Another Chance

another-chance-pixiePixie’s human loved her like most dog lovers love their dogs. Leaving Pixie in a crate 10 hours a day, in a tiny townhouse was a depressing life for a dog. Her human felt just as depressed knowing Pixie was unhappy. After much contemplation, she did what she knew would be best for this Carolina dog she loved. Giving Her freedom from the created world would bring peace for her and joy for Pixie. The best option was to find a home that would provide a dog world of freedom to run, bark, play and roll around in her dogginess. And that is what Pixie has learned to do in her new home. The legs once crammed in a crate all day now, run, dig, chase, swim and, and play. Her new home is what all dogs dream about.

Patricia B. McConnell, Ph.D., In her book, The Other End of the Leash, says, “Rehoming your dog into a situation where he will be safe and happy is not a betrayal.” Not all lifestyles fit all dogs. When it doesn’t fit, a new opportunity can be offered to find the right one.

There are countless reasons for re-homing. Some reasons could be:
-Not enough time to spend with the dog
-Behavior issues
-Human allergic
-Moving
-Death of human

Many people are willing to offer a new home for a mismatched dog. Situations happen that require a change or a different environment for a more favorable situation. Making the decision to re-home is a human action.
Giving a dog another chance is how many humans add a new canine member to their family. Some want to avoid the puppy stage, find a dog that has already been trained, or have experienced a bond when they met the dog. Whatever the reason, keep in mind a few things to make the re-home slightly smoother for both of you:
-Meet the dog in a neutral location if possible.
-Make sure to get the medical records for your next vet.
-Understand any behavior issues and how they have been addressed.
-Know who the dog can and can’t be around, i.e. Cats, other dogs, people, children, chickens, etc.
-Learn how the dog has been trained and know any signals it may know.
-When is the dog fed and how much?
-How does it tell you it needs to go potty or does it tell you?
-Where does the dog sleep?

When the heart-wrenching decision to re-home your canine friend has been made, be truthful in disclosing any information that will make the new home a right match. Hiding health or behavioral issue’s will only create another uncomfortable home. There are plenty of homes that are skilled and willing to create the best environment for a dog. The truth will assure that the dog will have a better chance of being placed where it’s needs can be met. Sometimes a larger yard, a more active family, more attention, some training is all a dog needs to relax into a home. Once a dog is in the right place, happiness blossoms!

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Cheryl Wilson

Cheryl Wilson created Why We Wag in 2012 as her result of her lifelong love of dogs. After 22 years in the Educational sector, Cheryl utilizes her expertise as an award winning educator, to educate dog lovers, along with offering supplies that support a healthy, meaningful relationship with canines. Residing in Utah, Cheryl is celebrating her 5th generation with dogs and now her first generation of grand-dogs.