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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-21-2012, 08:16 AM Thread Starter
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My sad story with a silver lining

Back in February, we got a 13 week old Dachshund/Terrier mix - his name was Braxton and he was a rescue. I fell in love with him instantly!

He was very fearful from the start, but I figured he would adjust and all would be well. Wrong! I will spare you the details, but Braxton ended up showing a lot of aggression towards my 6 year old son and after the second attempt to bite his face, we made the decision to give him back to the women who ran the rescue organization. If it were just my husband and I, we would have made it work, but between my 3 kids and all their friends, I just could not in good conscience keep a dog that had an issue with fear aggression.

Giving him back just broke my heart... I cried so much for that little guy and felt like such a failure. I decided then and there that I was not cut out for dogs and we would stick to our pet turtles. Well, it seems my mother had other ideas...

Since her Havanese, Diego, is such an awesome dog, she felt that we should have a Havanese as well. So, when she showed up to our house to visit (she lives in FL), she brought with her an adorable 8 week old black and white Havanese pup!

I was shocked and a little bit weary, but here we are 5 weeks later and it turns out that Mother really does know best. Benny is a doll! We are having such a different experience this time around. He is full of confidence and super friendly with everyone!

As for Braxton - I keep in touch with the women who runs the rescue, and he still lives with her at her house along with his litter mate (a sister). He is very happy and doesn't seem to miss us at all.

The end!

I would like to point out, tat I have been housebreaking a puppy (first Braxton and now Benny) since February 8th!

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Sorry to hear that. I had a similar story when my boys were younger I tried to adopt a pet, but I didn't do my research on temperament and personality of the breed. I learned a big lesson with that and it was several years later when decided to get a Havanese, and boy did I do my research on finding a good 'fit' for the family, personality, temperament, needs, etc. A person just shouldn't get a dog because they like the way it looks without making sure its a good fit

Housebreaking, not so much fun! lol

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Glad Benny worked out and he is such a doll.

That is the main reason why I never went the rescue Route. If it was just me and DH, the story would be different.

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He is so cute! I'm so sorry the rescue didn't work out. I can imagine how heartbreaking that was. Rescuing is wonderful but it is not for everyone and in another thread we were talking about how it just all depends on your needs. I would love to rescue some day but as of yet it hasn't been the right choice. The important thing is a dog fits its family!
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I have a VERY similar story... except my mom was TOTALLY against us ever getting another dog!
We tried to resuce a little terrier mix several months before we got Tillie. She SEEMED like a good fit for us, at the shelter. Till we brought her home and discovered she had SEVERE socialization issues and nearly tore our cats to SHREDS. our poor cats couldn't even be IN our yard without her freaking out (even from INSIDE the house). She did the same reaction with other dogs. AND she would NOT be crate trained, barked the entire night long. We tried for a month to work these problems out until we came to the end of our strength and HAD to find her a new home ASAP.
It was sad, I did feel like a failure, BUT it also helped us realize that we did want a dog to add to our family, but that it HAD to be a puppy so we could train it up the way we wanted, to fit IN with our family, not RUN our family.
and then there was Tillie....

p.s. my mom ADORES Tillie and has said she would take her in a heartbeat if anything ever happened to where we weren't able to keep her. they sure do have a way of winning over hearts, don't they?

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p.s. my mom ADORES Tillie and has said she would take her in a heartbeat if anything ever happened to where we weren't able to keep her. they sure do have a way of winning over hearts, don't they?
Since my mom was taking a big chance surprising us with the puppy, my mom told us that she was fully prepared to keep Benny if we said we didn't want another dog. I think she might have been disappointed that we wanted to keep him LOL!

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Similar story here. We rescued the cutest Pomeranian. He started snapping at anyone under the age of 15. I had two kids under 15 plus their friends. My mom and dad took him. He had a year with their other dog until she died. I think she really helped him along with being in a quieter house. My parents took him to Arizona for the winter and he did great with my brother's kids and anyone he met.

Benny is very cute!!

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Well it sounds like Benny is an ideal fit for your family - way to go Mom! Remember, if Benny were human then you'd be potty training for a LOT longer!

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