Splitting up pair of dogs
January 9, 2014 7:48 AM Subscribe
Within the next few weeks, I need to split up a pair of rescue dogs. My main question is whether there is any particularly “best” way to manage this split. Also any assurance that I am not going to permanently emotionally damage the doggies would be much appreciated.
posted by elkerette to Pets & Animals (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
All of my research online talks about “bonded” pairs of litter mates or dogs who have spent very long periods of time together, which doesn’t match my situation.
Both dogs are rescues that have led very topsy turvy lives since this summer. They were brought from separate high kill shelters in California to Toronto in August. As they got along so well together, and there was a shortage of foster homes, they were placed together in the home of my colleague (and then with my fiancé and me when my colleague unexpectedly had to go overseas for a prolonged period in late November).
They are delightfully mutty mixes, with one appearing to be primarily dachshund-chihuaha while the other is more of a beagle. One is about 1 year old, while the other is estimate to be about 3. They have very different energy levels and so it can be challenging have both of them together for walks, etc. One would rather walk a block and go home, while the other would go on forever if he had the chance.
To get to the point, both my colleague and his girlfriend and my fiancé and I decided that we could give one of the two dogs a forever home. But, for a number of reasons (including, admittedly, our own personal preferences and convenience) not both animals. Since we each have fallen in love with a different dog, deciding who would get which animal was easy.
The dogs are not what I would call a bonded pair. They’ve lived together for only since August. They get along well, playing together, sleeping nearby to one another and walking together nicely. We will also often take them on walks separately (especially when only one of us can do so) and they’ll usually be pretty nonchalant about the whole thing. While generally together in the house, they also on occasion will pursue separate activities in separate areas of our home. They do notice the other’s absence though, and will always greet each other pretty enthusiastically when reunited.
We plan to separate the pair in a couple of weeks. Right now, I am thinking the best course of action would be to drive them together from our home (where they have been living since late November) to my colleague’s home. We would then get the one that would be staying with my colleague briefly acclimatized and then bring “our” dog back home with us alone.
Does this plan make sense? Is there anything we can do to make the separation easier? Any warning signs I should look out for? I feel very guilty about the whole thing and need assurance that by giving the dogs permanent (if separate) forever homes, we are cancelling out the negative of separating them.
Am I just really over-thinking this?