I got Rushie at ten weeks. I worked with him and trained him, took him to shows, took him to numerous training classes -- whenever one of my bitches went into heat, he finished their sets of classes. He was a registered therapy dog, and he had titles. I bred him one time when he was two and a half, but what he produced was not what I wanted to produce. I kept him and worked with him.
Then one day I was contacted by someone who wanted an older dog that he could take with him when he went to inspect nursing homes. And Rushie would have his own family to love, not just 1/10th of me.
I took him to the vet, did his vaccinations which were a little early, heartworm tested him, copied his binder with all his titles and awards, and sold him to the man. The first time he met him, he liked the guy and his friend. The second time, he lay his head right in the guy's lap.
I have no doubt in my mind I did the right thing for Rushie.
It is not a matter of dumping a dog that we raised and who bonded with us and who gave his loyalty to us. It is recognising that sometimes what is best for me, and for the dog, and for the other person is a change in ownership. That is not dumping, that is doing the right thing. Someone who cannot rehome a dog should never breed dogs.
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Last edited by selzer; 12-29-2012 at 06:24 PM.