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Lots of dogs on that farm.
By: Cranky on December 2, 2013
You know you did the right thing for you and for freedom. So many times people don't and end up being miserable with their selection and so is the pet. I've worked with rescue dogs for a long time and I think it is brave of people to try but it is kind of people to know when they can't. Not all rescue folks feel that way. I bet Freedom was a great farm dog, his breed surely is not a good condo breed. Loved your story.
By: Oma Linda on December 2, 2013
Hooray, a happy ending! I think my old dog Homer must have been part Australian shepherd; he could run and run and dig and dig.
By: PT Dilloway on December 2, 2013
This is your best, Charles. I've had a herding dog, and concluded that it's asinine for people to own a dog that's bred to run 50 miles a day and expect it to be happy living a relatively sedentary. I got bad shoulders (resulting in three surgeries so far and a life in pain) from trying to give my blue heeler enough exercise by throwing a tennis ball many hundreds of times a week with a throwing stick, and she still wanted more. Having a herding dog is, for most people, like giving an old person a Ferrari. As for no-kill shelters, what do you think they do with dogs they can't adopt out? They send them to kill shelters. What else can they do with limited resources?
By: Snowbrush on December 2, 2013
Sorry, dude, I actually do know your name, but you know something of my condition this morning, so I know you'll understand. I hurt so much that it's all I can do sit in this chair, yet I would be equally miserable out of it.
By: Snowbrush on December 2, 2013
Face it, you have a conscious and a big heart. But your dog-shopping skills need to be overhauled.
By: Daniel LaFrance on December 2, 2013
glad he found the right place for him - he was lucky.
By: TexWisGirl on December 2, 2013
That trip taking him back to the shelter had to suck. I totally know how you felt though. You did the right thing. I don't think I'll ever own a dog again. Too painful.
By: Bouncin Barb on December 2, 2013
There's no way i could keep a dog happy -- that's why i have cats.
By: mimi on December 2, 2013
You did the right thing, my friend. A herder doesn't belong in a small apartment!!
By: fishducky on December 2, 2013
A nice ending. That baby needed to run freely on acres of land. You both got some freedom. xoRobyn
By: Robyn Engel on December 2, 2013
Hard choice taking Freedom back, but you made the right call. Two weeks ago we "adopted" an older cat and was warned he might not work out. We loved Cheddar and he was very mellow when we held him, which was rare. He was a "scaredy cat" and hide. We found him one evening up in the engine. He wouldn't eat and he was not adapting and sadly we had to return him. We should have listened to the warning, but he was a beautiful cat.
By: Tom Cochrun on December 2, 2013
Stephen- several years ago my sweetie wanted a standard poodle-was always admiring them and saying how smart they were etc...so consequently a few months later a man needed to find homes for his many standard poodles because of his serious illness. Red was 7 years old and was living in a foster home. We went and visited and made the decision to take him home with us. First off we had to have him neutered, teeth cleaned, groomed and nails trimmed as he had not been really cared for very well for some time. So after we had him for about a week he went to the vet and the groomer. BUT I was still working and my sweetie was NOT the alpha in this dog-human relationship. I was and I wasn't home all the time. So Red with his no boundaries behavior was into counter surfing and barking a lot when I wasn't home. The final straw was when he ate all his meds from his surgery. My sweetie was beside himself and wrought with guilt as he realized this dog was not a good fit for us. Red was returned to the foster home and fortunately for him was immediately adopted by a couple that had another Standard Poodle in their family. We refer to that sad time as Red going to K and R's Doggie Spa And now we just stick to cats.
By: Kathe W. on December 2, 2013
I know how much energy Benny, our Jack Russell Terrorist has and how much it takes to keep him active enough. I can only imagine what that's like with a large dog like and Aussie Shep. It's good that you have come to recognize that Mrs. C. should be the dog selector for your family. There's no shame in that. It would be much worse if you hadn't figured that out.
By: Hilary on December 2, 2013
Cute story. Nice to know Freedom ended up in the right home. I'm terrified of dogs. Ha!
By: LL COOL JOE on December 2, 2013
Freedom needed a job to do. I'm sure people with a farm had a job for him. Love, Janie
By: Janie Junebug on December 2, 2013
These choices can lead to very stressful experiences. Is your feed picking up my blog?Ihave a suspicion that some blogs are not picking it up.
By: red on December 2, 2013
Aw, so glad Freedom got a good home. My friend has an Aussie and he is insane! He is sweet and loveable, but I definitely would never get one for myself. I like my easy, lazy dog :)
By: Kianwi on December 2, 2013
Oh, I was so glad to read the happy ending. And as we have two blue heeler pups in our family, I fully understand how a small space would not do for them at all. Our 300+ acres almost aren't enough for these two boys~
By: Shelly on December 2, 2013
The Aussie Shepherd's gotta herd. Or train for a Frisbee competition.
By: Val on December 2, 2013
You got what you wanted that Christmas - and so did Freedom! Great story.
By: jenny_o on December 2, 2013
What a great outcome!
By: John on December 3, 2013
Heart-warming canine story. I can picture him running around your living room like a cyclist at the velodrome.
By: Bryan Jones on December 3, 2013
A wonderful ending. I missed having dogs as a child, too, but I've made up for it in adulthood. My biggest complaint about all my dogs is that I outlived them and had to put them down when their time came. I don't do that very well. It's exactly like pulling the plug on a family member. What am I saying...they ARE family members.
By: Scott Cody Park on December 3, 2013
Such a touching story. I would have been just like you. Really glad it worked out. I assume that was when you finally learned that Mrs. C was ALWAYS right.
By: Mitchell is Moving on December 3, 2013
Good ending to the story. I'm a cat person myself, but have been cat-less for over three years now. I realize dogs require a much bigger commitment.
By: Pixel Peeper on December 7, 2013
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