There’s a general attitude in the dog world, or some aspects of it, that placing a dog in a different home makes you practically equal to someone who sets kittens on fire. I’d like to challenge that notion. What in the world is beneficial to human OR animal in keeping a dog somewhere where the animal does not mesh well, does not meet the owner’s needs (or the other way around), or is not going to have his full potential reached? Is it simply so you can pat yourself on the back that you are responsible? I wager that real responsibility is a lot more complex than that. It includes making choices that might even break your heart, but are better for everyone involved, including yourself.
There are countless reasons to rehome an animal, and in my opinion, they’re all valid. If someone isn’t interested in living with a certain animal anymore, then there is probably somewhere that will suit the animal better. In extreme cases, even euthanizing the animal is the responsible, caring choice. Whatever the case may be, we need to stop vilifying people for making choices for their animals.
I will be getting my beloved Andromeda back tomorrow. The reason is that she does not quite have the right temperament for service work. She was placed in a breeding and working service dog home. It remains to be seen, upon evaluation, if I will ever use her for breeding, but regardless, she isn’t what her handler needs for service work. This person is sad to see her go, but after some deliberation, she made a mature choice. She has another washed out (for health reasons) service dog prospect from a different breeder. She is keeping this animal as a companion, and caring for her special needs for life. She has other dogs and dog related projects happening, too. Sure, she could have kept Andi, while still getting another prospect. But, how much time would she then have to devote to Andi? To her other Golden pet? To her other animals? To her new prospect puppy?
I applaud my puppy home for making the most loving and responsible choice not only for herself and her other animals, but for the puppy that I bred, raised, and love. I will quickly leap to her defense, should anyone speak poorly of her or her choice. As a caring breeder, I happily and quickly arranged to have Andi returned. I love and would do the same for every puppy I have ever bred, though Andi has special meaning to me, and always has. It was a sacrifice (also made in love) to let her go. Life has changed, and two of my other dogs have been placed. I now have the time, space, and ability to give Andi what she deserves. If she is solid and lovely and matures well, I will breed from her. If I feel that’s not the correct choice, she will go on to be a wonderful companion somewhere. Either way, she is safe, and she is loved by many people.
Rehoming your dog is beautiful. While we may be quick to judge someone for what we think was a poor or hasty choice, or for life situations we probably cannot even imagine, why don’t we just celebrate happy endings and new beginnings? Andi’s owners got to experience her, and help raise and influence her. In the future at some point, they will receive a pick eight week old puppy from another litter. They are the type of home that every caring breeder hopes to find.
On that note, I am rather excited to see my Andi girl tomorrow, and to start this new adventure in both her life and my own!
Show me the stars, Galaxy puppy.