A new home for Achilles

I feel awful.  I really do but I also think a new home is the best option for our high maintenance pup.  I knew he was a lot of work but didn’t realize how much until I had a baby.  It’s almost impossible to keep up with the two of them.  I am constantly cleaning messes either from the baby (which I don’t mind) or the dog (which really annoys me).  I usually have to keep them separate somehow which isn’t fair to either one.  Then there is the constant barking and misbehaving on Achilles part.  The days can get exhausting.

I think he is acting out because he is not getting the attention or exercise he wants and needs.  I don’t blame him but I just can’t possibly do it all.  I want him to find a good home where he can run and play, maybe a home with older kids who would play with him all day or a single person or a couple without kids who would take him on walks or runs or to the off leash park every day.  That’s what I imagine for Achilles.  I want him to have the best home a better home than I can provide right now. 

I talked about training him before but the truth is I had to be honest with myself.  I really don’t have or want to take the time to work with him everyday.  So we have him listed with the local Weimaraner Rescue and also craigslist.  I’m really hoping to find a home through the Rescue, they have quite a system including an application, a small fee and a signed contract that if the new adopters give him up he goes back to the rescue and NOT the shelter. 

I’ve received a few inquiries through craigslist but honestly I had to talk these people out of “adopting” him.  One family had a one year old.  Ok.  Um (like I said in my ad) he doesn’t do well with little kids.  But this dude was very persistent.  Finally, I had to tell him it won’t work.

The next woman was a single mom, over-weight (she told me this on the phone), works full time and lives in a condo.  Again, I can already see this won’t fit.  She saw Achilles as her protector being a single mom and all, I can understand wanting a big dog for protection.  But she had this idealized view of a weim. based on a visit with a friend who owned one. And a large dog in a condo?  Not such a good match.  She promised to exercise him every day but even two very active people can’t manage that. 

I feel like I am talking everyone out of “adopting” Achilles and I wonder is it because I can’t let him go or is it I really want to find the very best home for him?  I think it’s the latter although it won’t be easy to let him go, I still cry when I think about him leaving.  In the end, when we find that perfect home, I have to remind myself he will be so much happier and that’s what I truly want.

5 Responses to “A new home for Achilles”

  1. It’s amazing to me how you are going at this situation with such honesty and having a very interesting response. Best of luck, we lost our dog about 3 years ago and I just can’t bring myself to get another, with my girls being so young.

    Maybe in a few years.

  2. ggsmama Says:

    Exactly. I hope the right person shows up soon. On the other hand, maybe in a few months you’ll feel differently about keeping him and that’s okay too.

  3. I can only imagine how hard that decision must be. But good for you for looking out for his best interest. I hope you find him the best home ever!

  4. I went through the SAME thing with my two pugs. When Bear was about 5 months old, I had it. We called the Pug Rescue and they were found new homes immediately (by prior adopters). It felt terrible, it was an incredibly difficult decision, but in the end, the right one for both the dogs and our family.

    Someday, I’d love to have a dog back in the house. But, now, I’m a little wiser about what fits into our household and our lives, instead of going for an idealized version of a cute dog.

    If I were you, I’d stick with the rescue group — they will find the very best home for Achilles. Good luck.

  5. Yes, we went through the very same thing. We had a very high maintenance dog for 4 1/2 years that we got as a puppy from rescue. She had limitless energy. We ran her 5 miles a day and she was still going stir crazy. Add 2 young children and a New York City apartment and I was going insane.

    We spent a long time finding her the right home. It took many months. Go with your gut. You know when Achilles needs and you know when the fit isn’t right. You will find the right home and then it will still be hard to let him go… but you will know you are doing the right thing. Those 2 prospects don’t sound like a good fit.

    We did not have a lot of luck with Craig’s List… a lot of weird people for some reason. I finally put an add in some local papers in the suburbs and found the right person.

    Good luck. It is a very hard thing to do. I know it was the right decision for our family, although I still miss my dog sometimes.

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