An Empty Spot:
This is where our dog Lance used to lay.
I have been thinking about this for a few days now and I don’t really want to go into details, but let’s just say our decision was a hard one. One that took a lot of prayer and considerations (just like when we chose to *get* Lance).
Lance is a fence jumper. He also gets bored easily. He stays inside when we are home, but, we don’t stay home 24/7. Despite several toys, rawhide bones, and constant playtime with us, he got bored and often times escaped his tie down that he had to be on when we left the house. This isn’t exactly safe for him. Nor is it fun. For anyone.
Did I mention we tried leaving him in his crate? He bent it.
The straw that broke the camels back was when we were in Austin one evening. We dropped the kids off with Nana & Papa Scott and ate dinner on the way home. Afterwards we stopped by a store to pick up somethings before heading home. An unexpected thunderstorm was coming quickly through town. Both Brian and I felt sick knowing that our Lance was outside and most likely freaking out over the thunderstorm that was going over Killeen. We got home as quickly as we could and found a very wet and hyper dog. We showered him with attention (and a lot of treats), but still did not feel right about it. I knew we needed to find someone else to care for him. We could not provide him with the proper care for him.
Through tears and prayers, I posted on our local homeschool group that we needed to pass our dog along to another family. That evening a lady emailed me and told me that her family was interested.
Today was a weird day overall, but when Karna called to let me know that they were on their way, I started to get sad. I could tell Brian was as well. He even asked me “are you sure they aren’t going to beat Lance or abuse him?”
It turns out they are nice. Really nice.
They came over and stayed and talked for over 2 hours. They too have 4 kids, 2 of which are twins. One of their children is named Ruby, another child is Owen. Pretty cool huh? They had a lot of questions about Lance and dogs in general. Very much like us, it had been many years since they were dog owners. As we watched them drive away with Lance, we knew we made the right choice, but it was still hard.
We only had Lance for 8 weeks, but we enjoyed him very much during that time.