I just don’t know what to do.
Thus far, this week, our dog (a ten month old puppy, really) has completely damaged a wire metal kennel and the new plastic one we bought last night ($100 right down the drain). He chewed through the back in under 4 hours.
He’s torn up the carpet in the bedroom (literally, ripped it back off the floor. There’s a good 2 foot tear in the carpet now) and today, after breaking out of the carrier/cage/kennel/whatever you want to call it, pranced about the entire bedroom with poopy paws and a bad case of the runs.
We are in the process of cleaning everything in the bedroom right now, and at some point will have to replace all of the carpeting, and fix the holes and scratches on the walls, doorframes, and doors.
Unfortunately, I believe I know the cause of all of this: He’s terribly bored and lonely. I’ve worked out of the house since before we got him. My boyfriend has been working from home for a while. Recently he started a new job that he has to go into an office to work. The dog, Brody, is obviously unhappy at being home all day.
Tonight was pretty much the last straw. We have no where to keep him now. I suggested just putting him in the closet until we could figure out what to do, but my boyfriend mentioned that not only would he destroy the carpet further, but with that much space would probably just break through the door.
We can’t leave him outside all day because it gets too hot during the day, we don’t really have a yard (we just bought a condo), and my boyfriend mentioned that someone could very easily steal him, or that he could chew through the tie-out and run off.
I’m so very very sad at the thought of putting him in a shelter. I keep crying when I think about it. He really is a good dog, short of all of this.
I’ve been asking places I’ve found online that offer doggy daycare, but no one has gotten back to me.
I don’t know what to do. Does anyone have any suggestions besides a shelter?
We need to do something tonight or before work tomorrow (and I’m supposed to go in early because of the tropical storm).
I feel like such a bad owner. :verysad: :verysad: :verysad:
[Edited to add: I’m one of those people who sees my pets as my kids. I realize this failure is a reflection of me, not nessecarily the dog. I don’t want him to suffer our failure. I just don’t know what to do…]