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post #31 of 68 (permalink) Old 07-22-2013, 11:14 AM
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No, I think this is legit.
This breeder used to be in California, now she says she is in MA. She had this dog and three breeding bitches.

We do not know the circumstances.

Do you guys seriously think this dog could not adapt?
Would he not get along with, say, a one and a half year old intact male?
imho, in the right home he may adapt and adapt well. this is a far better option than being pts as some one suggested.
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imho, in the right home he may adapt and adapt well. this is a far better option than being pts as some one suggested.
Why? At 13 he probably hurts, (sore joints etc.) stressing him with a new family at this point, making him grieve or feel abandoned IDK I think I agree with the poster who suggested putting him down. Its might be kinder for him.

I would never let my 11 year old go much less a 13 year old, but if for some reason (like I was incredibly ill and couldn't take care of him then for his sake unless my family who he grew up with could care for him I'd have him PTS)
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imho, in the right home he may adapt and adapt well. this is a far better option than being pts as some one suggested.
Perhaps, especially if the owner carefully selects the home.

However if the owner is just planning on handing the leash over to the first person that responds it may be the kinder option.

13 year old dogs needing a new home just breaks my heart.

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However if the owner is just planning on handing the leash over to the first person that responds it may be the kinder option.

13 year old dogs needing a new home just breaks my heart.
And yes, the new adopter would have to use a leash as this old dog would never walk away freely.
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Perhaps, especially if the owner carefully selects the home.

However if the owner is just planning on handing the leash over to the first person that responds it may be the kinder option.

13 year old dogs needing a new home just breaks my heart.
sounds like the op is looking for a specific type home to me.
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Why? At 13 he probably hurts, (sore joints etc.) stressing him with a new family at this point, making him grieve or feel abandoned IDK I think I agree with the poster who suggested putting him down. Its might be kinder for him.

I would never let my 11 year old go much less a 13 year old, but if for some reason (like I was incredibly ill and couldn't take care of him then for his sake unless my family who he grew up with could care for him I'd have him PTS)
difference of opinion i guess. imho, you don't get to second guess being pts. we don't know if dog is in pain or in pain that can be managed. if op, checks references, and finds the type of home she is looking for, why not try rehoming. being pts remains an option.

ps.....take a trip to florida and some and visit some retirement communities and see some of the dogs that have been rescued and rehomed. some are pretty old and do well.
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Why? At 13 he probably hurts, (sore joints etc.) stressing him with a new family at this point, making him grieve or feel abandoned IDK I think I agree with the poster who suggested putting him down. Its might be kinder for him.

I would never let my 11 year old go much less a 13 year old, but if for some reason (like I was incredibly ill and couldn't take care of him then for his sake unless my family who he grew up with could care for him I'd have him PTS)
Of my last 2 dogs, my lab would have trouble readjusting, but my malamute loved all kinds of people and could easily adapt, even in his old age, he lived to be 14.5 years. He had never met my sister, but when she moved near by and offered to watch him for us while we were up in BC, there were no problems at all, he acted as though he belonged there, so it entirely depends on the dog.
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I knew a littermate to this dog...used to train with him...the photo on the database for the littermate is one I took....and friends have grandprogeny of his.....I don't know what happened to him or if he is still alive either....

I hope the dog gets someone who will care for him.....I keep thinking of John and Schoep....how some people will do anything to care for a pet who has not made them a penny....and how some will just move one to another easily enough...

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imho, in the right home he may adapt and adapt well. this is a far better option than being pts as some one suggested.
emphasize on "right home".

It's hard enough to find the right home for a young dog... trying to find a home for a 13yo dog is basically impossible unless you get that one person.

Personally, at this point in life, I would euthanize and do the last walk with him. It's something we all owe our dogs, especially after 13 years.
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Lee, I actually thought about John and Schoep when reading this post.

Senior dogs really rip at my heart strings.

It will be interesting to see if the OP comes back to see the thread. They have not been back since posting. None of the comments have even been read.

This boy does not move like he use to, but he's present in spirit and deserves a loving home to live out his last days. Laying on the porch in the sun whatever.

I find the post very sad and totally read between the lines. Hope I'm wrong.
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