Monday, April 13, 2009

Wow...not sure if I can handle this!

It looks like we will probably be giving away our new puppy Dixie! I am so broken up about it! She is the first puppy that we had since we had children, and we didn't realize how much it would impact our lives! With two toddlers our life is chaotic enough, what were we thinking bringing a puppy into our home?! I feel like a horrible person, but she's just not working out with our family. I've always thought that Golden Retrievers were laid back (we had two of them) but Dixie is extremely wild! I think that besides her being a puppy, the kids probably get her way too excited!

Benjamin asked the other day if we could give her away. He said that he's tired of being scratched, and tired of her chewing his toys! Alex was scratched the other day right under his eye and it bled. I know she's just a puppy, but I think our kids right now are too young to have such a big dog around. Especially one who is always biting at them, scratching them, and jumping up on them.

I want her to go to a good home. No one really wants her because she's already 4 months old. At least nobody wants to pay much for her. I think she would be better off with another family. I cannot give her the time that she needs and deserves at this point in her life. I just feel soo badly about giving her away! If she were a person she wouldn't be given away like this and that's what makes it soo hard. I know she's just a dog, but she is so special and amazing that I feel like a terrible mom and dog owner to do this. What do you think?

I'm just soo stressed out being a stay at home mom with the kids, but this is a much added stress. As I'm writing this I am crying, I will probably have to make the decision tomorrow and it's just too hard for me to do. So if I'm not online for a couple of days you'll know why.

-Ruth Ann


Darlene said...

You will have to do what is best for your family. Have you thought about or could you take her to a doggy obedience class? In my experience most puppies are just takes a while for them to learn and understand what is acceptable behavior.

I will pray that whatever you end up doing you will find peace in your heart with the decision.

Kirby3131 said...

Oh honey, I'm so sorry to hear that you aren't happy with your dog. Goldens can be very active and hyper, from what I've heard. I had a German Shepherd for a few years, when I was a kid, and he finally was given to a family that had a farm because he was too much for us to handle.

I hope that you find a solution. It might be that you just need to train her and as Caesar Milan says - learn how to walk the dog.

mysteryhistorymom said...

We have been there, Sweetie. You are not a failure. Perhaps Dixie would be better off in a home with older children/adults. Puppies can be very stressful even though are so cute! It will all work out.:) Lori

Carrie said...

I hope everything works out we got a Jack Russell when the kids were small and they were so scared of her it was just not the right fit I hope you can find her a home with older kids or a single person goldens just need alot of one on one. Good luck

Manuela@Pleasures of Homemaking said...

We have a Golden and he was very, very active when he was a puppy through about 3 years. They are high activity dogs. Most puppies are activities though - they're not sleepy like cats. He's calmed down considerably since he's gotten older (he's asleep by 8pm every night and doesn't even want to wake up until about 9 am!).