Missing my Boys...
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: CMB, NJ
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Do the right thing and rehome your dog.
I can say this because our Frankie (now at the bridge) was also 24/7 outdoors until we adopted him. He was 6 when he came into our home but the poor thing felt more comfortable outside. He was thunder-phobic to the extreme ( I have never had a dog so terrified) It took time and lots of patience, Love and always reassuring him that he was now with his forever family.
Oh and his former owners wife also didn't want Frankie in Her home only her small dog. He was fed, had water, but no kind of interaction with the family. No, What are you cooking Mom,(I will gladly be a taste tester) No where are we going today, No family gatherings, No, can I help you feel better today Mom, No lets just chill out on the sofa and watch some TV. NO, Christmas tree to sit and just stare at the lights! ( and eat some turkey )
His time outdoors for 6 years took a toll on him but after time he felt like a part of our family and sadly his time with us was not enough. We miss him every morning Thump, thump down the hall to wake us up and his Disney character. He never slept with us, he had hip problems and I am sure being outside for all those years didn't help his problem.
Please do it for Bentley, give him what he deserves, a Home with companionship, a soft bed ( be it his or his owners) and lots of love from all his family!
You are probably a good person but it will break Bentley's heart and well being not to be fully incorporated into your home.
I hope you read this and other post and really listen to the advice of many that so Love their Golden Retrievers.