Friday, December 5, 2008

Sad Day


For the last month or so we have been considering getting rid of our male chihuahua because he has been marking his territory. I thought I could work with him to get him to stop. Nothing seemed to work. I tried rubbing his nose in it ... spanking his bottom ... leaving him outside ... making for sure he was taken outside plenty ... crating him ... nothing seemed to work. Well, on Monday marking his territory got even worse ... he started marking all the female dogs. Ewww much!
So Wed. we started talking about how to go about finding him a new home. I can't just give him to anyone ... he's my baby & I've had him since he was 5 weeks old. Thursday morning a note came through the local free cycle asking for a small lap dog for a disabled man. I thought ... this could be a sign ... I'm a HUGE believer in God giving signs to us. Anyway, I wrote to the lady that we had a small dog but I was very honest that he does mark his territory. I didn't want her to get him then be surprised when he started peeing everywhere. I thought if I tell her the truth & she still wants him for her husband then it's just meant to be.
She didn't e-mail me back so I started thinking ok ... she wasn't interested. Well, about 7 last night the daughter called & said that they knew he marked and they still wanted him. Said it would bring her dad so much joy as he was unable to walk. He sits in a chair all day long ... we also learned that he is a Veitnam Vet. We met her last night & gave him away. The kids & I of course cried all night long & still are off & on today ... we miss him ... but we know he's in a better home. No other dogs so all the attention will go to him.
Anyway, I was trying to decide if it were appropriate to call/e-mail them asking how he's doing. I kept putting it off cause for one I didn't want to cry ... he was my baby! Anyway, hubby called & said the lady left a message asking what kind of food he ate ... I called and left a message then also e-mailed her to let her know more about his eating habits. I asked her to keep in touch. Thanks LilA friends for telling me it was totally acceptable to do this sort of thing. I'm hoping she will keep us updated ... maybe even pics of him now & then.
Tonight ... hopefully the town Christmas parade will put us in better spirits. Hope you all have a very blessed weekend.

13 comments:

Lisa said...

Awwww hon, that was a kind thing you did for that old man, but I am sad you are missing Harley, Big Hugs to you, Love Lisa

Hollie said...

Awwww, bless your heart! I don't see why the woman wouldn't stay in touch & send you pictures from time to time....

HUGS:)

Enjoy the parade...

Sugar said...

i too believe in "signs".
a disabled person needs a furr baby to keep them company. plus he may do lots better there re peeing in the house. i feel harley prob did it at your house because you have other doggies, he wanted to be alpha. plus when a female comes in heat, many times a male will mark everywhere if he can.
hopefully they will email you occ & let you know how he's doing.
God bless...

Missie said...

My Yorkie Oliver marks his territory a lot especially since we have a male cat. My male cat does the same thing because of Oliver. I will never again have a male animal!

Hope you all feel better soon about the decision you made.

Allison said...

You did the right thing if it is any consolation. It was becoming unbearable for you and that sign you spoke of, god does work in mysterious ways. I know it is hard to give up an animal but when you know it is bringing someone joy then what better Christmas gift could you have given the entire family, yours and theirs, by remembering, it is more blessed to give than receive. Keep in touch with them and hopefully the dog will be very happy in its new home. Have a happy weekend. Luv ya!

D said...

aww hon I believe in signs.. and do hope things work out as planned
hugs

Maria said...

Very sorry to hear that you had to give up one of your babies. But you did a good thing by giving him to a person that needs a "friend" in his life. Best wishes to all of you. Hugs, Maria

Chrissie said...

Sorry you had to give your baby away, but maybe it was meant to be. Hope they keep in touch with you.
Take care, Chrissie

Terri said...

Awww Emmi I know that had to be so hard on you...I hope they keep in touch...I'm sure Harley will bring such joy to that man...I too believe in signs.

Big Hugs!
Terri

Lori said...

I'm so sorry that you had to give him away, but it sounds like he is going to be very much loved. I hope they let you know how he's doing and keep in touch with him.

Chris/cacklinrosie101 said...

It's so hard to give our babies away even when we know we have to. I bet they will keep in touch with you. I think Harley and the guy will get along very well. He will be top dog there. I do believe in signs and being led. Hope you all feel a little better about it. HUGS

Teresa said...

oh my goodness Emmi, that was SO Hard I know! my heart breaks for you even though I know that you did it for the right reasons...I feel so sad for you. I really, TRULY hope that they keep in contact...and I don't think it's wrong at all to keep up with your baby. There are so many ways to do that and not let them think you are "checking up". I will keep the matter in my thoughts aka prayers* Blessings, Teresa

Lisa said...

Emmi, hope you are ok, I have been thinking about you all weekend, I love you Lisa