June 30th, 2004, 09:10 PM
Once again, my life has taken a strange, and dissappointing turn.. I may have to give my dogs up.. As my dad's sister died two days ago, we found out last night, and her daughter who is 7 years old will be taken into our care. We don't know how my dogs will react to this. They love children, they're just really hyper, and still jump when ppl come into the house. We're going to keep them and see how things go, she's in Nova Scotia, and is staying with her grandma till she can get money for a plane here. She's a tiny girl, and I wouldn't want Chaos and King to hurt her in any kind of way. When they jump on her they may knock her over. All I need now is for my neighbor to see the dogs jump on her in our backyard, and call the cops saying that they're attacking her. Hopefully all goes well, and I wont have to give them up. But I already know someone who will take them, who's a very very close family friend and I'm usually over at his house all day with them anyway, so atleast I'll still get to see them on a regular basis.. I'm just gunna miss waking up beside them.. But you know, not many ppl are lucky enough to still get to see their dog everyday after they're forced to give them up. :(
June 30th, 2004, 10:09 PM
Every kind of life story and change needs time for adjustment.
I truly hope that this works out so you don't have to rehome the dogs.
Very sorry for the loss of your aunt, the little girl must just be traumatized.
If your dogs are socially accepting of children, this could be the best thing for her..to have dogs. ;)
June 30th, 2004, 11:40 PM
It's not difficult to teach dogs not to jump all over people, and this child is not 2 yrs old...I think you're jumping the gun a bit. :confused:
June 30th, 2004, 11:53 PM
I really hope that they can stay with me. I dont mean to sound like I'm jumping the gun, but I'm worried. For both my dogs and her. I talked to my dad about it, and he said that we'll see how things go the first two months. I've started teaching them to lay down in the hall whenever someone comes over, they usually do this when it's a new comer, but once they know you well enough, they'll jump all over you and try as hard as they could to get to your face to give you kisses.
July 1st, 2004, 07:12 AM
After the initial meeting the dogs may settle down. My two JR's go crazy when my grandsons arrive to stay, but then they settle down with them and mostly ignore them. Dogs can get used to little people very quickly, so see how it goes.
July 1st, 2004, 08:19 AM
AM -- Don't plant o rehome yet!!! LR's right, you're kinda jumping the gun.. I know that you're worries and just thinking about the future, but just as it was said, your sogs might be what the little girl needs!! I found that when Briggs was jumping up on strangers give a loud no and correct by giving them an action like down or sit. You're on the right track with telling them to lie down. I think it will also be an adjustment for King and Chaos, but everyone should be just fine. Don't worry, you guys will be fine.
I am very sorry to hear about your aunt!! (HUGS)
July 1st, 2004, 08:43 AM
AM, don't rehome your dogs. I have 3 male dogs German Shepard, Pit Bull and Pit Bull Mix and 3 small children ages 6yrs, 3yrs and 20 months.
My 2 oldest don't live w/me on a full term yet (due to very bitter custody battle), but when they come over my dogs jump on them and I tell them down and they do it.
Then they go on sniff duty for awhile and they the dogs go and do their own things. My kids love my dogs and with everything that they are going through the dogs are the best thing for them.
They run and chase the dogs and the dogs play with them, they play ball w/the dogs, etc.
So this might be the best for your great neice (I think I'm right). She's going through alot at such a young age. I'm very sorry for you loss and send condolences.
But your dogs might be the best medicine for this little girl.
So please don't rehome them. Give it a chance.
July 1st, 2004, 10:35 AM
Thats right! Your dogs might be the very best therapy the little girl could have.
July 1st, 2004, 05:30 PM
please don't rehome the dogs!!
think about it --> whenever you come home, they great you quite excitely; but before you know it, they're calm again. it only happens for a moment. and it's a moment of happiness, a pleasant GREETING.
u CAN teach the dogs not to jump, ur neice can turn around, she's old enough to learn commands to issue, etc.
U can do it, so can she, the dogs'll listen. they're smart. trust me. :)
July 1st, 2004, 06:00 PM
Yeah, I would hate to rehome them. And I spoke with her today, and I told her that I had two doggies that get very excited when they meet new ppl, and that they may jump on her and try to give her kisses. I told her that if they make her feel uncomfortable in anyway, then I would have to get rid of them, and she said that she has a dog where she lives, she said it's really big and she doesn't know what kind it is.. and she asked me not to give them away. She said she would miss hers, and she would like to be with one when she comes here :D She said it doesn't matter how much they jump on her, she said it would feel like they love her and make her happy that they want to give her kisses. She told me that her dog is almost as big as her, and he jumps on her when they're playing in their backyard. Makes me feel amazingly happy knowing that she's completely fine with dogs jumping on her and giving her kisses, especially the big ones. Maybe I was jumping the gun too much :o I'm just going to wait and see what happens. The day she walks in my front door, and sees those dogs, I have a feeling she's going to be happy. I believe that dogs are the best thing for ppl who are depressed, or upset in any way.
