I have a question for the group..........
I do some private rescue (on the side :) and have recently rehomed/placed two
dogs and a cat....my question is, how do you guys deal with the following
1) Hound mix puppy that I bottlefed from 4 days of age, she is now six months
old. *Fully* housebroken - has not had an accident since she was 7 weeks old.
Crate trained, good with cats, *excellent* with children (I have twin two year
olds) and friendly to everyone, has basic obedience training. Very bonded to
humans as she was a bottle baby....
- I interviewed potential homes (you can be sure I was viligent - I am very
attached to her) The best prospect was a family with two children (6/11) - they
drove for over an hour just to see her and it was love at first sight. Maggie
loves to fetch, and by the time they left to go home she was passing me by to
bring the toy back to the 11 YO boy. Maggie *does* have a loud hound voice,
but only uses it when she wants in from outside (scratches at door to go out)
and since they were looking specifically for a hound as an inside only dog, and
they live in the country with a fenced yard, I figured it was a match made in
heaven. They signed the contract and left. I called the next morning (monday)
everything was fine. Tuesday evening the mother called me and told me how
wonderful she was, how friendly, how good with the children, how clean in the
house and then finished the conversation off with the fact that they thought
she was unhappy and they wanted to bring her back. Fine with me, I love the
dog. Maggie came back. She had been with them 48 hours.
2) I placed a DLH kitten (14 weeks) with a woman who was wanting a second cat
(indoor only) The kitten was a little shy at first (she was wearing *lots* of
perfume) but she visited me for 1 1/2 hours and he warmed up considerably. She
took him home late Sunday afternoon and called me by lunchtime Monday saying
that he was hiding under her couch and hadn't eaten much. Verdict? He was
unhappy and wanted to come back home - Less than 20 hours in her home and since
he was not completely "at home" she wanted to bring him back. Fine with me.
3) A Jack Russel - Now, I know you are rolling your eyes at this one, but let
me finish <g>...... I bought Susie for myself 8 months ago as a show prospect.
She is an absolutely *gorgeous* solid white rough with patch eyes and was
dynamite in the ring. She does have a high energy level, but is good with
children (remember those 2 / 2 year olds?) and cats. She is *** to
other dogs and in fact the reason that I decided to rehome her is because my
dogs (I have Aust. Shep) think that Susie is LUNCH. I have already had to have
her muzzle stitched where my Alpha *** grabbed her and the rest of them just
*want* her. I finally decided that it was not fair to her to always have to be
separate. And in truth, it is stressful to have to keep her separate in our
very busy household.
I answered a post (from rec.dogs) for a couple in my area who wanted a playmate
for their dog. Since Susie is *not* dog agressive, and the couple had a small
dog (reads something that wouldn't eat her) I emailed them and we discussed at
length her disposition, introducing her to their dog, and making a smooth
transition into their "family". They have had her for *3* days when they call
and say that their first dog still isn't accepting her and she has to go.
Now, I assure you that these animals are not unhealthy, untrained,
unmanageable, etc. quite the opposite. I have discussed with each person what
is involved with making a smooth transition into a new home (for animal and
people alike) and have chosen the new homes carefully. In the case of the
JRT, the guy told me that they fully expected that the transition would take a
couple of weeks! So I feel that I am asking the right questions, and getting
the right answers........... How do you deal with adoptive owners that are
unrealistic when demanding that if a pet does not acclimate fully within a few
hours that they never will??????
I appreciate any input you may have - and I appreciate you reading this far - I
guess it is as much a rant as anything else, but I really want to know how to
go about this differently in the future.