Such a difficult decision to make; no easy choices and no right answers. An 8 pound male puppy coming of age in a house with a three pound Chihuahua in heat
The alpha male in our home is Romeo. Tiny Chica is his emotional service puppy and the fight ran for months stretched from weeks on end…
It became the.Elephant in the room-every room.
I begged to have her spade. He would not hear of it- his poor little baby. I reminded him that Chachi would grow. He became Egyptian-and the waters of his denial ran deep. The friction of this dog fight shook the very walls of our little world.
This past week I scheduled the tiny, already now pregnant Chica for surgery.
I also posted a request to re-home Chachi in our neighborhood web log.
By the end of the day, on Friday, both occurred. As Chica softly moaned on the sofa, a lovely new angel rose up in our lives. “I never go to that group,” she said. She’d not had a dog in many years. The picture, below, she said, made her call.
Two very sleepless nights, Romeo lamented. The missing pup infiltrated his dreams. Tears wracked his aging body. Not to my credit, I seemed callous. It had all driven by him. His anxiety led me to contact the new momma owner to enquire about their bonding…was she as happy on Sunday as on Friday? I told her my alpha male had anxiety issues.
She just left our place, with Chachi, after spending over an hour here. He had been to Pet Smart and on several 30 minute runs. He has learned to sit on command. He was a calm pup truly enamored with his elevated status and his new mom.
Our lives were touched by this wild dog. He fed on the anxiety in our home . He is thriving in his new environment. He lives next door to a park.
I loved him dearly.
I loved him enough to let him go.
©Nancilynn Saylor 09 July 2017
6 thoughts on “Heartbreaker ”
Tough but right choice.
It was so difficult to see that was the decision that had to be made. Very heart heavy for me…
II love happy endings. You acted on your intuition, and it turned out well.
I do believe animals feel the stress around them.
Chachi will be a happier dog now, and hopefully that big elephant has also found another home.
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Can feel that tension … grief, too. Happy that it worked into a new human-dog pairing.
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Thank you, friend. Both of those males seemed at ease today. I felt peace.
Chachi was so calm. It made my heart happier to see him happy.