|Barked: Fri Jun 15, '12 9:01am PST |
Back in March, I sadly had to have my little sweetheart, Thas, put to sleep. She was on the other end of an attack for once. After all the hard work we put forward, our sweet little girls' life was cut short anyway, through no fault of her own. I find comfort in the fact that she could be a normal dog for her last few months, and even made friends with dogs she'd "hated" in the past.
Both Hubby and me agreed we wanted another dog ASAP. We quickly decided on a Rottweiler, for many reasons. It became apparent that there's a problem. Hubby wants to get a dog through rescue, and I want a puppy from a breeder.
He keeps talking about how, if we rescue a dog, we'll be giving a dog the chance at a good life. I reason that all dogs ned a home, whether they're from breeders or rescues. Hubby says we're the perfect people to get a rescue dog, because we managed to do more than just deal with an extremely aggressive, partically blind rescue - we actually gave her a good life. I throw back that we could do so much more with a dog we have from puppyhood.
It's just going round in circles. I hate the idea of rescuing another dog, because we might end up with another Thas. We loved, and continue to love, her with all our heart, but she wasn't the dog I'd wanted, and the stress of her behaviour issues was terrible. Our lives were horrible for years. When I explain that, hubby just says that in the end, Thas WAS the dog we'd always wanted (he's always careful to add "and that's because of us").
The house feels so empty without a dog, and I'm yearning to hear four paws running across the wood flooring again, but until we can decide where the dog is going to come from, how's that sound gonna happen?!
I can't even think of a way to compromise.
I know it's a pretty out-there question, but come on. Rescue or Breeder?!
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