After we moved into our RV, we adopted a rescue dog. She was a husky mix, super sweet, and so gentle. She loved meeting other dogs on her walks and was even great about having visiting dogs and going to visit other dogs in their homes. She traveled with us to Nebraska and did really well there with my mother-in-law’s dog. We stayed the night at a friend’s house that has two dogs and she was great the whole time. Why am I telling you this? Because I decided to bring home our beagle from my parent’s house when I visited them a couple of months ago.
Because of how friendly she was, we assumed that she would do well with another dog living with her. Sometimes she seemed lonely and we wanted her to have a friend. We also have been wanting to bring our beagle back to us. We bought him shortly after we got married. He didn’t do well when we moved here 3 years ago. He had horrible anxiety and damaged a lot of things in our apartment. We decided it would be best for him to go live with my parents. It has been 3 years and we can finally have dogs again since the military housing we lived in didn’t allow them.
Ana, the rescue husky, did really well meeting Dublin, the beagle. She seemed a little possessive over her bed adn she showed aggression when she was eating. We took the correct precautions and kept them separated during feeding time and when we were having meals, yet somehow she was still showing our beagle aggression. They were both tied up outside and I guess Dublin found a bone and she nipped him. The last time that it happened, it was in the kitchen. I had cleaned up our table but there was still food on the stove top. She just flipped out and nipped bad at Dublin.
That was the last straw. Even with our precautions that we took, we still couldn’t protect our beagle and keep her calm. With a heavy heart, we decided that she needed to go to a new home. It just wasn’t going to work out. We were so fearful that she would get into a fight and one of the kids would be right there. This was not an easy decision to come to but we knew that it was what was best for our family.
I was looking into shelter to surrender her to and even tried e-mailing a husky rescue. It was fate that I was “working” and saw a post of someone looking for a husky breeder. I chatted with her via messenger and asked questions about her family to see if they would be a good fit. I stressed that she is an amazing dog BUT just not good with other dogs in her home.
Just a little background on Ana, she was probably a street dog in Mexico. She most likely had to scavenge for food and scare away other dogs that would try to eat what she found. She probably ate out of the trash a lot. When we adopted her, she was still very skinny. She used to be malnourished. Considering all of that, it is understandable that she would have food aggression towards other dogs. She did not have food aggression towards humans.
After talking and sharing pictures with the girl I contacted, she and her husband were very excited to meet Ana and were already sold on making her a part of their family. We took her over to their house where she met them and they fell in love with her right away. She seemed very excited to be in their home and was already making herself comfortable. They decided that they liked her personality and they seemed like very caring people to me. I feel very confident in our decision.
Although I know that this is the right thing to do, it still wasn’t easy. If I had things my way, she would magically lose her food aggression and she would have been a perfect fit for our family. I have so much guilt for rehoming her, but I just keep reminding myself that this was the right thing to do. I have to consider the safety of our other dog and our children. It hurts my heart that we had to let her go, but I know that it is for the best. It is never easy losing a pet that you love and made a part of your family.
On the bright side, she is making a sweet couple very happy and she will adjust to the new home and be very happy. I hear they are already spoiling her and letting them snuggle in bed with them. She had to sleep on her dog bed on the ground here.
What is sad is that I mentioned the situation on my Instagram page and someone assumed that I wasn’t letting the dogs get their energy out because we live in an RV. Our dogs went on walks everyday. They both spent time outdoors as long as they needed because of tie-outs. They got more fresh air living in the RV than if we were living in an apartment. It is sad the judgements that full-time families get because we choose to live in an RV. Having an alternative living situation does not mean that our children or pets are missing out.