I have a 5 yr old and a 3 yr old jack russell. They are very close we had him since she was 2. My problem is I am 7 months pregnant and feel I need to get rid of the dog before the baby comes. He is a really needy clingy dog, that sheds badly, won't stay off the furniture, and sometimes still goes in the house. I don't want that around my new baby let alone it will be too much work on me. He is so spoiled he wants to go for walks to go the bathroom he just cries when I tie him out. My problem is how can I break this to my daughter? Sometimes when I see them together I feel I can't do it at all. Does anyone have advice on how to get her to understand?Answer Question
I agree with preggoinmn, you took on this dog and it is a commitment. He isn't mean or a danger. You should keep him. You would also be setting a poor example for you daughter. I have 3 kids, 2 Great Danes, and a cat. I manage to keep the house very clean. Yes, the dogs do bring in their own brand of dirt, but we love them. You better think long and hard, and if you do get rid of that dog make sure it goes to a good home, and/or a no-kill shelter or rescue league. Then, don't ever take on a pet again.
Answer by Teachermom01 at 10:26 AM on Jun. 21, 2009
We transitioned my indoor/outdoor cat to just outdoor. Well, he actually did that more than we did. He could care less if he is in or out as long as he gets attention and is fed (his cat acts like a dog, I swear!). Would this work for you? You could even give your daughter the responsibility of feeding/ watering him. That's what I did when I was little. My two year old goes out with me every day to take care of the cat and we make sure to spend time out there so he gets attention.
Answer by ajguinn at 10:27 AM on Jun. 21, 2009
Answer by MythicMMM at 10:52 AM on Jun. 21, 2009
Answer by LauraMi261 at 10:54 AM on Jun. 21, 2009
Answer by Mama_Kimmy at 10:57 AM on Jun. 21, 2009
while I partially agree with the others.... I have to also disagree to a point. Yes, pets should be a long term commitment. BUT, if someone isn't able to take care of a pet properly, the responsible thing to do is to find the animal a new home.
As far as your daughter goes, you have several choices. (1) The dog ran away. (2) you keep the dog to spare her feelings. (3) you talk to her about the dog and possible find out that she is OK with the dog getting a new home. (4) you talk to her and find out that she will be devestated by getting rid of the dog.
It is hard to know which way to go with this.... but if you feel that someone else will take care of the dog better after you have your hands full with a brand new baby, then you should follow through on that. But as one PP said, please try to find a new home for it or take him to a "no kill" shelter.
Answer by VeronicaLee at 11:01 AM on Jun. 21, 2009
PS- I just went through this myself. I had no choice but to re-home our dog and cats. My kids were heartbroken, and they still talk about them sometimes. But, my kids are relatively OK. Sometimes you have to let go of people or pets (death, moving, ect) so learning to let go is sometimes a rite-of-passage. Hurts like heck... but loss is a part of life sometimes.
Answer by VeronicaLee at 11:05 AM on Jun. 21, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 11:12 AM on Jun. 21, 2009
Preggo.... bless your hormonal lil' heart. she didn't say it "comes" in the house.... she said it "goes" in the house.... as in, poops and pees in the house. Personally I wouldn't want feces on my nursery floor.
Maybe you can get a plane ticket and go rescue the dog yourself preggo.... then the dog can poop and shed all over your new babies stuff and every one will be happy.
Answer by VeronicaLee at 11:25 AM on Jun. 21, 2009
Answer by _Jynxx_ at 11:29 AM on Jun. 21, 2009