I try not to make my journal entries overtly personal, but I have a lot on my mind right now, and this seems as good a medium as any.
My wife and I had been mentoring a little boy who lives nearby that had a lab/pit mix that he took everywhere with him. As is often the case, the dog got large, so the kid transferred dog duties to his mother. The mother couldn't handle having a young dog either, so she handed the dog off to some random passer-by.
That brings us to this past Tuesday. My wife was bringing items down to the car, and she saw apartment security holding the dog in his arms and putting the dog in his truck. It seems the dog was running out loose all night. So we offered to hold on to the dog. We talked to the boy's mother to find out what had happened, and we found out that she had no interest in keeping the dog.
So we're taking care of the dog. We don't want to dump her off at the local shelter, since there's a high likelihood that she'd be euthanized because of her breed. We tried getting in touch with the two local humane societies in DC, but because we're in the suburbs, they won't have the dog. We also found out that even if we WERE from DC and turned in the dog, she'd have to spend time at the animal shelter regardless. While we network to try to find a home for this poor dog, we figure that she's better off with us than in a shelter. At the same time, she doesn't get along well with our cat Toby and she has occasional spats with our dog Ruthie. Moreover, I'm underemployed and my wife works two jobs, and we don't have the money to get her spayed (although I found out about a free clinic in Howard County, MD that might be willing to do it for free. We're looking into that).
I'm so very stressed out at the situation. The dog (who we named Lola) is far more high maintenance than Ruthie is, since she's only about 8 months old. Because I'm so stressed out, I'm not sleeping well, and it's preventing me from getting things that I really need to get done (like finding a proper job). And I'm having trouble getting through all the DA messages I have because I can't concentrate. The worst thing is that I feel like I'm failing this dog. I wish I could make her part of our family, but it seems the other two pets have kind of made the decision for us.
Well, thanks for reading. I'm going to be seriously behind on my messages for a bit, so please send me a note if you'd like to reach me more quickly. Thanks all.
P.S., here's some pictures of Lola. She's a doll.