Registered: 1519154686 Posts: 1
So today’s been the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make. I had to let my 2 year old Labrador go to a forever home.
It’s not been a spur of the moment decision by no means. I’ve literally had no choice.
I’ve lost my home due to domestic issues and myself and children are moving in with family who have a dog that doesn’t like my dog... he actually attacks him.
I’ve tried to find temporary foster care as I’m hoping to be able to get my own home again 6-12 months from now.
My 15 year old son has left home because of my decision and seems to see it as I’m being spiteful. This is not the case at all.
Also, I’m having double hip replacement this year and the recovery period is long after this but the only real reason to rehome is because I can’t take him when I move.
I have to admit I’ve in the past been judgmental when I see dogs being rehomed.
Has anyone with teenage kids had to do this as I really am worried about the way my son has taken this. He’s gone to his nans and had sent me really awful messages all day. I understand he’s angry at me but I don’t know what to do.
The lady that has our dog says we can visit any time we want to
Registered: 1519179061 Posts: 19
I'm very sorry you're dealing with this! I've not gone thru this situation myself. However, I believe that you have done the best thing you could for your dog -- under very difficult circumstances!
My understanding is that your son would be able to visit the dog anytime!!!! When I was a teenager, our beagle dog became aggressive (there was a lot of stress in the home) he didn't bite but he snapped at my Dad ... and my Dad removed the dog ... didn't tell us where he had gone ... I was so angry and sad ... I was I think 17 ... I went to stay with my grandmother for 3 or 4 days. It was really, really hard on me. I begged to know where the dog was and was not told. I still don't know if the dog was put down or if it went to live with someone else. I think the way you've done it is so much more humane. These are very tough situations. Maybe if you respond to your son by letting him know he can see the dog and validating his feelings as much as possible -- he will come to see that you did what you had to do for the sake of the dog ... Good luck, I will be keeping positive thoughts for you!!!!!