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Old 04-29-2005, 03:50 PM
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a good friend of mine has 4 dogs and has just found out she is 5 months pregnant with twins!
however i think she has just realised that she wont be able to cope with 2 newborns and 4 dogs as well as it not being fair on the dogs who are used to her 100% attention. she thinks she should rehome 2 maybe 3 dogs but cant make the decission which ones, i mean imagine having to decide what dogs to keep or rehome.
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Old 04-29-2005, 03:56 PM
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That would be horrible to have to do. I could not do it. I mean, how do you decide which dogs to give up and which to keep? I know twins will be a LOT of work though. Are the dogs all older or are any of them puppies?
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Oh, that is just so sad. She sounds like a doglover, too. What is their breeds? That's just the kind of thing Rescue is set up for... to find GOOD homes and maybe she could still visit them once in awhile. What breeds? Mixes? Big? Little?
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Old 04-29-2005, 03:58 PM
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That would be like choosing certain children one over the other... can't imagine. How about giving up one of the twins and keeping the dogs? Don't hit me!
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Splitting up the dogs will cause them to grieve. It could even cause jealousy of the babies if she waits until close to the time for the babies to be born.

Straight up - I couldn't do it. The dogs would stay. Even if it half-killed me to do everything; besides, if they're adult dogs would it really be so impossible?
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Old 04-29-2005, 04:04 PM
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Splitting up the dogs will cause them to grieve. It could even cause jealousy of the babies if she waits until close to the time for the babies to be born.

Straight up - I couldn't do it. The dogs would stay. Even if it half-killed me to do everything; besides, if they're adult dogs would it really be so impossible?
I agreee! I'd suck up and do it! There's no way I could ever give one of my four legged "babies" up... they're family members, too.
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Old 04-29-2005, 04:09 PM
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So would I.
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Old 04-29-2005, 05:08 PM
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Me too, i'd keep them. Rehoming of dogs causes so many emotional problems that people just don't realize. I'd give it a try for a least a little while. Having 4 dogs is a big responsibility in itself, so I'm sure your friend is experienced with keeping everything balanced? Hey, after four, what's two more? lol
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Old 04-29-2005, 05:11 PM
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i felt the same as all of you, i still do, but her situation is different.
2 dogs are black labs, yoga is 3 years old, blaze is 2
she also has beccy a 1 year old caveliar ***** and sascha a very boisterous 6 month old border collie.
they all have great pedigrees etc and are house trained but at present require 3 walks a day and a lot of attention. sascha is undergoing a lot of training at the moment and she doesnt think its going to be fair on any of them to lose her attention and time. her husband works offshore and is away for 4 months at a time so she will be basically alone to cope
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Wow that would be a lot of work. I'd do what Renee said.

What about getting a dog walker or having a nice big fenced yard for them to play in? I don't walk my dogs everyday but I do go out and play ball with them at least once a day usually more.

Other than that my suggestion, and I hate to make it, would be to give up the two youngest (preferably to the same home) since they will probably be the most adaptable and the least accepted in the pack. Maybe. What a situation! I don't like this thread.
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