This is one of those things that I’m not sure why I am writing about it here, it’s just kind of therapeutic in a way I guess.
About 6 months ago, my wife and I rescued a long-haired dachshund from the local SPCA. I always liked the idea of a rescued pet instead of one from a breeder. Anyway, we saw Sweet Pea and fell in love with her immediately and she with us. She has a very timid personality, when we call her she slowly slinks over to us. She is completely passive. Before we got her, she was abused for almost 4 years by never being allowed out of a very small cage. Not one single time. Yeah, there are assholes all over.
Sometimes when we take her outside, she just sits there and shivers like she’s afraid we are going to beat her. Of course we have never laid a hand on her except in a loving way.
As far as house training, she had a rough start but really seemed to be turning a corner over the past couple of months. Believe me, this dog gets taken outside all the time! I joked with my wife that we live our lives based on the excretionary lifestyles of a 10-pound wiener dog. But this is where the decision comes in. She has completely reverted and goes to the bathroom inside all the time.
For instance, yesterday I actually felt well enough to walk a couple of miles, first time since my oral surgery a few weeks ago. I took Sweet Pea out twice before I went walking, she did nothing both times. I then walked and was only gone about 20 minutes. Came back to both poop and piss on the carpet. She really hates being left alone, so I’m sure she does this after getting mad. But I can’t worry about that, she is slowly going to ruin about $8,000 worth of carpet! When I leave in the morning to head to the salt mines, we have to lock her in the guest bathroom which while not tiny, is also not big. She has destroyed the door by chewing and scratching it on the inside. She has even managed to start chewing up some of the grout between tiles and loosening one tile.
We have given this 6 months. Last night while talking about what to do, both my wife and I were crying because just the thought of losing Sweet Pea kills us. We really love this dog and she really loves us. She loves laying on the couch with us while we watch a movie or sitting with me in my easy chair while I play games. She has quickly become a big part of our lives. But I just don’t know what else to do. We’ve tried everything from training pads (she chews them up) to going outside every 15 minutes (gets old very fast!) to different foods, etc. We even took her to my vet and she said Sweet Pea is probably just very scarred from the abuse and this would take years to undo. We don’t have that kind of time and resources.
So it looks like Monday I have to take her back. They don’t euthanize at this chapter, so at least she has a chance with another family. But for now, our hearts just break at the thought of not having her here any more.