- 4 years ago
- Wedding: October 2016
Better to have them rehome a wonderful furbaby than put them down.
I think you need to realize two things: first the owner has had this dog for a very long time and LOVES their pet. They wouldn’t be re-homing if it was at all possible not to.
Second- allergies can be life threatening. They are not always just a sniffle.
Case in point- my DH has two dogs. I am DEATHLY allergic to dogs, I have asthma and have had to use an epi-pen after exposure to dogs on several occasions. We both knew this going in and I started getting allergy shots and taking medications. We also took all of the carpet out of the house, scrubbed and painted every surface and confined the dogs to the laundry room/mancave. Things were fine for about 6 months then one evening I was in our living room, which is attached to the laundry room where the dogs were behind a babygate. I had a horrible asthma attack and had to use my epi-pen then go to the hospital. I started to have asthma attacks and difficulty breathing everyt time I even went near the living room. I increased my allergy shots, got on 4 different inhalers and still, problems. We put in Hepa filters, changed out all of the filters in the home. Still a problem. He put in a solid door between the dogs and our living area. Still a problem. He bathes the dogs and mops their room every week. The older dog has a horrible skin problem that he has taken her to the vet for several times but there is definitely an increase in dander from her.
I started getting Xolair shots. It is a biologic that is HORRIBLE on the body (I feel like I got run over by a truck for a few days after each treatment) and costs about $23000.
Still having a problem. So recap- allergy shots every week. Xolair shots every other week. 4 different inhalers daily. Allegra, Flonase every day. Benadryl every night.
So, here we are, married, and I am basically forced to live in the bedroom. I don’t know what we are going to do but i have to say, I have done EVERYTHING I can. I don’t know why my allergy suddenly came back with such a vengance.
Are we talking about maybe having to re-home? Yes. I have not asked him to but i am pretty sick of living in the bedroom.
Don’t judge the dog owner unless you know the facts.
These are also the same people who fed their beagle table scraps (and I literally mean scraping leftover spaghetti onto the back porch so their already overweight dog would eat it and they didn’t have to throw it away) and complained that she was fat. I wonder how THAT happened.
I get the frustration but it depends on the situation. I live in an area where rentals almost never allow pets. When they do, it’s either really expensive (it’s already really expensive here) or really crummy and a lot of potential renters show up. What’s a person supposed to do if they once lived in pet friendly accommodations but no longer do? Or as PP suggested, are severely allergic. I was terribly allergic my grandmas birds when I was younger and it was miserable. My eyes would swell and crust shut! On the other hand, what if someone looses a job and can’t afford their pet anymore?
I moderate a forum for dogs and the even worse one is when a dog is PTS for “behavioural problems” without ANY professional assessment. I agree that there are some circumstances it’s for the best and it’s totally unpredictable but the unneccesary ones drive me bonkers. I also know of a blog who the owner is up to like 7 or 8 dogs she’s rehomed now… it’s insane.
Rehoming makes me want to cry, always. I’m happy when I hear a good outcome, but I do judge rehomers. I really don’t think you should be taking pets if there is going to be any reason you have to rehome later. I don’t even like thinking about this 🙁
There are times when re-homing pets is necessary, like when there is a huge allergy/medical problem with the human/ aggressive behavior that you can’t handle. No judgement from me in those situations, but when you move, you make sure you can take your pet and if you can’t, then you find somewhere else to live. You signed up to give this pet a home when you adopted it and sometimes that takes a little effort.
My Mother-In-Law and her husband moved to a new house and gave their dog back to the shelter because she chewed things in the house and they didn’t want her to “wreck their new house”. They acted upset about it to try and get sympathy from people, and tried to say that we could take the dog and then they wouldn’t have to give her back…we lived in a tiny apartment that didn’t allow dogs or we would have had our own dog at that point. I told her she had lost all my respect and I thought she was a pretty terrible person for dropping that dog off at the shelter and complaining about it.
It is situations like that where I judge people hard.
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