She’s lived with the grandparents before and we know they will absolutely spoil her. Plus being teachers she will only be left alone for 8-10 hours a day. They even put her in doggy day care. I’d love to do that here but even if I could get over the sticker shock of the cost it’s not financially responsible for us to spend that much money. And yet I don’t think it’s fair to lock a Jack Russell Terrier in a house all day. Perhaps if she were older she would handle it better but at two years she is still an energetic puppy.
It was hard to say goodbye to such a sweet face but we hope to get her back next summer. Once J. and I figure out how to switch gears career wise (he is waiting to hear back on a couple different options) I want to go back to school to get my masters. Hopefully by then we will even have a house with a yard.
In the meantime we are looking at fostering a shelter cat. I’ve always had pound puppies (J. purchased Emily before we started dating) and I would encourage anyone looking for a pet to check out your local shelter and rescue agencies. If you can’t adopt consider fostering. Animals can need fostering for a variety of reason but the shelter will usually continue to provide medical care. You provide shelter, food, and things like a litter box. In an exchange you get a lap warmer, door greeter, watch cat etc. I’d say it’s a pretty good trade off.