We had decided to rehome one of our dogs Tia because I'm out all day and while my husband works from home, he also does a lot of travelling and we had decided last night that maybe it would be for the best to rehome her. I went as far as contacting a few people who I thought might be able to help, and posting on a local mums facebook group. I had a few responses and someone emailed me today asking if she could come round and see the dog, Tia. She did come and took her for a walk as she arrived early and my husband was on a conference call. But this evening we are both having second thoughts. We think the problem is us and maybe we should just pull our socks up as dog owners. I'd been imagining the quiet and peace with just having one (old terrier type) dog. Less noise, less mess, less things chewed, less barking. Obviously I was thinking about her standard of life too. I'd just decided that we weren't capable / didn't have the time to train her, walk her, spend actual and emotional time on her.
I've had lovely cuddles with her tonight and hubby and I have talked. We're not sure but we are erring on the side of pulling out of the rehoming idea. We haven't had anyone yet say they definitely want her but have had 2 enquiries, including this one lady who visited.
If we keep her, we need to:
- Sort out somewhere for her to stay when hubby goes away for 2 weeks (kennels during the week I think is the best option)
- Buy her a crate (hubby has been looking into this and apparently we should be crate training her - I hadn't even known this existed)
- Take her to training classes. Perhaps with my son - so he gets a little sense of the responsibililty that it takes to train your doggy to be well-behaved - that shouting at her won't work (sadly, he's learnt that from us)
- Take her for long walks every sunday without fail (in addition to twice daily)
- Buy her new bedding as her current bedding is just towels and blankets (she did eat her last cushion but she doesn't chew quite as much now)
- Give her more cuddles and accept more love off her (she has tonnes to give)
- Enjoy her