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Joined: 12/31/1969
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HELP! My boyfriend bought an 11wk old black lab on August 7th. On August 12th he took the pup back. He said it was too overwhelming and couldn't handle it. He has never had a dog before and bought him on impulse. We rushed to the store and bought a crate, food, bed, toys, etc. The first days with him were fine other than the accidents in his crate and some whining which I know is normal. We closed off his crate so it would be small enough but large enough to walk in, turn around and lay down but he still had an accident or two. My BF had his first panic attack and just couldn't handle it. I'm very attached to the pup and feel that we should give him another chance, my BF feels the same but is afraid of the unknown and what else might happen. I'm thinking of getting him back but that would mean I take sole responsibility of him for the first months or so until he is better potty trained. I just don't know how realistic that is... I'm just one person, and we both work from 7am - 4pm so he would be alone in the house from 630am-430pm unless we go home everyday for lunch but we could only spend about 15min with him. I want what's best for the dog, again I am so emotionally attached that I haven't stopped crying since he was taken back but I have to put myself aside and do what's best for the pup. I want him back though and I know he'll be a fantastic companion for both of us. What should we do? Bring him back or not???

Joined: 12/31/1969
User offline. Last seen 42 years 37 weeks ago.

Since owning a pet is a responsibility that can last up to 15 years, it is important to consider the following before you choose to adopt a pet.

-Does your living situation allow pets? Are your roommates on board? Does your landlord allow pets? If you live at home, how do Mom and Dad feel about getting a pet?

-Can you afford it? Don't forget to budget for food, vet check-ups, vaccinations, licenses, spaying or neutering and any emergency medical care.

-Do you have the time a pet requires? Pets need a regular feeding schedule, time for walks and/or play, exercise and grooming. If your pet is left alone often, he or she may start developing behavioral problems such as barking, destructiveness and soiling inside.

-Where will your pet stay while you're on vacations? Having a pet is wonderful, but it limits your lifestyle.

There is more useful information at PetSmart Charities website http://adoptions.petsmart.com/are-you-ready/index.php

Hope this information helps with your decision.