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Old 06-28-2006, 10:15 AM
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Well we made a difficult decision but we believe it was the best for Zoe and us as well.

She is a beautifull girl but we felt increasingly that we couldnt give her the home she should have and that we were just not the right owners for this dog.. We wanted to make the decision before she was too old and would find it harder to be in another family.She is still very young nearly four months old.

We just were not up to the task of training such a large breed and doing a good job of it. I was doing a little better than hubby and it was so much harder on him. We are no spring chickens.

She has a home with a fantastic family

THey have a thirteen year old daughter who Zoe will belong to as a graduation gift. The girl was thrilled and Zoe went crazy over her.
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They already own a lab that is nine years old so they are well aware of lab behaviours and yes they did bring their lab with them to meet Zoe and they hit it off extremely well. Their dog is so sweet natured and friendly.

They are aware of her biting ,chewing and all of her habits etc and seem to know how to handle it even while they were here I could see how good they were with her including the daughter. They also told me that their dog would help her to learn good behaviours as well.


THey live on a farm with 50 acres that they told me Zoe will be able to run on with them on many outings.

I am soooooo happy for her but still sad for me as I miss her and cried like a baby the day we said good bye. I still cry and sometimes and wish I hadnt done it but in my heart I know it is right.

It was the hardest thing I have had to do in a very long time.

The new people told me that I am welcome to come out and see her anytime but I will wait on that as I want her to forget us totally and just become part of their family first.

Also I dont know if I could do it..

It sure is quiet around here
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Old 06-28-2006, 10:21 AM
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Im sorry things didnt work out for you and pup.
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Old 06-28-2006, 10:24 AM
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Awww I'm so sorry I'm sure she is happy though. Maybe you could just adopt an older dog? That way you won't have to deal with all the chewing/biting puppy issues (they made me crazy too).
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Old 06-28-2006, 11:19 AM
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Thanks for your kind thoughts

Yes in time maybe an older dog would be better for us but it would have to be a smaller breed as well. We are sure we could handle a much smaller breed puppy. Zoe being a lab was very strong and getting bigger and stronger every day.Just too much for us.We should have thought of all that in the first place.

Oh well hindsight is always 20/20



Zoe is in a very good home and another very good thing that came out of this is that my friend who was considering a Beagle pup is now rethinking that idea.

I got some info on her from this site about beagles and also her seeing how hard it is when you make a mistake and have to give them up has made her decide to study the many breeds further.

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Old 06-28-2006, 01:35 PM
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Our 2 year old had a difficult puppyhood. I have thought many times while getting him through that time that I will probably adopt older dogs from now on. I don't think I will be anxious to go through the puppy stage for a long time again.
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Old 06-28-2006, 02:25 PM
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I'm sorry it didn't work out for you and Zoe, but I'm glad she has found a wonderful new home. I agree that you should probably look into adopting an older dog. There are a ton of rescue organizations out there who need good people to adopt. Good luck!
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Old 06-29-2006, 12:37 PM
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Thanks cowgurl and mjb

Yes a very small pup or and older dog of a smaller breed would be best.

I will study the many breeds a lot harder this time around.

I dont mind just having a small mutt either. It doesnt have to be a purebred dog.
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Old 06-29-2006, 02:29 PM
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I think you made a very difficult, selfless and courageous decision. You did what was best for the puppy. It sounds like you found a marvelous home and I think she'll be very happy.

Maybe a smaller breed which is past puppyhood would be easier. I find that my toy breeds are definitely easier than the larger ones. There are, of course pros and cons to each.

Best luck to you.
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Old 06-29-2006, 04:49 PM
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I was surprised to find quite a few small dogs in the pound. They were adults, and I thought I needed a puppy because I was introducing it to 2 cats. At any rate, I will certainly look at the pound and at Petfinder for a small dog next time around, especially if I stick with my decision to get an adult.
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Old 06-30-2006, 08:12 AM
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Hi Doberluv and mjb


Doberluv thanks so much for what you said as it is very hard to give up a dog. I feel like a failure sometimes and that I gave up on her but I didnt want to wait till she was seven months old and already set in her ways with owners that didnt know how to train her the right way.

I am going to phone the new owners today to find out how she is as they told me to call anytime.

mjb thanks to you as well. Where we live there are nearly no small dogs in the shelters. All usually great big lab mixes and shephard mixes. When there is a small one it is usually spoken for really fast.

When I do get another dog I will go there again to look though and also in our buy trade and sell book that has numerous dogs available. I never thought of petfinder so I will look into that as well.

I guess I always wonder why so many people are getting homes for dogs that they say are so affectionate and trained and almost seem too good to be true.
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