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Q: Who understands my pain?

December 27, 2008 | By Wortheverypenny11 | 14 answers | Expired: 2020 days ago

Who understands my pain?

I've been having Max since he was only 8wks old. Now he is almost 10mos. He look so much like the dog that plays in the Marley and me movie, and he probably acts like him too. I say that because I haven't seen the movie yet. I'm getting ready to change my place of address, meaning I'm moving to Houston Texas as of next week and where I'm going to be staying I'm not allowed to bring Max, and I have no one to keep him. Oh, how my heart aches, I don't want to leave him or bring him to a shelter, all I really want is to take him with me. I'm so afraid he will suffer from anxiety and so will I. Only real doglover understand me, most of my friends who do not have pets say, and I quote, "he's just a dog". I do know this but he's my dog, and I love him so. What should I do?

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DDRau
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Jan 06, 2009

Can you find someone to keep him temporarily until you find a place to live that allows dogs?

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Anonymous
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Dec 29, 2008

You can't break your heart and his by leaving him. The simple answer is don't move. Find somewhere else that allows you to take him with you, or change your plans to include him. My husband and I are constanly having to change plans to suit our dog. Sometimes it is a pain, but our dog is our baby.

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Breezy P.
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Dec 28, 2008

Don't move there....find a place where you can have your dog. Its that simple. you don't abandon your dog....

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Jessica P.
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Dec 28, 2008

I would suggest you find a pet friendly place...I and friend have found them in Maine, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and Hawaii I am sure there are some in Texas... check out rent.com where you can specifically search only for places that allow pets. If you have to move quickly and do not have time to search for another place see if any of your relatives, friends or even colleguaes will "foster" him while you move and look. Good luck.

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Carolyn C.
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Dec 28, 2008

Don't move to a place that won't take dogs. Plenty of rentals will allow pets. Sometimes you can convince a landlord by putting down a larger security deposit and inviting the landlord to inspect the premises at any time. Certainly you should have the landlord meet your pet to see how well behaved it is. If your pet is not well behaved, then who can blame landlords for not allowing it.

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Susan A.
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Dec 28, 2008

What you "should" do depends on what you really want. If you want to keep Max, the suggestion to board him until you find a place to stay that will let you keep him is the best option. You don't mention where you are staying, and if it is with someone else, then, that of course might change that option. Many years ago I had to give up a beloved pet due to a move across country. I found a home for him with friends of the family. Yes, as I walked away, my little PD, cried at the screen door and it was hard for me. However, the next time I was home, I called and went to visit. PD had adapted beautifully to his new home, and did not know me. I guess we never really know how it might turn out, but I would say if you can avoid surrender to a shelter, it will be easier for Max. I do think that can be very traumatic to a dog used to being in a home--at least based on my experience in volunteering with shelters.

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Claudia
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Dec 28, 2008

If you really love him that much you will find a way. Just keep looking harder for a rental that allows pets. There are even websites that promote pet friendly rentals. Don't give up! You will find something.

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Ragdollkitties
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Dec 28, 2008

My parents went through a similar situation when they were searching for a rental property that would accept a dog. Their dog is an older Lab-mix (8 years), however it was difficult to find a landlord that was willing to permit a dog. Giving up their dog was not an option for them, so they searched and searched until they finally found a very nice landlord that agreed to allow the dog in the house. I believe they had to pay an extra fee (refundable) when they signed the lease to cover any damage that the dog might do to the house. Their persistence paid off because they have been living happily in the same rental property for a few years with their dog. Good luck with your search! I hope you can find someplace that will accept him.

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Marisol
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Dec 28, 2008

I can only hear my Mom saying "Where there is a will, there is a way" Keep looking and dont give up. I lived in my van in northern Minnesota my last year of graduate school because no one would rent to me with my lab Makwa.

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greg d.
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Dec 28, 2008

im sure there is somewhere that the will let you keepmax, just keeping looking

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