|Barked: Wed Nov 23, '11 6:46pm PST |
|I've been registered here since 2007, this is Chico's owner and I'm 22.
I apologize if I've been making a lot of threads recently however, I do feel like I have to post this. I have to get this off my chest.
I've been with Chico since he was teething, which was around 2003. He was given to me as a gift by a family member that I don't see anymore. I was 13 at the time and didn't know a thing about dogs or how to raise them properly. He is well taken care of, always had his shots up to date, good food and clean water. But he was missing out on something big, something which I didn't realize until recently. He has been an inside dog for hist most life. Since he wasn't raised properly he has a tendency to run off when he's not on a leash.
There have been a few times where he ran away and didn't come back until the next day, and I didn't take him on walks because I was fearful of encountering bigger dogs, since there are a lot of big dogs in the neighborhood and they are often let loose to roam around. I didn't allow him to do what dogs like to do, and honestly I feel guilty for that. Keep in mind that he has never been mistreated in any way or form, never abused or anything like that. I love him and I always have.
He's about to be 10 sometime next year, and he has never had a chance to do anything. I guess I took him for granted all those years and thought he was going to be around forever. That's one of the bad things of receiving a dog when you're just a kid. I've grown up, I have a car and I've decided to take him to dog parks and on walks where it's safe. He's a small dog about 15lbs and still full of energy. I know that I haven't been the best owner for the past few years, but I plan to make the most out of the years we have ahead.
Sorry for the long read, but I had to get this off my chest since it's been bugging me for the past few weeks. I hope you all understand. I know it's difficult to try to socialize and older dog but I'm going to try.
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