Saturday, July 21, 2012
Today we get a dog. We are very excited.
A friend of mine found themselves in the position of needing to find a new home for their 10yo female Beagle. Apparently she has a little bit of arthritis, which isn't agreeing with the couples 3yo toddler. I guess the kid, as kids will do, wants to play with the dog and climb all over her, but the dog can't handle it because she ends up getting hurt.
Over here in our house, we don't have small children. My husbands twins are almost 11yo and my son is almost 17yo. So they are certainly old enough to be gentle with an older animal. On top of that, the kids don't even live with us full-time. 80% of our month is just my husband and I. So giving an older dog a nice, quiet home is right up our alley.
She can still walk and everything. The arthritis doesn't act up all the time. Just sometimes when she runs the wrong way or when the kid climbs on her. So it sounds like I will have a walking partner for when my husband comes up with one of his 12,000 excuses to not walk with me. Also, I do a paper route by myself every Saturday and being in the car for hours on end with no one to talk to can be lonely. I was told she rides good in the car, which will make her a great companion for me.
In addition, we don't have any stairs in our house that she will have to climb. We do have a basement, but there would be no need for her to go down there. We have a huge, fenced backyard for her to run around in.
Our friends said that they will take her back if things don't work out. They do NOT want her to end up in a shelter. So that's good.
So pray for an easy transition for the dog and for us! Seriously.
PRAY FOR AN EASY TRANSITION FOR THE DOG!!!
I've seen and had dogs that did NOT transition well from one home to another (separation anxiety) and it is NOT a pleasant experience for anyone.