July 1st, 2004, 07:28 PM
AM, So glad to hear that she's excited about the dogs, that's great!! I'm sure that she's aware of how to behave around dogs, and she's old enough that she should be able to tell them when they are doing something that she doesn't like - like jumping on her!! See, everything will work out just fine. People and animals can always coexisit!!!! YEAAAAHHH, I'm happy for you!
July 1st, 2004, 08:32 PM
When I was a kid, my dog was my confidante, my companion, my soulmate. I told her everything. She thought I was wonderful and showed it. Some of my best memories were with my dog. I even climbed the huge old cork tree behind the high school and took my dog up with me. The branches were huge and spreading and she could walk on them easily. I spent many an hour with my book and my dog up in that tree! Kids need dogs! Dogs need kids! I think it's great you're getting your dogs one! :D
July 1st, 2004, 10:51 PM
That is great to hear!
July 2nd, 2004, 08:59 PM
With this little girl losing her mom, having to dogs to love her and distract her from everyday life might just be what the doctor ordered. I know when I'm having a really crappy day the only ones I want to be around are my furry little friends. I'm so glad shes excited. Having been through what she has she needs things to look forward to. Good luck.
July 2nd, 2004, 09:27 PM
I am more sorry for the little girl having to go live with someone who is so remorseful about the potential of loosing their dog. Who is the important one here the dogs or the giril. Are you lookiing for sympathy???????????????? I hope that you are on sites that will help you acclamate the "girl" to your home.
I would feel honored- thirlled to be the guardian of a little girl or boy relative. Hope that you get your prioities straigthened out before she comes!!!!!!!!!
If you want me to shed a tear it is for the young girl
July 2nd, 2004, 09:35 PM
TROLL, the person writing this just asked a question about rehoming her dogs when the young girl comes to live with them. She was not being heartless and cruel. She was thinking about the girl - she was going to rehome her pets. I suggest that you go bother someone else with your TROLL comments.
July 2nd, 2004, 09:41 PM
sammy king, we already know what kind of pet owner you are and to me someone who would kill his dog for something that is his own fault is a person devoid of sympathy and empathy for living creatures.
Caring about animals does NOT preclude caring about children, in case you didn't know. They are not mutually exclusive. A pet is a lifetime committement, not a toy or a novelty to use and discard when it bores you, or becomes inconvenient, or is not perfect.
I really hope you rehome your poor dog and do not get any more pets. Ever. They deserve better.
Instead of criticizing others, perhaps you should take a closer look at yourself.
July 2nd, 2004, 09:43 PM
Wonderful post LR!!! Good work!
July 2nd, 2004, 09:46 PM
SK, your immaturity and desire to hurt are signs of a sick and twisted mind.
Do yourself and everyone else a favor and take your sickness off this board and remember if you continue in this mode you can be barred. :mad:
July 3rd, 2004, 04:35 PM
Who is the important one here the dogs or the giril.
You were the one who was going to kill your dog, right? The one who said he would kill his dog for a simple problem. The one who said he would kill his dog because he didn't want to spend enought time to train her.
The dogs are important. The girl is important. What else is important is that you get off this board because we don't need another smart alec here.
(Forgive me if anyone's name on here is "Alec")
July 3rd, 2004, 04:38 PM
Play in traffic, noooooo! May damage a car!!
Do trolls like swamps?
July 3rd, 2004, 04:43 PM
Someone really needs to seriously think about inventing those troll muzzles in maxi sizes! There's definitely a need out there! :p
July 3rd, 2004, 05:26 PM
I guess so with a mouth that big it would leave teeth marks all over the bumper...LOL
A MAXI MUZZLE- what a great idea.
July 4th, 2004, 02:30 AM
Hmm.. If Sk would've read what I posted, he would know that I was concearned for my dogs, AND at the same time concearned for the girl. And that my idea for rehoming them came to my head cuz I wasn't sure how she'd react to them.. Ppl should fully read a post before jumping to conclusions :rolleyes:
July 4th, 2004, 02:15 PM
AM don't worry about it!
Maxi Muzzles thats great ;)