|Barked: Mon Dec 24, '12 2:49pm PST |
|Thank you both for commenting. I did not consider the elderly dog thing, probably because in part, part of my fatigue I think comes from specializing in elderly and special needs animals. It breaks my heart when they pass, even though I know I've given them a good life, and I feel so overwhelmed with emotion I feel like I want to stop doing rescue (I of course come to my senses, but at first it is really difficult to manage).
But you do raise a good point. I think if I found the right senior dog, that did not come to me with a lot of behavioral issues, that might help too. And some behaviors are more stressful to me, naturally; things like counter surfing, rooting through the garbage, digging holes are not as stressful to me as behaviors like animal aggression or high prey drive, and regularly urinating/defecating inside, extreme leash pulling combined with reactivity. It's not that I am unwilling to work with these behaviors, it's just that I have been with every do that has lived with me/my family and it's gotten to really make me feel worn down.
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