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A dog’s life

With great sadness, we’ve put Kepler up for re-adoption so that he can have a fresh start.

We haven’t reached the decision lightly – I’ve been putting it off for months – but the fact is that we hardly ever see him.

He spends all day, from when we first let him out in the morning until dusk, at the neighbours’ house, playing with their Maremmano who is at least twice his size and weight, or sleeping on their sofa.

Maybe this wouldn’t have arisen if we’d had a fence round the house (not a feasible proposition) and he’d never met his girlfriend the Maremmano, or if the neighbours had sent him back at the beginning like I asked – their behaviour in all this has been far from exemplary.

We’re here all day and so are our other dogs who boffle around nearby and never go as far as the neighbours. It’s not like he’s short of company at home, and he seems to confuse if not actually upset the other dogs.

We therefore don’t have Kepler’s company in return for feeding him and giving him a warm place to sleep, and there’s also the fear of our resentment if he should incur a big vet’s bill. He’s our dog in name alone.

When he does finally come home, this is what he looks like for most of the evening – dead tired and withdrawn.

Kepler – engaging less and less with us

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  1. November 1, 2012 at 12:01 am

    Oh what a shame and a difficult decision for you to make.

    • Damaris
      November 1, 2012 at 2:17 am

      Yes, indeed. I love the little chap dearly and have been arguing his case for far too long. Thank you for your sympathy.

  2. November 1, 2012 at 12:56 am

    So sad just a lost soul missing his real family I suppose even if they were not all they could be for him. Did your neighbors mind you placing him for adoption elsewhere?

    • Damaris
      November 1, 2012 at 2:33 am

      I doubt he remembers much about his original family. He was found abandoned in the road at the age of 4 months or so. I can’t say we’re much bothered about the neighbours’ opinion. They won’t adopt him themselves – not even if something happens to us (I asked them that specifically) – and it’s pretty much their fault that he’s gone off the rails.

      • November 1, 2012 at 3:25 am

        I am so sorry I know nasty neighbors so grateful ours loves us she never leaves our side

      • Damaris
        November 1, 2012 at 5:31 pm

        Thank you for your comment. I wouldn’t say our neighbours are nasty exactly – they’ve in fact shown us kindness in other areas. But in Clive’s words, to appropriate our dog was an act of aggression.

        Kepler’s quite possibly in danger, not only from his larger ‘girlfriend’, but also from their German Shepherd, which makes it all the more important to remove him from the scene. I’ve no idea how long it will take, though.

      • November 14, 2012 at 2:51 pm

        😦

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