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Old 10-14-2012, 08:40 PM
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Old 10-14-2012, 08:47 PM
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I can't help but feel that a dog has so many chances to bond before they just don't try anymore. First start out the gate, if wishes were horses would be the only one, straight from Mama to a new home that will cherish them until they day they cross the bridge. When they are returned for not being quite right, or a good fit, or for any reason other than a health reason that would be on the breeder for letting them go in the first place, that first chance is robbed from them. Not saying that a dog won't bond again, or even again after that, but I have met too many 3 and four time "losers" not saying the dog is the loser, but the people they came across sure were thinking that a puppy or dog would fit like a puzzle piece and they don't right off the bat. OR the can't handle the now seperation anxieties that have been created by succeeding losses. Making the dog all the harder to place. Each time, less trust, each time, less chance of having that miracle to me of partnership. THEy end up being their own dog, and most people are not looking for that, they are looking for just about the opposite. I wish i had a magic wand to put over all the babies that they have the best luck ever and are received with adoring, patient, and common sense arms. I could like people a whole lot more if that was the case. This puppy has been cheated of round one. I pray with all my heart that round two, will be the opposite.
If it makes you feel any better, the first Stafford I owned was almost 4 when I got him, and I was his 4th home. He'd also spent time back at his breeder's, and was with a rescuer for a month or 2 before being shipped to me. We bonded the moment he stepped out of his crate at the airport.

He was with me for 10 years, and euthanized (due to severe kidney failure) in my lap.
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Old 10-14-2012, 08:49 PM
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Hobie was 9 months old when I got him and we bonded very quickly. He is almost 13 now and I hope to god we have at least a couple more years.
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Old 10-14-2012, 09:12 PM
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Well, I think Allie said it as well as anyone can. Dianna, I really appreciate you coming on and stating your position.

I so just want to be happy Bullseye has a great new home and. . .the end. But I do fear very terribly for the next dog who doesn't fit in.
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Old 10-14-2012, 09:47 PM
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It took Lily a whole week to figure out I wasn't going to dump her on the street like her first owner did. I had to carry her in/out of the car, up/down stairs, etc. When she finally figured it out she got the hugest grin. It hasn't left either. I can't believe that will be five years ago next month.

Scout decided I was her person from the second she met me. It took some convincing for me, but I finally took her because I'd worked with her enough to get attached and I couldn't bear to see them dump her at the shelter when they were done with her. I'm her third home. She trusts me enough to try anything and a lot of things scare the crap out of her so that is saying a lot. I can't imagine turning your back on that kind of devotion. It'll be three years in April that she's been with me. I told both the girls they are required to stick around till they are least 14 lol.

Lily will always have her eating disorder from being dumped to starve and Scout will always be an odd duck, but I sure wouldn't trade them. If I ever met the douche who dumped Lily to starve he'd have a real bad day mkay.
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Old 10-14-2012, 09:52 PM
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Scout decided I was her person from the second she met me. It took some convincing for me, but I finally took her
That was Harley and I Everybody else knew it... it just took some time for me to notice.
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Old 10-14-2012, 10:00 PM
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She took pictures of him the day she picked him up from me.
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Old 10-14-2012, 10:21 PM
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If it makes you feel any better, the first Stafford I owned was almost 4 when I got him, and I was his 4th home. He'd also spent time back at his breeder's, and was with a rescuer for a month or 2 before being shipped to me. We bonded the moment he stepped out of his crate at the airport.

He was with me for 10 years, and euthanized (due to severe kidney failure) in my lap.
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Old 10-14-2012, 11:37 PM
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From the moment I laid eyes on Bandit I knew he was something special. Took us a bit of time to figure each other out and for him to move in to my home... but we both just knew we were meant to be.
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Old 10-15-2012, 08:46 AM
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Belle would have no ill effects if she was shipped from home to home to home I don't think. As long as she's fed and is allowed on the furniture I don't think she cares where or who she lives with lol

Beezer is another story. he was a WRECK when we went to see him at the shelter. they had to carry him up the steps, He was WILD in the room and bit the lady holding his leash (not bit per say. he was trying to pull off the leash and grabbed it with his mouth and then "re gripped" and got her thumb in the process), he was a neurotic mess. I thought there is no way I'm bringing this dog home when I'm about to have a baby. Then they asked if we wanted to try walking him but warned us that no one has been successful in walking him anywhere on a leash but we were welcome to try. I figured it was an exercise in futility but what the hey. They snapped the leash on, he went wild. They handed the leash to hubby and suddenly we had a different dog. We went outside and went for a nice walk with him and Belle together and he was calm and good and we knew then he had to come home with us lol

He is absolutely hubby's dog. Beezer lives for Brian lol. He'll take me in a pinch but he really pines away for "daddy" lol. it was a long time though before he wasn't so anxious and worried about being shipped out again. We've had him for almost 6 years and he's FINALLY realized that he's with us for good and he's not going anywhere. Just over a year ago we had a friend dog sit while we were out of town and everytime he would dog sit he would tell us that Beezer would hole up somewhere and not come out. He would just pout the whole time until we came home. Like even after all these years he was convinced we were never coming back. He still doesn't like it when we go away on vacation but he's come to understand that when the dog sitter comes it's only temporary and he doesn't hide anymore. he's finally showing some confidence in his role in our family. If there was ever a reason that he couldn't stay with us anymore we would have to euthanize him. he could absolutely not handle another rehoming. it would destroy him.
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