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Old 10-02-09, 09:50 PM   #1
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I think that I've just signed my pooch's death warrant...

Having to move due to foreclosure. Fought it and lost, just waiting for the local Sheriff's deputy to come knocking. Found a house just around the corner that will allow all of the kids to stay in their schools they're already in, even keep the same buses/bus stops.

But the new place (already signed the lease) requires a pet deposit that is equal to one half the security deposit, which we don't have.

The dog is half Border Collie and half Chihuahua. He is the sweetest pup if he knows you, but strangers are considered threats and potential kibble. It takes him a while before any one new can get close to him. By a while, I mean days. Which means any shelter I take him to when I have to give him up will probably consider him dangerous. That sucks! Even though he was bred to be a gift to my wife from her sister, he has chosen me to be his 'human'.

I think that I have been more emotional over the past couple of days than I have ever been before in my life.
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Old 10-02-09, 09:53 PM   #2
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Please see if there is a dog rescue group in your city. They generally have a no-kill policy and will foster the dog until they can find an owner for it.

I used to volunteer for a cat rescue agency. We had one older, ornery cat who was fostered in different homes for over a year until he finally found an adoptive home that would work for him.
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Solicite for a foster family. I've been semi-involved in such situations; sweet dogs but that too relates to some home situations more than others. Just for instance, that dog Eddy in the program Frasier had gotten the boot from a few homes 'till he was rescued by a lady trainer, it just goes to show. I can imagine how you feel.
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Find someone to take care of him while you get the funds together for the pet deposit.
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Find someone to take care of him while you get the funds together for the pet deposit.
+1. This is a good time to call in a large from a friend. You'll have to make up for it later
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Where do you live?

I'm in Tampa and will gladly take your pup in until your situation improves.
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Find someone to take care of him while you get the funds together for the pet deposit.
I would add to that and tell the friend they would be keeping the dog for an indefinite period until you get back on your feet.

I know you don't want to hear this but forget about the dog for now. Dogs are expensive, dog food, vet bills etc. I love dogs but family always comes first.
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I'm sorry to hear about your predicament. But you have to know you're doing the right thing by taking care of your family first. To have found a place in your current neighborhood, allowing your kids to stay in their current school is amazing. Well done!

Let's say you're not able to keep your dog, instead of leaving him at a shelter, are there any border collie rescues in your area? Rescue organizations tend to be more forgiving with regards to behavioural issues. These organizations rely on a base of foster homes that temporarily take in the dogs until the organization finds the final adoption home. And yes, most rescues take in crosses. They don't necessarily have to be purebread. Here's a link to a Border Collie Rescue in my area:

http://www.bordercollierescueont.com/availabledogs.html

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Please see if there is a dog rescue group in your city. They generally have a no-kill policy and will foster the dog until they can find an owner for it.

I used to volunteer for a cat rescue agency. We had one older, ornery cat who was fostered in different homes for over a year until he finally found an adoptive home that would work for him.
Oops, I tend to read the first post without reading everyone elses response, which means I usually duplicate other peoples ideas. Anyhow, Cbad ... great advice
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I cannot really add to any of the great suggestion here other than to encourage you to keep your head up. You are doing the best you can in what sounds like a really hard situation.
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Where do you live?

I'm in Tampa and will gladly take your pup in until your situation improves.
Just SW of Tulsa OK. The breeder (who is my wife's sister) just re-married and is now in MS. A road trip in the family truckster ('99 GMC Suburban) would probably come close to the amount of the pet deposit.
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Ask the landlord if you can make payments on the pet deposit. They'll usually work with you on such matters. This economy is tough on landlords too. They have to pay for credit checks on every prospective rental applicant and hope they run across one without any evictions on their credit record. You apparently checked out good. Worst he can say is no. I'd ask.
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I'd ask about payments on the pet deposit as well. Asked right, and you maight just be surprised by him/her being easy to work with.
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Ask the landlord if you can make payments on the pet deposit. They'll usually work with you on such matters. This economy is tough on landlords too. They have to pay for credit checks on every prospective rental applicant and hope they run across one without any evictions on their credit record. You apparently checked out good. Worst he can say is no. I'd ask.
This actually popped into my head shortly after starting this thread. I'm already committed to a 12 month lease. The pet deposit broken up into 12 monthly payments would be doable (means the elimination of one date night a month). I think that I'll look into it.

I'll also stop by Petco and Petsmart and inquire about any rescue organizations around here, just in case.
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I'd live in the street before I gave up my friend, but I don't have little ones. Good luck and hope everything works out.
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This actually popped into my head shortly after starting this thread. I'm already committed to a 12 month lease. The pet deposit broken up into 12 monthly payments would be doable (means the elimination of one date night a month). I think that I'll look into it.

I'll also stop by Petco and Petsmart and inquire about any rescue organizations around here, just in case.
Start looking here first: http://www.bordercolliesociety.com/B...s_contacts.htm

Local rescues are usually affiliated with a national rescue organization. They can give you all the info you'll need. The link above gets you to their page listing all the known rescues in each state, however if you shoot them an email, they'll likely provide a lot more info.

Btw, dog rescues often organize the transportation from one location to another. I've heard of cases where the transportation was across multiple states ... if the local one is too overloaded.

Obviously your best option is to negotiate partial monthly payments with your new landlord, however if that doesn't work out, this is another option.

[Edit] here's a link to one of your local rescues serving Oklahoma: http://comebyebcrescue.rescuegroups.org/info/

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Half Border Collie and half Chihuahua? That is the weirdest thing I've heard. Pics?
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That's what I thought... Obviously the Chihuahua HAD to be the father. My hat's off too him.

OTOH, Best of luck to you and the dog. Too many people would have ditched the dog.
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