Just wondered if anyone ever re homed another pet after getting their Maltese(s)? like a larger dog for example?
:goodpost:Wouldn't dream of it. I've had all sorts of dogs in my home, not all that I would leave out together...but I would not feel like a responsible dog owner if I rehomed one over another. And honestly, returning a pup to a responsible breeder will have a much better outcome of rehoming than an adult large breed dog to a rescue or shelter.
:goodpost:I've never done it, but I know someone who did. The dog is much better off in his new home, because the new owner was willing to work with him to fix his behavior issues. He's no longer stressed, has no more allergy issues, doesn't bite people, and is a very happy boy.
Here's my take. If you believe that the dog will be happier in a different home, then do what you have to do to find it a good place. Too many people hold on to dogs when they cannot give them enough attention, training, or love, because they feel guilty, or they expect some sort of miraculous change in the situation, even though they aren't willing or able to invest the time (and perhaps money in some situations) to effect that change.
Do what is best for the dog.
So sad, I remember that day. :bysmilie: Such a learning experience for me. I just wish everybody who owns small and large dogs heard your story.I rehomed my sheltie Molly.
I had a large sheltie named Molly from age 8 weeks. She was an awesome dog. She was beautiful was obedience trained and a wonderful pet. I also owned another older sheltie Katie ( our son had gotten divorced and we got custody of the dog)
Then we got Emma ( Maltese). Molly and Emma were best friends. Then we got Twinkle I ( Maltese) They all got along well playing , running, never a hint of hostility. In fact the only time I ever saw Molly be hostile was when I had a Maltese meet up and she stressed out with the 12 Maltese all around her.That was in March.
In the fall when Twinkle I was 1 year old Steve and I went to a Bar B Q we were gone 3 .5 hours and we came home to Twinkle being found dead. She was killed by being impaled by 1 canine tooth to the rib cage by Molly. We were not present so we don't know if it was hostile or in play. All we know is that it was devastating to our entire family.
I was distraught for days. I couldn't forget and forgive Molly. It wasn't fair to her or I. I couldn't ever love her again the way that every dog deserves. So we decided to rehome Molly.
We found a lovely home where she now lives with an Australian shepard named Samantha. They weigh the same and they love each other. The couple that adopted her take them to agility classes and she is safe and loved.
I learned a very difficult lesson ( JMM warned me too) Big dogs and little dogs have to be monitored at all times and separated if you are not present. All it takes is a sudden motion and in an instant these fragile dogs are fatally wounded. Dogs are dogs.
This was the first and only time I ever didn't keep any animal for its entie life. It was best for Molly and best for me.
We now have Mimi and Twinkle II.........
and I hope Molly has a long and happy life full of love.
To clarify, I did not mean it is wrong to rehome a dog if you are unable to care for it or are unable to treat its problems. BUT, bringing a new pup home is a choice...and I do not think it is fair for the first dog to be rehomed because someone wanted a puppy.Wouldn't dream of it. I've had all sorts of dogs in my home, not all that I would leave out together...but I would not feel like a responsible dog owner if I rehomed one over another. And honestly, returning a pup to a responsible breeder will have a much better outcome of rehoming than an adult large breed dog to a rescue or shelter.