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08-10-2014 10:57 PM
Muneraven I have failed every dog I have owned in some way.

I have missed signals from dogs that were so clear they might as well have typed out a message. I missed what they were trying to tell me because I am a self-absorbed idiot sometimes.

I've had to rehome two dogs in my lifetime . . .and I should have known better than to take them on in the first place at the time.

The worst: I left my dog with my Mom when I went to Alaska. Now my Mom loved him, and he loved her, and it was good that she had him all those years. But I really didn't understand how much he loved me or would miss me. When I came back years later he was partly blind and deaf and quite old. I came up to him and he cowered back a little, then he smelled me. And the sounds he made . . . he wept. That's the only way I can describe it. He screamed and moaned and yodeled and just did a dog version of hysterical weeping for joy. Just talking about it now is making me cry. You see, he missed me terribly all that time. I didn't understand how much he loved me. I just didn't get it. I loved him, but to him I was the the center of his existence and I left. He deserved better. He was with me during some of the hardest times of my life and I paid him back poorly.

But I sometimes think this is always the case. They give us complete devotion and we give them back . . .some devotion. They are superior to us in how they love, I think. We can only aspire to be more like them.

The most amazing thing is that I truly believe with all my heart that not one dog I ever owned thought I failed him or her. They don't forgive you, they don't even accept the concept that you could wrong them. They just love you. It's amazing.
08-10-2014 08:40 PM
Maxil I failed my old GS lexy and I regret it till now, the poor thing had parvo and the day she died I wasn't beside her to make her feel comfy I really failed her and failed her hard , I cry everytime I remember how I failed her and try to imagine how hard was ut for her looking for me and I wasn't around with her
08-10-2014 08:34 PM
GSD Owner in Training :-) I feel as though i have failed my GSD in the training aspect. And although he is 18 months we are working on it now. I know it's going to be a long road a head of us and he and I are not perfect but we take it one day at a time and see what works best for us.
08-03-2014 06:41 PM
VTGirlT I feel like i am failing her a lot of the time.. But i am more afraid of totally failing her!
08-03-2014 06:15 PM
MichaelE Lisl is not a 'social butterfly'. She is from K9 bred stock and most of her siblings past, present, and future are, and were for police departments, and other law enforcement organizations or border patrol for the Canadians.

She would probably not be as dog reactive as she is had it not been for several incidences she experienced as a very young pup while out for walks in the neighborhood.

On the plus side of those experiences, she is very capable of defending herself and warding off other dogs that are sometimes loose in my neighborhood.

She doesn't like many people either, doesn't like to be stared at and will let you know it, and is difficult to pet even by those family members who know her best.

She would rather sit at my side or in my lap that be socialable.

She is a dog with traits that have to be managed because I cannot train them out of her. It's genetic, and that's really how I want her to be or I would not have bought a prospective K9 dog.

She is also extremely intelligent, eager to please, and a one-person dog. I wouldn't trade her for all the money in the world.
08-03-2014 05:46 PM
marbury Yep. Every time I have to work late or am sick in bed or whatever I feel like I didn't earn my gold star for the day for doing right by my dogs. But it's not really failure, they live in the moment. The next day when we do get to go hiking or play fetch or run beside the bike they have no recollection that the day before they were stuck on the couch all afternoon.
08-02-2014 03:06 AM
GSTrainingAcademy Definitely, felt like I let down my family dog as she was not trained properly. That's the reason why I started my GS training blog. While acting as a journal for myself, I hope it can help other dog owners too...
07-03-2014 03:56 AM
Ellimaybel Beautiful boy! He will greet you in heaven one day. They never forget their persons
07-03-2014 03:50 AM
Declan
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That made me cry a little. I'm sorry you had to go through this. I believe your dog always knew how much you loved him.
Thanks Ellimaybel. I hope so. He was - and is, I'm sure - an angel.

07-03-2014 03:42 AM
Ellimaybel
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We adopted a young wolf/GSD mix a couple of years ago - a wonderful soul through and through. He had some behavioural issues, but nothing unusual for a GSD combined with extra intensity from his wolf heritage. To make a long story short, our cat fell ill and we had to keep them separated at all times because he was a hyper pup and lived for harassing the cat. We decided to rehome him so he wouldn't be restricted to just one part of the house, often away from us because our cat was under constant watch. It wasn't fair. His new home was excellent, but he started having some issues with disorientation and hallucinations. He became so sick so rapidly that he had to be euthanized. I still feel horrible that he wasn't with us when he started going downhill. We didn't have him long, but we still had a strong bond.

I know we made the right decision to rehome him, but I will always beat myself up about it.
That made me cry a little. I'm sorry you had to go through this. I believe your dog always knew how much you loved him.
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