Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Back Around Again

Annnnnddddd, the roller coaster climbs, climbs, climbs, aaaannnnnddddd dooooooooowwwwwwnnnnnn you go. I'm feeling as though my eyes are watering with the force of the ride. Today, I received another email from Ryder's family.

A few weeks ago, he'd contacted me letting me know they were going to sell the farm, and as such would be re-homing Ryder to allow him to live up to his potential and talent. I being the responsible breeder (or just anal retentive) told him I'd buy Ryder back. The next day the response was an unequivocal no. It seemed they just couldn't let the little fellow go - after all he was now part of their family.

And today, the email asked me when I'd be able to take him. I understand how heart wrenching it is to have to let go of a pet you've come to love. I respect the fact that there has been some thought put into this. That they genuinely want to do the right thing for the dog.

The hard thing for me is Ryder has been living in the house. Meaning he wouldn't be able to handle the often harsh weather we experience here. Meaning he would need to live in the house. I have no qualms about having a dog in the house. I have two living inside right now. My worry is about Tessa. And how she'll handle this.

I popped by the vet and got a higher dosage of her anxiety meds. I'll have a week or so before Ryder comes back. I'm really hoping to make this transition as nice as possible for everyone concerned. I don't want Ryder learning her bad habits (or quirks), especially the peeing. And I don't want her stressed unnecessarily because another dog is coming into "her" house.

She seems happier today. My goal is to keep her that way.


Rising Rainbow said...

Geez, for a minute there I thought you were getting the kind of response I got when trying to buy back a horse I bred. Glad that turned out not to be the case.

I hope the transition is smooth for both dogs.

The Canadian said...

He's coming back?? Man, we gotta find time to "catch up" I feel soooo unconnected!! You are sweet to take Ryder back. You are a great, responsible breeder, Andrea.