What happened if you had a dog when you seperated?

(7 Posts)
Estimated201 Wed 08-Jun-16 12:36:58

I have a young lively high maintenance large dog which is 2 years old.

When we seperated I wasn't working so moved back to my parents and bought my dog with me. I have since got a job which is full time.

I worry that i won't be able to bring him with me when I get a place of my own as I won't have the time I had before for him

What happened to yours if you had dog(s)?

AprilSkies44 Wed 08-Jun-16 12:41:59

at first dh kept him then i took him when i was sorted. i work full time but shifts so he fits around them.

could you not get a dog walker to take him while youre at work?

mine is also 2 and a large breed. my landlady initially said no pets but relented.

one thing i was quite adamant about and i feel strongly about is that while i realise people circumstances change - a dog is a commitment much like children are - i dont believe you can just rehome them any more than you can other members of the family.

so i will always keep him. he has medical conditions and would be hard to rehome anyway. plus he loves me and i love him.

dp and i are in process of buying a house as im pregnant but he will come too, and i still take him to visit dh. dh kept our 2 cats, i took the pooch.

DoubleCarrick Wed 08-Jun-16 12:47:18

It was non-negotiable as far as I was concerned. As soon as we had the conversation about separating I said "I'm having the dog"

I get a dog walker in when needed but it worked ok at the time because I moved lodgers in so there were people around at all different times.

It also helped that I had a few dog loving friends who were happy to sit with him for a couple of hours if necessary

Estimated201 Wed 08-Jun-16 12:48:04

Thank you. That is very positive.

Unfortunately I cant do shifts, but I could get a dog walker.

I would be worried for him being on his own for any longer than an hour as he gets quite anxious and at the moment is being spoilt at my parents by never being on his own as there are other dogs and my parents dont work.

Estimated201 Wed 08-Jun-16 12:49:58

I am actually a bit worried that my parents wont want to give him up now

needresolution Fri 10-Jun-16 11:41:04

He was my dog to start with so I had him, I looked after his 2 cats for a while but got sick of the mess so gave those back to him when he got his house sorted.

Moanranger Wed 15-Jun-16 20:36:01

Estimated , I don't quite agree with April as I used to assess homes for rescue dogs, a number of which came from homes where circumstances changed ( such as needing to move abroad for work, illness & divorce.) All the breed societies have welfare arms that re-home dogs. And do a very good job of it.
I truly hope you can keep yours, but if the situation is untenable, then re-homing can be the best solution. I had to re-home one when I moved to a different country, and my current dog is a "rescue." Good luck! Divorce is tough for all, including pets

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