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Maya, Wy, Woo, Wei and Wyn
This is not a failure at all, just part of the search.
Tue Mar 13, 2018 8:34pm

I am very sorry for your distress but think this is anything but a failure. A failure would have been a dead or injured bird and a dog with a history of hurting other pets who would have re-entered the shelter system with a record of violence. Instead the shelter knows more data points about Nala that will help her find the right home in the future.

You have learned more about working within the shelter system and the characteristics vital to your home that may be more or less present in certain breeds. There are positive ways of looking at this. Iím sorry the shelter didnít have an adoption counselor to help you transition from the return without feeling so let down. I was impressed with how hard you tried with Maggie given the circumstances. Your commitment was awesome. In Nalaís case it was better to return her sooner once you knew it was not a right fit. These are the decisions of a person trying to do the right thing by all parties involved.

Whatever you choose to do I hope you will not carry any burden from this. No one else is in a position to judge you either. Nala is a beautiful dog with much to recommend her to the right home and because you acted promptly she wonít go back with any bad baggage that could hinder her future chances. That is doing right by both Nala and your own family.

  • NopeKit, Tue Mar 13 3:23pm
    Well, Maya was right. Nala is a very, very nice dog - but not for a family who keeps any kind of other pets. She's a full time hunter. She darn near caught the squirrel in yard yesterday, and as you... more
    • here is my take on thisVera, Thu Mar 15 3:57am
      today is Joey's 3 years anniversary with us. We found him by pure accident. After Jerry died, I was desperate for a dog and tried to get my hands on any dog that remotely looked like it could fit. We ... more
      • That's good adviceKit, Thu Mar 15 3:29pm
        Actually, I kind of have to do that because of DH's upcoming knee surgery. But I had come to the same conclusion myself. Maybe by summer, or really whenever. I guess it will work out if it's supposed ... more
        • ButKit, Thu Mar 15 3:34pm
          I will say that Jackie in TX looks lovely. A girl, though, and I wanted a boy.
    • There is a new foster located in PA Don'tvicki,zoe,zinc,zed,zemo&zinnia, Wed Mar 14 8:05pm
      know where) but she is getting a foster tomorrow!
      • She is with IDOG. (nm)vicki,zoe,zinc,zed,zemo&zinnia, Wed Mar 14 8:05pm
        • Interesting news.Kti, Wed Mar 14 9:53pm
          How come you know this? It's cool news, of course. Right now, IDOG is down to one pup in Colorado. And it's a lab, not a doodle. There aren't many people giving up doodles, and that's a fact. I put... more
    • It's amazing how much you can learnSoogee and Wally, Tue Mar 13 10:04pm
      in such a short period of time. Nala sounds like a perfect dog for the right person. I don't think she would be good for a single woman either. Way too protective. A single woman might just always... more
    • for everyone involved. I don't think you should feel awful at all. Maybe sad because you really did want it to work out, but definitely not awful for making the right decision. Maybe Merlin knew... more
    • This is not a failure at all, just part of the search. — Maya, Wy, Woo, Wei and Wyn, Tue Mar 13 8:34pm
    • too bad...Laurie+Tru, Tue Mar 13 7:16pm
      Kit. You must be feeling just horrible. I so hope Nala finds the right home. You are doing what you need to do to protect the pack you have already. And better to err on the side of caution. Truman... more
    • HUGS! you will find you new dog soon, follow your heart.jackie&duke&delilah, Tue Mar 13 4:49pm
      It's so funny how some dogs are hunters and some are not. Duke walks out in the yard and the squirrels barely look up. He walks right by the ducks and geese by the lake. HOWEVER when we got Delilah,... more
      • WereKit, Sat Mar 17 11:44am
        Duke and Delilah both doodles? I think I remember not?
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