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It's a Dog's Life
Stephanie "Foster Mom" O'Brien

They're Everywhere, they're everywhere!

Posted Sunday, November 18, 2012, at 9:24 PM
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  • For every person who neglects a dog, there is, thanksfully, another who treats a pet like a member of the family. Please read this wonderful/heartbreaking article about Fiona Apple.

    http://music-mix.ew.com/2012/11/20/fiona...

    -- Posted by JTennant on Tue, Nov 20, 2012, at 10:46 PM
  • I have a very beautiful, beautiful dog. She is a German Shepherd/Golden Retriever mix. Her name is Fanny, she is 3 years old, and spayed. She is great with my 2 daughters, both under the age of 2. My dog, Fanny, is an inside dog. She is well loved, cared for, and respected by my wife, children, neighbors, and myself. She is however, too big for my family of four in a 2 bedroom home. She is very well trained and has a great nature. She has, unfortunately, had to take a back seat in the attention department due to a budding family. I absolutely love this dog. Is there anyone out there who is looking for a companion who is house trained, well behaved and in need of more than I can provide?

    -- Posted by old timing man on Wed, Nov 21, 2012, at 8:55 AM
  • Old-timing, Do you have a fenced in back yard? Could you get Frannie gradually used to being an inside/outside dog? Inside just enough for playtime and so she knows she's still part of the family, and outside often enough to give you and the family a respite from having her always underfoot with toddlers in the house?

    -- Posted by JTennant on Wed, Nov 21, 2012, at 2:43 PM
  • Old-timing, so many times people think that they are not giving their animal what they deserve. A couple of things for you to think about before you rehome. First of all, you are providing Fanny exactly what she needs, shelter, food, water, and companionship. It may not be to the extent that you used to give her, or what you would like to give her, but as changes happen in our lives, we adjust. Fannie will adjust. It may mean a little less attention, but your kids will grow and soon she will be getting more attention than she knows what to do with.

    Do you have a crate she can sleep in while in the house? It's a great way to keep her contained. Maybe a heated garage she can stay in?

    Please consider sticking it out for Fanny. You lovingly refer to her as a part of your family, teach your children that all members of the family are loved, wanted, and will remain apart no matter what comes your way.

    -- Posted by Foster Mom on Wed, Nov 21, 2012, at 4:23 PM
  • I mean FANNY! Sorry for the misspelling.

    And Foster Mom said it very well, though I'm pretty sure that last line was supposed to be "and will remain together no matter what comes your way."

    -- Posted by JTennant on Wed, Nov 21, 2012, at 10:45 PM
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