Join Date: Feb 2016
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Not Sure What to Say about Rescue
I live in a really dog centered town home development. One day, while walking, I ran across an older woman who has a Havanese puppy of 9 months. Because I had my Hav, Tully, with me, we started talking. It turns out that she is pretty discouraged with having the puppy. He was a gift because she was a fairly recent widow (1 year), and some family members thought she could use the companionship. The dog is pretty well behaved, house trained, crate trained, not aggressive, but has lots of puppy energy. (She did take him to a puppy class, and he knows some basic commands.) She feels that she can't deal with how active he is. (What she describes sounds like frequent bouts of the "zoomies.") She also is concerned because she has to put him in the crate when she goes out, and she is trying to develop new interests (since she is a new widow, lonely, and needs to get out and make a life for herself) and she feels that she can't do some of the activities she would like because the puppy would be in the crate for too long. She can't afford a lot of boarding, etc. In short, she just isn't sure that the dog is a good thing in her life - she is sometimes overwhelmed by the stress of raising him, and feels she can't live the life she would want to because of him. She asked me about rescue organizations. Honestly, I didn't know what to say. I bought my Hav from a breeder, and I have no experience with rescues. Is this an appropriate situation for a rescue, or is there something else that could help out with making a happy outcome?