Good-bye, Miss Quince

 

A couple months ago we found our dog Quincy a new home.

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You’ll remember Quincy from that time last year when she went on vacation without us?  She was sure a character, for a dog.

She really was the sweetest little dog you’d ever meet, most of the time.  But occasionally she would show aggression toward other dogs.

I never really mentioned it on here, because it only happened once or twice a year, tops.  And usually just with my parent’s dog, so we made sure to keep them apart.

However, I always worried about her a little bit, especially before we had Wyatt.  But when he was born she was just an angel dog. She didn’t have any aggression issues for over a year, and Wyatt could pull on her hair or ears and she’d just sit there patiently and let him play with her.  She was wonderful with Wyatt.

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But then randomly, at the beginning of this year, she showed some aggression toward Ralphie (our Yorkie).  Enough that it started to scare me a little.  And it was so weird, because she and Ralphie were always the best of friends.

It was after that when I told Derek that I thought we should start keeping an eye out for another home for her.  I didn’t want a dog around that I couldn’t trust.  Even though I loved her to bits, and I went back and forth on whether I really could do it or not.

A couple months went by, and we didn’t find anybody.  I knew I couldn’t give her up to just anyone.  I had to know that she’d be happy.

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But then she ran away a couple different times (remember how she’s a runner?), and the first time she came back she had clearly been given a bath.  I don’t think I was ever able to get her hair quite that fluffy.

She ran away again a few weeks later, and some people called to say they had her.  Derek went to pick her up, and found out it was the same people who had her before.  They had two little girls, and they mentioned they’d like to keep Quincy.

So Derek told them the whole situation and explained that we’d been trying to find a home for her.

He brought her back and told me, and I just knew she’d be happy there.  Both times she seemed to be almost sorry to leave this family to come back here.  I knew they could give her the attention that we just couldn’t give her with two other dogs and a baby.

So we said goodbye.

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The family was so sweet, and the little girls wanted us to know that we could come visit or have her back here to “spend the night” whenever we wanted to!

It’s still sad though.  I miss the way she’d wag her whole back-end when she was happy to see us, and I miss seeing her and Ralphie playing together.  I’ll miss having her around for Wyatt, because she would sit still and let him play with her while the other dogs either slobbered on him in passing or wouldn’t give him the time of day. And I’ll even miss how she had no sense of personal space – she’d just scoot closer and closer to you until she was practically on top of your head. It was cute.

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She was a sweetie, but I’m glad we found a good home for her.  The Lord really just dropped the solution in our laps, and I knew it was the right move.  They love her, and I know she’s happy.

I miss you, Quincy-Girl.  Thanks for being part of our family for a little while.


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Kara @ Just1Step said...

Aw I'm so glad you found a good home for her. That is definitely a tough situation - kids come before dogs, obviously! But it's still sad. I would be the same way if either of our dogs showed aggression toward Krew.

Jessica said...

Aww, it must have been hard saying goodbye, but it sounds like you found an amazing home for her! It's awesome how God works out all the details of our lives so perfectly.

Callie Nicole said...

It was kind of sad. She never showed any aggression toward Wyatt, just toward Ralphie a couple times, but I just couldn't trust her anymore, and I can't have that, you know?

Callie Nicole said...

I know! I think she'll be happy there.

Domestic Sweetheart said...

What a difficult situation but I'm so glad there was a happy ending. Thanks for sharing. I also have worries about our pup when we decide to have children. P.S. Thought you might be interested in the giveaway I'm hosting for Soybu! www.domesticsweetheart.com

Brittney Galloway said...

Aww, so sad! I'm glad she found a good home though!

Jennifer said...

So glad you found I good home for her, I know how hard it is to say goodbye to pets!

How amazing that God found the perfect home for her though!

Tami said...

I know that was such a hard decision to make but it sounds like you found the perfect family for Quincy!

Bren said...

Aw it is always hard losing an animal or giving one away. I am glad you found Quincy a nice family!

Emily Powell said...

ugh...that's so hard but it must feel so great to know that she is with a family that will love her. I totally understand and would have done the same thing.

Melanie said...

Aw she is so cute! Glad you found her a home though..I think you guys definately made the right decision..I would have done the same thing!

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