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Old 01-08-2012, 11:26 AM
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i'm a very independent girl too but i honestly would think another dog lover would gladly give their help but if that really is not an option to you i think it is really unfair to keep her in a crate all day and as she gets older it will be even worse i really feel so sorry for you its a no win situation
I agree with this. I'd do it quickly while she's still very young. The pup needs much more socialising than you seem to be able to give her and that will be making her lonely and unhappy now and potentially give her huge behavioural problems later.

The other option is to arrange for her to have company and training during the day and keep her with you in the evenings. If that really isn't an option, the kindest thing would be to let her go to someone with more time to spend with her.

Maybe a cat would be a good option for you.
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Maybe a cat would be a good option for you.
I was thinking the same thing, but a cat that has an independent personality.

And she will develop behavioral problems from spending so much time alone in her crate, right now maybe not so much but once she gets a bit older you will see them.
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Thank you everyone again for your advice. After another morning of crying I realize that Pippa deserves more and I need my sanity. When people said how tough a puppy would be I truly didn't understand. I want to find her the best home possible right away. I will also recommend to anyone I know thinking of getting an indoor dog to maybe house sit one before they decide on adoption. I am glad she did spend Christmas with me and not in a kennel but now finding her a family is my top priority. Thank you all.
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I won't pretend that it's not a hard decision to make cause I'm sure you do care about her, but I agree that it's the best decision.

I would contact some rescues in your area and see if they can't help you find a good family for her.
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you letting her go is proving how much you do love pippa by putting her well being before your own feelings so if that's any consulation to you -- you are doing the right thing and i'm sure you will find her a loving family home. take care x
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Thank you everyone again for your advice. After another morning of crying I realize that Pippa deserves more and I need my sanity. When people said how tough a puppy would be I truly didn't understand. I want to find her the best home possible right away. I will also recommend to anyone I know thinking of getting an indoor dog to maybe house sit one before they decide on adoption. I am glad she did spend Christmas with me and not in a kennel but now finding her a family is my top priority. Thank you all.
Check your adoption contract. You most likely agreed to return her to the shelter should you be unable to keep her.

Otherwise ditto the suggestion of contacting rescues for help. I would try some rottie rescues as it would be best IMO for her to go to a person or family fully prepared for a dog of this breed.

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I'd also like to suggest an older dog for you. If you do go through a rescue, they might be able to place a dog with you who doesn't need as much attention as a puppy, and would appreciate a quiet household with one human who is theirs.
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I'd also like to suggest an older dog for you. If you do go through a rescue, they might be able to place a dog with you who doesn't need as much attention as a puppy, and would appreciate a quiet household with one human who is theirs.
Absolutely!
Perhaps a senior dog or even a greyhound.
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Thank you everyone again for your advice. After another morning of crying I realize that Pippa deserves more and I need my sanity. When people said how tough a puppy would be I truly didn't understand. I want to find her the best home possible right away. I will also recommend to anyone I know thinking of getting an indoor dog to maybe house sit one before they decide on adoption. I am glad she did spend Christmas with me and not in a kennel but now finding her a family is my top priority. Thank you all.
I congratulate you on a wise decision. I had a friend that used to rescue older dogs from the shelter and give them a great end to their lives. The shelters have many healthy older dogs that need homes and would love to have a home and any love you have time for. Rescuing older pets is very rewarding.
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