A little over a year ago, my three dogs ran away.
I say “ran away,” but in reality, the next door neighbor let them out of her gate.
You see, they’d dug under our adjoining fence a few times, twice that I knew of, actually. I’d get home from work and it would be dark. I’d walk along the fence line trying to make sure the holes were filled. Apparently, I wasn’t always successful.
I understand it’s irresponsible and annoying to let your pets dig out, but honest to goodness, I was trying my best. Two of my dogs were still puppies and were seriously high-energy. I wish the neighbors would have called me instead of just opening the gate. I never found any of them.
So, 18 months have passed and today a friend posts on Facebook that her friend is looking for a new home for my ideal dog, a 3-year-old German shepherd.
The holes in my yard are now filled. This isn’t a puppy. My kids are older and better equipped to help me take care of her. She’s mainly an indoor dog, but I can’t decide. It was horrible to lose my dogs. Even though they were diggers, I took good care of them.
Owning a pet is a huge responsibility. There’s also a huge reward with having a loving, loyal pet. However, I still can’t decide whether or not to venture back into the world of pet ownership after having failed before.