Remember a Dog is for Life

Yes Summer can be a little terror especially at the
moment, she has chewed through her lead and harness, she will occasionally wee
in her bed (even though she is trained!) if she is not impressed with going
into her crate when I have to nip out and she will given half the chance
destroy ALL the boys soft toys.

Complaining about her lack of walk learn not to destroy your lead!!!

A photo posted by Karen (@missingsleep) on Apr 24, 2015 at 3:05am PDT

regardless she is very much loved and a key member of our little family. We would be lost without her, with that
endless wagging tail, those adoring eyes that close in contentment when you
give her fuss and her general energy and enthusiasm for life! We could not ask for a more loyal and loving

I love puppy cuddles! x A photo posted by Karen (@missingsleep) on Dec 20, 2014 at 11:09am PST

was sad to read some of the reasons dogs were given to the Dogs Trust,
obviously there will be rare occasions when dogs might need to be re-homed, the
owner might be in hospital or circumstances do sadly change. It does not always work out, but some of the
reasons were quite shocking to read:

looked different after we walked him in the rain”

wags his tail too much”

the puppy did was sleep. We wanted a
dog we could play with”

was too loving and needed too much attention”

too playful – we haven’t sat down since we got him”

kept coughing in the night and work me up”

it makes me want to tell these people to get a grip. I think “I’m worried our toddler will copy him and poo in the
garden!” has to be my favourite #epicfail, obviously the parents did not think
the fact they used a toilet might give the child a clear lead on
toileting! I have never once worried
the boys will follow suit, we had an older dog before Summer and my then
toddlers never felt compelled to go to toilet in the garden. The boys had friends who would wee in the
garden and those children had no dog in residence to blame, children can be
perfectly feral on their own it’s a bit mean to blame a dog…

Puppies can he a handful there
will be times you might be frustrated but all that training will pay off, it’s
a wonderful feeling when you finally toilet train your dog and as for all the
sleeping, I was exceptionally grateful when Summer had her nap (heaven help
anyone who tried to knock on the door or make a phone call in that previous
hour!), those sleepy days soon pass and she is up and active these days but
slightly less manic!

“My dog is old and going to die
soon” this one breaks my heart; surely at the end of its life your doggy
companion deserves to be with you. Yes
it can be expensive paying for vet treatment but your dog has earnt that
right. They have been by your side for
years it is sad to give up on them at the end, I wanted to be around our old
dog till the very last moment, it crushed me when she passed on, but she had a
long and full life surrounded by everyone who loved her.

Please hang in there through the
trickier times, with training you can pretty much correct anything and that
bond with your dog makes everything worthwhile! We will just be placing soft toys and leads out of reach.

I thought the dog was unusually quiet… Goodbye soft duck toy #dogsoninstagram x

A photo posted by Karen (@missingsleep) on Apr 22, 2015 at 1:35am PDT

One thought on “Remember a Dog is for Life

  1. Just found your blog through the Sweet Freedom website ! It's lovely! I can't believe some of those reasons for getting rid of a dog – we have a black mini schnauzer and she is a proper member of our family – when I get in from work she rushes to greet me and wants picking up for a cuddle and a hug – adorable xxx Your dog is gorgeous too x

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