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I have these friends that I have known for 14 years. We have kind of lost touch except for facebook. They have always been kind of selfish people. I was with them when they got their golden retriever/cocker spaniel mix 12 years ago. He was supposed to be a companion to their lab mix. The golden mix has always been slightly snappy, but it was never anything dangerous, just kind of a "leave him be and he will be ok" situation. Otherwise, he has always been a sweet dog. A few months ago, they announced on facebook that they were adopting two children. When I saw this, I mentioned to my husband that adopting kids probably wasn't wise because of this dog. Tonight, on facebook, I see an announcement that, after 12 years, they were taking their 13 year old golden mix to the pound because "he's not good with kids." I am so sad. It would be different if they found themselves with a baby and were raising it, but they went through a lengthy adoption process filled with home inspections, etc. And, this dog is 13, he doesn't have a very long time left...I don't understand why they couldn't wait until he passed away before adopting kids, but, now this poor dog is going back to the shelter at 13 years old, being separated from his companion of 12 years and the only home he has ever know to probably be put down because of his age. Its not like its a surprise to anyone that this dog isn't good with kids. It just feels like they have moved on to the next plaything, tossing this dog aside now that they are bored with him. I wonder what happens when these kids are no longer fun.