|View Poll Results: Would you want your dog back/Give the adopted dog back?|
|I would want my dog back over 1 year/ I would return the dog over 1 year||24||68.57%|
|I would want my dog back less than 1 year/ I would return dog less than 1 year||1||2.86%|
|I would want my dog back but would not pursue legal action||1||2.86%|
|I would not want my dog back over 1 year/ I would not give the dog back over a year||0||0%|
|I would not want the dog back in less than 1 year/ I would not give the dog back in less than 1 year||0||0%|
|I would get another dog||0||0%|
|Voters: 35. You may not vote on this poll|
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I would of course put them in contact with his breeder.
BUT Merlin is a puppy. A young one at that. I love him dearly, but accept that if he was lost and then found by another family, raised, and grew up there.. that frankly, they would have more of an attachment than I would...they would've raised him.
If Merlin was lost as an adult, that's a different question all together.
For me the bonded thing isn't much of a factor. the dog is more used to them, and if they were lost by way of natural disaster, there is also an issue of you being associated with scary things. To me, a dog appearing more "bonded" to one person over another isn't necessarily indicative of love for that person...this dog has likely been fed, watered, loved by these people over time, of course there is an immediate knee jerk bond to what is more immediately familiar.
I of COURSE would expect a period of adjustment (whining, dog being upset, out of sorts etc.. at being brought home), especially if the search for the dog was very long (6 months +), I don't see this as more LOVE for the other family/loving me less but moreso just the animal trying to adapt the change.
Honestly, if anything, the families reaction to losing this dog would be more likely to sway me than the dogs reaction.
The age/time they spent with these people/their reaction to losing this dog would be more of an issue to me than anything else.
As well as of course condition/care of the dog.
And I don't mean "care" like "Oh they feed raw" I mean..is this dog part of the family? or "just a dog" to them?
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