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    Archer goes to his new home today. :(

    So we have made the decision to rehome our border collie. We love him so much and that is why we have to let him go. Over the past two years my knee has degenerated and I am no longer as mobile as I need to be for his optimal care. While I am a firm believer in pets are for life, sometimes you have to do what is best for that pet and let them go. He has been licking his forelegs maniacally and creating brown spots on his beautiful white fur as a result. He also chews his "ankles"...this is behaviour caused by stress and lack of proper activity for such an intelligent dog. He is too smart for us! We play hide-and-go-seek with his toys and he almost always finds them. But he is bored beyond belief and we just cannot provide the stimulation he requires. My poor cats are stalked and herded relentlessly because he NEEDS a job.

    So a friend who has four acres which backs onto 200 acres of crown land has agreed to have him. This friend had a heart attack ten years ago so must exercise daily. He walks their other dog twice a day. Archer will be incredibly happy there I know. I will miss him terribly. Although he was supposed to be Scott's dog, I am the one of course who feeds and grooms him and he follows me wherever I am. I NEVER go to the bathroom without my entourage. lol. I am heartbroken but I KNOW this is the RIGHT thing for him and for us as well. Because of his boredom he causes a lot of damage and stress in our home. But that doesn't stop me from being incredibly sad. I feel like this might be the first step in the dismantling of my life.

    I will miss you my beautiful boy.

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    He is a gorgeous dog. I know what you are going through. We had to do the same thing when I was a kid. We had a beautiful german sheppard. She had long snow white hair and beautiful brown eyes. We could not keep her in the back yard without chaining her. Our fence was 6 ft and she jumped it easily. Our next door neighbor had a relative who had a farm and were looking for a dog for their children that would be gentle yet big enough to protect them. She was both.

    So sorry you had to give him up.
    Vonnie

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      #3
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      Wendy, you know I am not an animal person but I do understand. Sometimes in life, the hardest things to do are the most painful. What you are doing is an act of kindness on behalf of your beloved pet. He was lucky to have had you in the first place and now he is going on to another loving home. Chin up and pat yourself on the back. And you can always visit him, right?
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        #4
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        Wendy, you are doing what's best for Archer, so think of that whenever you get to feeling bad about it.

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          #5
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          Wendy, your Archer is a beautiful dog. I hear the pain your post how hard this is for you. Letting our pets go is one of the hardest things but you have put his best interests above yours out of your love for him. Hugs to you and I hope you will be able to visit with him.
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            #6
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            Wendy, I'm so sorry. I know you will miss him, but it sounds like you are doing the right thing. Back in 2005, when my ex and I sold our house, I had to give up my yellow lab because I could not find an apartment that would allow me to have him. He was my dog and I was heartbroken. He ended up going to ex hubby's sister, which was wonderful because I knew she would treat him just as I had. It was still so hard not having him there daily. I hope that you will be able to visit with him once in a while.
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              #7
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              What a sweet baby. It's wonderful that you have found him a great home. I'm sure you are heartbroken but at least you will know he has a good home. Hugs to you!
              Shirley :icon_bigsmile:

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                #8
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                Wendy - I am sorry that you have to give up Archer. Doing what is best can be the hardest thing ever. Be comforted by the fact that he will be happy running and playing to his hearts content. I applaud you for finding him a great new home.
                Ann

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                  #9
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                  Archer is beautiful. Herding dogs need space where they can be active. I'm sure you're sad, but you're doing what's best for him.
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                    #10
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                    Awww Wendy, I know it hurts and will continue to hurt, but you are doing the right thing for your beloved Archer. Hoping that you can visit him after he gets settled in. How is Liam handling the dog situation? Hopefully, it is not as hard on him as it is on you. Hugs and good thoughts for you and your family.
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                      #11
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                      Thank you everyone. I am always overwhelmed at the kidness I find here. Thankfully it is more prevalent than other less desirable behaviour.... which is why this place is so awesome.

                      Liam has been very well prepared for this situation. About six months ago a friend moved away and we adopted their cockapooh who ADORES Liam and is a major joy in our life. He did not displace Archer in any way....just added to out life. Liam is very bright and understands what is best for Archer ...and it helps that I don't cry in front of him! Lol. No promises that won't happen when we leave him today though. Lol. He will miss Archer but he thankfully understands.

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                        #12
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                        We got our Border Collie last summer because the owner was unable to give her what this breed requires, which is a lot. We did not know at the time how much we needed her! She is happier with stay-at-home "parents" and playing with our older dog who is her constant companion. Her previous owner can rest assured she is in a loving home. Sometimes, even though difficult to do, it's a "win-win" situation, like ours and yours.

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                          #13
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                          Wendy......Archer is such a pretty dog. I know you will miss him dearly but it sounds like his new home will fit him perfectly. Knowing Archer is happy and being loved in his new home will help. Thinking of you.
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                            #14
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                            (((Wendy))), you're doing what a responsible pet owner should do - what is best for the pet. It's a hard choice to make for sure but Archer will be happier on a farm/ranch. Being who he's is, and we all know that you and your family loved him while you had him and took good care of him. He'll always be a part of your memories.

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                              #15
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                              I'm sorry about Archer. Many hugs to you and him.

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