12-08-2012, 08:44 AM
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Adopted a golden retriever - former owner wants him back
Hi, We are new to the forum but not new to pet ownership. We had a golden retriever for 14 years, lost her due to old age and have had a void in our lives since. Last weekend we adopted a golden retriever from a family who had to downsize their lives. They explained to us that they had moved from a larger place to a small two bedroom house/apartment. The former owner said two adults, two children and two golden retrievers, one male and one female, were too much for their small place. They had given it much thought and decided the male needed to be adopted out. He could not even turn around in any of their rooms without bumping both his nose and his bum. I told them about our home, yard size, ability to take him out of the city and how much love he would receive from us and our three boys. I asked them repeatedly if they were sure, if they had discussed this situation with their children and gave them 4-5 times per conversation and meeting to change their minds. They continued to assure us this was the right decision for the dog. We went to meet this beautiful boy and our family fell in love with him immediately. While we were there, we asked again if they were sure. The husband indicated yes so off we went. He has settled into our routine, hearts and lives without a hitch. Our problem is now the former owners have contacted us and want him back, citing that their children have not stopped crying for their former dog. Our issue is we know he has much more space to live, is not showing any signs of "missing" the former family and seems quite happy here. Adopting a pet was not a decision we took lightly and have met a few other dogs while searching for the right dog. We found him in this fellow and do not want to give him up. What to do???