I am a bad dog owner.
I have considered the unthinkable.
I have thought of trying to rehome Rumpy.
I know. I just made everyone’s list of bad animal caretakers.
And you’re probably thinking things like, if she didn’t think she could take care of him his entire life, she never should have brought him into her home. She shouldn’t have so many animals anyway. What’s wrong with her? I’ve said the same things to myself time and time again.
Rumpy is not getting the enrichment a sled dog needs. He’s not expending nearly enough energy. And my time and money is going to care for DeDe. I do give up an hour of sleep to write a blog post each day.
I know there are those who think that dogs are like kids, and once you have them, they’re yours for life. But I’ve learned in my job that a parent can choose to let someone else care for their child, as long as that caretaker ensures the child’s needs are met, and that’s perfectly legal. Why would we expect more of an animal caretaker?
Instead of rehoming him, I’m looking to move to an area where there will be options for daycare and dog walkers. I’ll have a 45 minute commute to and from work each day, which will stink, but I know many people do that. And I will consider supplemental income opportunities to help offset the cost of daycare. Anybody want to buy a June Buggie T-shirt?
Many people find themselves in such predicament. People lose income sources, or homes, or the ability to care for themselves. Animals require care they are no longer able to provide. When life happens, decisions must be made on what to do for their beloved companion animals. Sometimes that best choice is not the option any of us would want.
So judge me if you will, and judge others who make decisions about animals that you don’t agree with. But for those of us who are faced with making decisions about the welfare of our companion animals as well as ourselves, I say don’t judge until you’ve been there.