|09-12-2013 05:37 AM|
|vprasad||In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semi human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog. ~Edward Hoagland|
|09-11-2013 11:57 PM|
|09-11-2013 11:14 PM|
|JackandMattie||Oops! I deleted this post. I accidentally quoted myself. Doh! That was awkward.|
|09-11-2013 11:13 PM|
It's just that, on a dog forum especially, I feel a responsibility to point out the best interest of the dog, and the reality is that the older it gets without adequate training, the slimmer its chances of a loving forever home
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|09-10-2013 10:41 PM|
the shepherd you are seeing beside her is in the future. she is here now.
i SO agree with whoever said you sometimes get what you need and not what you want.
if you acknowledge (as you have), your disappointment, embrace the idea of the shepherd you're seeing beside her as coming in the future, and dwell on all those positive things you've spoken about with regard to this dog, whose life you saved, you may find that your feelings change. it all depends on how you decide to think about it. feelings follow thoughts.
you could also just consider yourself her foster and in a responsible and careful way look for another home for her.
|09-10-2013 10:31 PM|
You love the dog, but you're a bit regretful because by taking this dog you don't get to have the GS you were saving for. Is this right?
If so, I understand why you're disappointed and hope things work out for you.
|09-10-2013 10:26 PM|
the OP should keep the dog untill she can decide whether or not
she wants the dog. how long is that, only the OP knows.
|09-10-2013 10:00 PM|
|AugustGSD||You really shouldn't force yourself to love a dog that you don't. I agree with others that you should rehome her if you don't want her. Keeping a dog just because you feel your stuck is not going to be beneficial to you or the dog. Either accept her for her or rehome her.|
|09-10-2013 09:30 PM|
I hope this isn't too redundant with other posts as I haven't read all of them...
Give the dog you have a chance - build a bond, engage in activities that are mutually enjoyable and before you know it you will be wondering what you ever did before having this dog in your life!
Some of the best pleasures in life are the ones that are unexpected!
If you go down the path of deciding that it is best to re-home a dog just because it doesn’t exactly match your going-in vision of a dog, you will likely miss out on really understanding any dog’s potential – purebred or not.
Focus on the dog you have and I guarantee you that what you get back will be more rewarding than anything you could have imagined beforehand!
|09-10-2013 08:46 PM|
If you are disappointed in your dog because of your expectations, maybe you should change your expectations.
When I adopted Ilka, I was hoping she would be a big dog (like 75 pounds big). She tops the scale at 49 pounds. Oh, well, she's incredibly athletic. She can run upwards of 40 MPH, turn on a dime and give nine cents change, and scale my 6' chain link fence with ease (okay, I'm not too happy with that last one, but hey, I deal with it).
I decided she would be my competition obedience dog. Well, first All American OTCH/UDX/RAE, she ain't. She's too reactive, and is retired from the ring with a BN, RE, and two legs of a CD. Okay, then.. she is fantastic at lure coursing, and the only reason she doesn't have her CAX is that I can't afford to run her very often. She also looks like she's going to be a good tracker (first All American CT, here we come).
She will never be the dog I wanted when I adopted her. So, I've adjusted my goals to take advantage of the dog she is, and not the dog I hoped she would be. I don't love because she is "perfect". I love her because she is.
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