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When to say goodbye?

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Old July 12th 03, 09:30 AM
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We are fostering a rescue dog called Lucille - you can check her out he

We got her around the beginning of June. She did find a permanent home but
her new owners returned her after only three days because she was too rough
with their other dog.

Lucille does push my two cocker spaniels around and I know Elliot would vote
for her to leave. (He has a gash over one eye this week & last week she put
a tooth through his ear.) It starts out as a game & quickly escalates into a
minor scrap.

Now she is jumping over our 6" fences & running at people walking their dogs
on the vacant land behind our house. So far no real damage has been done but
it has the potential to be dangerous. We tried fixing the fence today by
putting a lip on it, but she can still get over. About the only choice I can
see is an electric fence, which is certainly not cheap.

The welfare organisation have said it is up to us to decide whether we want
to persevere with her or if she should be put down. They have nowhere else
to send her.

Lucille could have been a good dog, but no one spent the time with her. My
concern is that she will be too difficult to adopt out with her fence
jumping problems on top of everything else. (her last foster carer resorted
to keeping her on a chain because she was getting out of their 5" fences.)

Reading Chuck Petterson's post made me wonder if I was being too stubborn -
when is it time to say goodbye?

All comments appreciated.


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