When we were sitting in the Doctor's office during the allergy test, the dog test lit up like a light bulb as soon as it was placed on her skin. I believe my eyes instantly welled with tears. I've been worried she had a dog allergy from the first time hives appeared on her face when our first dog Guinness innocently licked her years ago. I asked our Doctor about it and she brushed it off, no big deal. I told myself she has sensitive skin, hence the hives. No hives mean a reaction, an allergic reaction. I feel stupid for kidding myself.
Then this past summer, after 4 years of not owning a dog, we stopped by the Humane Society. We found a wonderful dog, ironically enough 4 years to the day after our first black lab passed away. It was fate. He's so sweet and kind. He instantly took to our girls, going a few times a night into their room to check on them sleeping. He waits patiently by the door when we get home. He lets the girls rough house with him, with only sweet licks in return.
But now we have to give him up.
My daughter's health is our first priority and unfortunately the symptoms that have been stressing her body aren't quite worth "Fido" remaining in our house. So now i've turned to friends to spread the word, help us find a new home for our pal. I haven't quite figured out how I am going to tell the girls their favorite doggie is moving on to live with someone else. I don't want my daughter to feel guilty that he needs to find a new home. My stomach is in a pit and I tear up when our sweet dog comes up to me looking for some affection. I feel like I've betrayed our rescue.
I do know it's our responsibility to find him a loving forever home. A home I always thought that we would give him. Now if I can only find the right things to say and one kick ass family to love him for the rest of his life.
If you are in the denver/boulder area and know of someone looking for a wonderful doggie to complete their family, please send them my way. I'd love to talk to them.