Join Date: Jan 2008
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Saying Goodbye to Cricket
I've been putting off posting this thread because I'm not sure how it will be received. You all are such great, dedicated Hav owners, and I know that you're fiercely loyal to this wonderful breed. After weeks of debating in my own mind what to do, I finally decided to rehome Cricket. Not an easy decision, I can assure you. We've had many annoying little problems with her that I can overlook. I don't think potty training was ever going to happen, and I don't know if I could have figured out the marking issue, but those are things I was willing to deal with. Even after she escaped the ex-pen and peed on my table, and even though that really pissed me off, I wouldn't have dreamed of letting her go. The snapping at my children, Piper in particular, is the behavior that made me make this difficult decision. My daughter is 100% an animal person. Instead of playing with dolls, she plays with our pets. They are her students in her pretend school. She reads to them, walks them, feeds them...she is totally involved with them. On more than one occasion, she's gotten nipped by Cricket, and every time it was a totally random act...I never saw any behavior by Piper that would have provoked the quick snarl and bite. I think that Cricket's origins, mixed with our busy family, just isn't an ideal mix.
I found her new home through a wonderful friend that I met on this forum, and Cricket is going to her new home tomorrow. I think that she will be going into a home that will be better for her. I have such mixed emotions...I really do believe that I'm making the right decision for my family, but I'm incredibly sad and I know that tomorrow is going to be a really hard day. It's hard to describe, but I feel like an abject failure and really embarrassed for not being able to make this work. I know I'll miss her terribly, but I won't miss worrying about the things she does or might do. That probably doesn't make much sense, but I'm finding it really hard to put this into words.
I felt like I had to tell you guys since you were with me from the beginning, and I've learned so much from you and rely on this forum for advice and even though I never met any of you, I consider you my friends.
Kim, Santos & Brew