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An Update

I finally managed to connect with Lochlann's breeder. Unfortunately, for reasons not disclosed, she said she is unable to take him back and she gave me the go-ahead to rehome him myself.

I let her know that I had already been in contact with Golden Rescue and she said that she's happy to know that he'd be going there as she is familiar with the great work they do for the breed.

I texted my mom (who is out of the country at the mo') to let her know that I need to speak with her and made a plan to call her this morning (it's my day off this week) so I figured it would a good day to talk to her about signing Lochlann over to rescue.

Yesterday, I got an email from Lochlann's breeder. She has connected with a middle-aged couple who recently lost their 13 year old Golden who are looking for a dog. She gave me their email address and I wrote them.

I was very explicit about Lochlann's needs and his life so far. The response I got back was very promising. Without prompting (I didn't let this couple know the kind of home I really want for Lochlann), the couple outlined for me the kind of life they can offer Lochlann. It sounds like heaven and exactly the kind of place Lochlann needs to go live.

I spoke with my mom this morning. She is okay with me meeting this couple (I'm not going to just say I'm giving Lochlann over to people that I haven't met!), but wants to speak to her husband first. Apparently, she didn't even tell him that she asked me to find Lochlann a new home. (On a side note, I really don't know what difference this will make, as my mom's husband hates dogs to begin with and would only be concerned about "losing out" on the money they purchased Lochlann for....but I digress).

So now, I'm waiting for a call back from my mom. Once I get the 100% green light, I'll be calling this couple to arrange a meet & greet with Lochlann. If all goes well, Lochlann has a new forever home. If I have any red-flags about the couple, Lochlann will be going to rescue.

Either way, Lochlann's life is about to have some major changes that will end up benefitting him in the end!

I'd like to just take a moment and thank you all for your wonderfully refreshing support of this little journey I've been on with my mother's Golden. Your words of encouragement to find Lochlann a new life has truly helped me get through this emotionally draining adventure. Thank you!

I will give a final update once everything has settled, just to put a close on this little chapter of what will hopefully be a happy ending to Lochlann's story.
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Sounds good-please keep us updated and DON't forget to check their vet references!

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Keeping fingers crossed that Lochlann has found his forever home!

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We have a green light!

I spoke with the lady who is interested in adopting Lochlann today on the phone for about 20 minutes. No red flags so far!

We have plans to meet tomorrow and as long as Lochlann doesn't absolutely hate them, and I get a general good vibe from them, Lochlann will be staying with them!

Karen, thank you for the suggestion of vet references. I've just obtained the info and will be making a phone call!
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What great news! Hope the meeting goes well! Can't wait to hear about it.

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That's great! Nice work on your part. Hopefully this all works out and everybody is happy especially Lochlann.

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Final Update

Lochlann is in his new home!!

After speaking with the family's vet (like Karen519 suggested!) and recieved a glowing review from them, I called them Thursday after work to arrange a time and place to meet.

The lady invited me to their house (which was a sense of relief, as I really did want to see the kind of home I'd potentially be leaving Lochlann in.

When I got there, Lochlann and I were warmly greeted into their home. It was clean and well kept. The couple were super nice and both of them were on the floor in seconds loving on Lochlann. They live across the street from Lake Ontario, which is perfect as my mom lives right on the water, and Lochlann is used to swimming every day!

I had an immediate sense of relief!

I stayed for a bit, chit-chatting with them about Lochlann (including all his issues - I'm all about full disclosure!) and their recently deceased Golden. Eventually, I asked what their thoughts were about Lochlann and if they were interested in adding him to their family.

The lady began to sob!

I went back to the car and retrieved (pun intended) Lochlann's vet papers, the rest of the food I had for him and his beloved Kong!

It took me another 45 minutes to say goodbye!!

Leaving Lochlann with his new family was probably one of the weirdest experiences I've ever had. I know that rehoming him is in his best interest, but I'm truly going to miss the guy!

All in all, the whole experience has been exhausting and slightly emotional, but I'd do it again in a heart beat if it meant a misunderstood dog being given a chance at a great life!

I'd just like to take another moment to thank all you wonderful people for your heartfelt concern for Lochlann. Knowing I had a bunch of strangers standing behind me and the decisions I was making on behalf of Lochlann gave me an unbelievable amount of strength to follow through on the RIGHT decision, and not back down to the EASY decision!

Thank you, and bless you all!
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Bless you for being such a loving, caring advocate for Lochlann! So happy for all involved!
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Lochlann is in his new home!!

After speaking with the family's vet (like Karen519 suggested!) and recieved a glowing review from them, I called them Thursday after work to arrange a time and place to meet.

The lady invited me to their house (which was a sense of relief, as I really did want to see the kind of home I'd potentially be leaving Lochlann in.

When I got there, Lochlann and I were warmly greeted into their home. It was clean and well kept. The couple were super nice and both of them were on the floor in seconds loving on Lochlann. They live across the street from Lake Ontario, which is perfect as my mom lives right on the water, and Lochlann is used to swimming every day!

I had an immediate sense of relief!

I stayed for a bit, chit-chatting with them about Lochlann (including all his issues - I'm all about full disclosure!) and their recently deceased Golden. Eventually, I asked what their thoughts were about Lochlann and if they were interested in adding him to their family.

The lady began to sob!

I went back to the car and retrieved (pun intended) Lochlann's vet papers, the rest of the food I had for him and his beloved Kong!

It took me another 45 minutes to say goodbye!!

Leaving Lochlann with his new family was probably one of the weirdest experiences I've ever had. I know that rehoming him is in his best interest, but I'm truly going to miss the guy!

All in all, the whole experience has been exhausting and slightly emotional, but I'd do it again in a heart beat if it meant a misunderstood dog being given a chance at a great life!

I'd just like to take another moment to thank all you wonderful people for your heartfelt concern for Lochlann. Knowing I had a bunch of strangers standing behind me and the decisions I was making on behalf of Lochlann gave me an unbelievable amount of strength to follow through on the RIGHT decision, and not back down to the EASY decision!

Thank you, and bless you all!
Matty: I'm smiling ear-to-ear for Lochlann and his parents!
You did the right thing for Lochlann and I'm so glad you checked their vet references. These people sound WONDERFUL and I'm sure they will LOVE LOCHLANN! You are to be commended for putting Lochlann's welfare first! We are all here for one another!!

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