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20 year old dog?? What are these people thinking???

post #1 of 22
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On craigslist...
im looking for someone that will take my 20 year old dog will give you a cage and dog box to put him in and will pay for the dog food and must allow us to come see him, i need to find him a home if not we will have to put him to sleep and i really dont want that someone plz help me with this i have had him since i was a lil girl.
post #2 of 22
wow, 20 years old!? Why on earth, if a dog lived this long, would someone decide to give him up!? The heartbreak will probably kill him.....
post #3 of 22
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she said she has been crying and upset to have to do it, but she is moving to a place that doesn't allow animals...
post #4 of 22
Sad to say, it might be better for the dog to be put down than to be rehomed at this point.
post #5 of 22
Poor thing...

I just wish more places allowed animals--at the very least, with deposit to cover any damages.

A 20 year old dog is not going to chew anything up or be trouble at all--he is just going to sleep a lot of the time, and trot around on slow walks with his owner... That is about the least destructive pet you could possibly have in any place, except maybe for an old cat.

It really is sad.
post #6 of 22
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On craigslist...
im looking for someone that will take my 20 year old dog will give you a cage and dog box to put him in and will pay for the dog food and must allow us to come see him, i need to find him a home if not we will have to put him to sleep and i really dont want that someone plz help me with this i have had him since i was a lil girl.
if she's from the cleveland area, she should see if the sanctuary for senior dogs has any openings http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/OH103.html
post #7 of 22
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Sad to say, it might be better for the dog to be put down than to be rehomed at this point.
That's what I thought. Really...the heartbreak of loosing his family will kill him...
post #8 of 22
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No she is from Marietta, which I believe is way south. But I sent her the link anyways.
post #9 of 22
I'd write to her and tell her to put the dog down. It would be much sadder to have the dog die from a broken heart, at least by having him PTS he will enjoy his last moments with the person he has known and adored all his life.

This seems kind of irresponsible, I would never leave my 20 year old dog in another home, just to move into a non pet home, i'd much rather live on the street with him until his death.
post #10 of 22
I agree 100% Julie.
Although I'm not a dog person ( I don't dislike them, I'm just scared of them ) ...maybe because a German Shepard tried to have me for lunch when I was in Kindergarten....I would NEVER do that to any animal.
Like you I would live in the park in a tent before I would go anywhere that my furbabies weren't welcome.
post #11 of 22
I agree. Thats just not right. I would figure something out before I sent my furkid off to live somewhere different, with different people, surroundings, etc. This dog has got to have sight problems. The whole change would be far too much for a dog this age. How unfair.
post #12 of 22
I also wonder where are people's families? In my first marriage, dh was military, and we did end up with a no pet apartment for about a year. My parents kept our dog for us. As soon as we were able to get her back, we did. Because she knew my family, she was just fine with them.

By the way, we adopted her at a shelter. Her owner was turning in her dogs because they were retiring, and needed to be able to travel. Sheba was over 6 years old, so by that shelters rules, she was to be put down. We took her instead, and she was one of the best dogs I have ever had. I had a lot of lonely times as a Navy wife, and Sheba was there beside me all the way.
post #13 of 22
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I also wonder where are people's families?

By the way, we adopted her at a shelter. Her owner was turning in her dogs because they were retiring, and needed to be able to travel.
Sometimes people just don't have families to turn to for any kind of support. Me & DH are in this position.

I'm apalled at the retiring owner! OMG, you're supposed to look forward to spending more time with your dog!! We've lost 2 clients this year because they retired.

In the case of the 20 year old dog, I agree that it's probably better off being put to sleep.
I can't fathom owning a pet for that long and then abandoning it. It just wouldn't be an option.
post #14 of 22
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I'd write to her and tell her to put the dog down. It would be much sadder to have the dog die from a broken heart, at least by having him PTS he will enjoy his last moments with the person he has known and adored all his life.
I tried to, I told her I saw her post and wanted to help. In just a few quick sentences I explained that the best thing to do might be to put the dog down because it would be too traumatic to try to rehome such an old dog. I gave her my number and said please elt me know what I can do to help. I also sent the link to the Senior Dog Rescue in Ohio and she sent a very nasty reply back that if I can't take the dog then butt out basically. She said by telling her to put the dog down I made her feel like *beep* and she had been crying non stop about it since she found out she can't have pets.

