Giving up my dog

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stephatron289

stephatron289

Specializes in Renal, Diabetic. Has 1 years experience. 71 Posts

I have a husband, dog and cat. All are important in my eyes. If you love something as much as you say you do, you fight your hardest to make it work, not give up after a week.

Pets can be worth their weight in gold for stress. Just ask my cat anything about microbiology, because that's how I studied: teaching him with stress-free petting in between. You did yourself a disservice but you did that dog a disservice even more.

MadpeysRN

Specializes in MedSurg, OR, Cardiac step down. 365 Posts

I'm not a nurse, just FYI.

But I did, and will continue to judge what I view is mistreatment of animals. Among other things - like flip flops with socks, poorly behaving children and people that don't wear seat belts.

We *all* judge. Some of us just don't bother pretending to be above it all.

And *drops the mike*

P.S. My husband wore socks with flip flops today, no joke..🙄

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rachaelofcourse

rachaelofcourse

364 Posts

Poor dog.

I have a husband, a one year old, and work full time. Sure, some days I want to send my husband back to the shelter because he's being a jerk, but I don't because I love him. Hopefully this post gave you perspective.

emb92250

emb92250

Has 4 years experience. 168 Posts

I haven't read all these comments, but wow. People are mean.

My husband basically had a panic attack when we finally got our dog (he was 5 months old). Always wondering how we would be able to give the dog the attention it deserved. A year and a half later, we don't know how we would have survived without the dog! He is constantly being a goofball. And yes, sometimes it's inconvenient when he wants to go potty for the 4th time in 2 hours (we live on the third floor and must walk him whenever he needs to go). But he also gets me up off my butt and breaks me when I am studying. And Saturdays we go to the dog park for a few hours, and they are always something we look forward to.

I think if you got an older dog, like >1-2 years, you should be fine. Also, take the breed and exercise requirements into account. I do agree with some commenters that you probably didn't give it enough time for everyone to adjust.

I work 12+ hour shifts while my husband is away on business and our dog is fine to hold his bladder for that long. We have a second bedroom we keep cleared out for storage and exercise and he stays in there instead of having the run of the house. But before we did that, he stayed in his kennel. And on days I don't work, I've noticed he really spends about 16 hours of it sleeping.

OrganizedChaos, LVN

Specializes in M/S, LTC, Corrections, PDN & drug rehab. Has 10 years experience. 1 Article; 6,883 Posts

I haven't read all these comments, but wow. People are mean.

Well she asked for opinions. A lot of people feel strongly about animal rights, me included. She jumped at the chance to get a dog, adopted it & then freaked because it was "too stressful" ONE WEEK later. Not only is it irresponsible but shows bad signs of how to handle stress.

pixierose, BSN, RN

Specializes in ED, psych. Has 5 years experience. 882 Posts

Well she asked for opinions. A lot of people feel strongly about animal rights, me included. She jumped at the chance to get a dog, adopted it & then freaked because it was "too stressful" ONE WEEK later. Not only is it irresponsible but shows bad signs of how to handle stress.

^^^ This.

People are mean. Mean? No. Disgusted with the OP's actions? YES. Since the OP posted her story on the Internet, apparently looking for hugs or a pat on the back, anything to the contrary would seem "mean." This isn't the OP spending $$ on a gym membership and not going because it interferes with her study time; she brought back a dog -- and brought it back to the shelter, where the chances of the pooch getting euthanized can be pretty high.

... all because she panicked about perceived time management. Of all things. The chances of this dog getting euthanized are now far, far greater because the OP and her husband made a poor decision about *time management* and stress.

So mean? No. Disgusted? Very much.

vintagemother

vintagemother, BSN, CNA, LVN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care, Med-Surg, Psych, Geri, LTC, Tele,. 2,714 Posts

The moral of the story is:

Don't obtain an animal unless you 1st research the care and commitment required. Make sure you can meet the animal's needs prior to committing to it.

As for me, personally, I chose to obtain a doggie during a time I was off from work and on break from school. I used that time to train her on the ways I needed her to behave, because I knew I'd shortly be back in school/work and away during the day.

Pets are a commitment.

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crazydoglady89

crazydoglady89

237 Posts

I work more than full time hours outside the home. My husband is a PA who can be gone until 1 am from time to time. I am taking pre reqs in addition to my FT work...

We have two dogs and I can't imagine giving them up. When I have a free moment, I walk them. I have a dogsitter who I take them to or can call if something happens. We make it work...

I'm happy you gave up the dog because you clearly aren't ready, but I can't empathize. My girls are my babies and my first was attached to my hip by the 2nd day. I can't imagine traumatizing her by returning her yet again (I was her 5th home and she was only 5 months old).

Those dogs have made me cry several times. It's stressful being a first time dog owner (I had dogs growing up, but them being "yours" is different!), but I couldn't imagine giving them up. It makes me want to cry thinking about it.

MrChicagoRN, RN

Specializes in Leadership, Psych, HomeCare, Amb. Care. Has 30 years experience. 2,589 Posts

Lol. That's ruff. Hahaha!

Mee-Yow! eveyrbody pull back those claws. Let's not get Catty!

MrChicagoRN, RN

Specializes in Leadership, Psych, HomeCare, Amb. Care. Has 30 years experience. 2,589 Posts

Seriously though, I do feel bad for the OP.

She made a hasty decision and now is feeling guilt and regret.

Pets can be great stress reducers. Our cat certainly is.

I've been wanting a dog for awhile, and would love to have one again, but will hold off for another 3 years when I'm done with school.

chare

3,567 Posts

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...My husband wore socks with flip flops today, no joke.

And the problem is?

OrganizedChaos, LVN

Specializes in M/S, LTC, Corrections, PDN & drug rehab. Has 10 years experience. 1 Article; 6,883 Posts

Seriously though, I do feel bad for the OP.

She made a hasty decision and now is feeling guilt and regret.

Yeah but those are not good qualities. If she can't handle stress, that's scary. Nursing is all about stress & knowing how to deal with it. You also can't make rash decision.