny & tied up to a rope in the back yard. There are also people who abuse animals that would be happy to get a free one. I was driving around a neerby neighborhood today at a school I was working at where they have stray dogs just running free in the street. I’m just so scared that’s how he’s going to end up. I just don’t know what my parents were thinking!
I also went to the local pound just incase he got out, or they decided they didn’t want him or something, but they were closed. I’m going to put his picture up there and keep checking. I don’t know what else to do.
Post # 15
: ( This is terrible. I would be livid if someone did this to me.
Post # 16
- Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo
@Amayansong: I really really hope that you find your dog, that’s so sad. Try and forgive your dad though, he did what he thought was best, even if he clearly didn’t think it through very well. Good luck >.<