I was like, ooookaaaayyyy... so much for trying to help... I didn't send anymore emails, I just hope she looked into that senior dog rescue.
post #15 of 22
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I tried to, I told her I saw her post and wanted to help. In just a few quick sentences I explained that the best thing to do might be to put the dog down because it would be too traumatic to try to rehome such an old dog. I gave her my number and said please elt me know what I can do to help. I also sent the link to the Senior Dog Rescue in Ohio and she sent a very nasty reply back that if I can't take the dog then butt out basically. She said by telling her to put the dog down I made her feel like *beep* and she had been crying non stop about it since she found out she can't have pets.

I was like, ooookaaaayyyy... so much for trying to help... I didn't send anymore emails, I just hope she looked into that senior dog rescue.
Well, you did the right thing by speaking up. You made her feel bad...what a joke.

I was very young when I got Sheba, and was more focused on the great luck that we got a wonderful dog when we couldn't afford to pay the adoption fees at the shelter. But looking back...the fact that the original owner was hugging her and crying showed that she was going to leave Sheba to be euthanized, rather than have her be a problem when they wanted to travel. (Hello, ever heard of a dog sitter?)

And I'm sure there are people without families to help out. I've been very blessed to have a pet supportive family, even if they all live in different states! I cannot imagine trying to rehome an elderly pet to strangers. Poor old dog...
post #16 of 22
I wish there was a way that i could help this poor pooch!! I am only about an hour away! ...but I already have a 17 year old chi- mix that isn't doing too well....

I think the big thing with her is probably, she doesn't want to see her die! and she is sick of the "messes" i see a LOT of animals given up for them!
post #17 of 22
Let him go, it will make your heart hurt, but he will struggle in a new home as would the owners. Be with him, he knows you love him. It is the greatest kindness. You will always have the most wonderful memories. I can't find a smilie for sad but happy, your heart will find one.
post #18 of 22
20 y/o?? Can dogs REALLY live that long?? I agree that the heartache would probly kill him. Poor poor dog.
post #19 of 22
Yep, they sure can live that long...even longer.
My BIL had a dog, a Wire Haired Fox Terrier, and he was almost 22 years old when he died.
That dog was never sick a day in it's life poor old man just died of old age.
post #20 of 22
that makes me so mad! wth is wrong with people these days?!! that poor dog! why can't people get animals are not disposable?!
post #21 of 22
Craigslist in my city is FULL of ads by people who 'can't take a pet with them' when they move and put little Fluffy/Woofy/Felix/Lassie up for a 'good home'--sometimes 'free to good home.'

There are apartments that take pets; there are foster homes who will take the pet til you get settled; and it just takes a little more effort to move yourself with the pet.

Our Craigslist had an ad for an 18 year old dog that its 'owners' put up for 'adoption' when they moved house. I recommended that the dog be put down and I was called the heartless one!

I also posted a note on Craigslist about the irresponsibility of these people and it was taken down. I don't like Craigslist.
post #22 of 22
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I get taken down for discussion posts quite often. One time I was mad because someone posted a scam to adopt a purebred Chihuahua with a $200 donation to an orphange in Malaysia or something like that. Well a couple days later was the same post but for French Bulldogs or something. There were 2 posts from others warning about this scam for the French Bulldogs, but I posted that the Chihuahua one was a scam too and MY post and mine only was flagged, not even the actual scam post was removed until 4 days later. Go figure. I know you aren't allowed to post discussions, but when it is a clear warning about another post currently active then why the heck not? I admit I have flagged people who post something like "purebred ____ free to good home, not speutered yet, will make good breeder!"
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