July 13th, 2007, 10:51 AM
I'm 19 now and this is my first year away from home. I got my puppy when I was 17 and even though he was supposed to be a family dog, he was MY dog. Gunner is a Duck Tolling Retriever and I've been through ALOT with him, you may have seen my posts about his car accident. That was the scariest time in my life, having to hold my baby's leg together. And now I'm off to university, in a city. I can't take my dog with me, and home with the family he's in a smaller town with his friend the neighbours dog and the wildreness on our back door. He goes hunting and trapping with my dad and he has his freedom. I rationally know he is so much better home in Labrador but inside I feel like I'm leaving my baby :( I feel like no one will be able to care and spoil him as much as I've done. Now I know my views are biased because I think my mom may spoil him even worse. But I have a fear that when I finsih school in 4 years he wont remember me, or our bond wont be as close. Has anyone else had to leave a pet for along period of time? And what are your experiences? I'd really like to know!