I’m going to try to make this as short as possible. When I was 12…

I’m going to try to make this as short as possible. When I was 12 and living with my grandmother we got a new cocker spaniel puppy. He is now ten. I always took good care of him when I lived there. I left for college 12 hours away, and recently moved into a house (renting) 45 minutes away from my grandmother after I graduated. Well after a talk after seeing my baby in a kennel outside I discovered that while I was gone he was not cared for properly. They left him in a kennel outside, he wasn’t properly groomed (essentially they let him mat up and then took him to the vet to be completely shaved down), and with the exception of rabies, he isn’t up to date on shots. Long story short, while I was off at college my baby was banished to a kennel no matter what the weather. Now that I’m aware of this information I’m devastated. I’m renting and I cannot take him in, no matter how much I want to. I’m trying to take care of him as much as I can 45 minutes away. Tomorrow I’m taking him to be groomed and up to date on shots. Once that happens I’m planning on taking him once a week to doggie day camp at a local Petsmart. My family wants to take him to a shelter. I’m just seeking advice. Is what I plan on doing “enough” ( nothing will ever be enough in my eyes), should I be doing more, or is it in his best interest to send my baby to a no kill shelter like my family is suggesting?

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Jana Rade
5 years ago

I don’t know where you live but every time we moved we were able to find a place to rent which allowed dogs. My best advice is to look and find one where you and your dog can be there together.

Sandra Sellers
5 years ago

when I rented they always have options for pets. Sometimes you had to pay a deposit. I would look into that or like Krista suggested see if the landlord will let you home him temporarily while you look for a home. the longer you leave him in a bad situation the harder it will be to find him a new home because he won’t want to be around people. I understand if your at college you can’t really control what happens but now that you have the opportunity to do something I would say do not take him to a… Read more »

Laurie McDowell
5 years ago

Don’t go to Petsmart, they force the dogs to relieve themselves inside.  That is bad for any housebroken dog but especially bad for a dog that has been living outside.  As far as what to do long term, a breed rescue would be a good idea to look into.