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January 3, 2009

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J. and I recently made the difficult decision to send our puppy, Emily, to live with her “grandparents.” Philly life has not suited her well. She’s had a couple bad allergic reactions to the changing seasons and has developed nervous licking (she licked to the point it scabbed in numerous places) when left alone for 12 hour stretches. Unfortunately with both us a working this was occurring about half the time. We tried topical creams and they did nothing and I’m not medicating my dog into lethargy just because it suits me better.



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.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. January 3, 2009 12:28 pm

    Cats really are the perfect pets. They need food and water and the occational lovin. We really love the ease of cat ownership. We left our cats for 3 weeks once at home alone, a friend checked on them every 3 days and filled their bowls (I think they secretly like being home alone, then they got to sleep in the bed all night long).

    We love our dog, but they are so much more work. We both work from home, so she gets tons of love and attention (although she does fine on the days we’re gone for 18 hours).

  2. January 3, 2009 3:34 pm

    Oh dear! It’s hard to loose someone, even if it is for a limited time. Good thing you could send her to a better home and have the option to bring her back when things are looking better for you guys. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for your plan to work out.

  3. becky permalink
    January 3, 2009 8:13 pm

    i better not find out you two are getting a “permanent” cat. i have two cats with attitudes that N. is responsible for picking out and they are headed your way in june if i find out you are doing more than just this “sheltering” business you speak of!!!!

  4. Da' Dad and Da' Mom permalink
    January 4, 2009 1:47 pm

    Just a quick “Emmy update” – she has settled in very nicely. She loves her radiant heater and cuddling on Da’Mom’s lap.
    She goes off to Doggies daycare tomorrow (weather permitting – meaning we go to work). The plan is 3 days per week depending on how she adjusts.
    You can see her at:
    Scroll to the web cam and select the Small Dog web cam.

  5. January 5, 2009 4:00 am

    What a cutie. How lucky that Emily has loving Grandparents.

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