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Old 11-29-2012, 12:56 AM
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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.
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This made me SO mad to read! I'm going to do the smart thing and practice HOKB (hands off keyboard) . That poor dog :-(
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I am burning here.. Please tell me you said something!
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Why don't they try to find him good home? I believe that those children deserve a home, but dumping this poor guy at the pound kinda defeats the purpose of doing something good for the children.

I doubt these are bad people, but so sadly some people were raised to think "it's just a dog." My parents took my very first dog to the pound when I was 2 because she jumped on me and knocked me down. I was 2 and i'll never forget how bad I felt when they took Kiki away from me. I didn't care that she knocked me down.

I hope that they rethink this and at least find someone who will love this guy.
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This is so sad, people just don't think. Surely if they were in the process of all that happening they could of at least found a friend or relative that could look after the dog instead of taking it to the pound, that would have been a better option if they had no other choice. I could never do that to my dogs...ever.
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This made me SO mad to read! I'm going to do the smart thing and practice HOKB (hands off keyboard) . That poor dog :-(
That poor dog. I have to wonder how they passed the home inspections. And now I will follow Bentleysmom's lead and remove my hands from the keyboard.
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maggiesmommy-have they already taken this dog to the shelter? Where are they located?

Here is the National GR Rescue listings, click on the state, a list of groups will come up with contact info.


National Rescue Committee of the Golden Retriever Club of America

They can contact the Group close to them and see if the GR Rescue can take their dog into their program.

A very sad situation.
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That infuriates me.

Did you say anything? At the very least they could have the dog euthanized in the arms of the ones that love him instead of the hands of strangers at the shelter. As a teen, I worked at a shelter and this happened a lot. A dog like that is not adoptable.


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Why not teach the kids how to deal with an old dog?
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Can you take him? This is heartbreaking.
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