Sunday, June 27, 2010

Bad Dog

Barry has not been a good house guest. While I was in NJ 2 weeks ago, I got a text from Charles with this picture.

Charles was on the receiving end of Barry's mouth and got a puncture wound. (!) Needless to say that Charles was not happy and Barry became an outside dog from that point on. Actually, he's no longer invited to stay here.

This is crushing to me. Imagine picking up your life and starting over in a new place and the only constant thing, your dog who has been your best friend for 5 years is now no longer the family pet who gets to hang out on the edge of the bed. But he's the invited house guest who has to live outside, like an animal, until I can bring him back to New Jersey to my parents' house.

I won't lie. I cried a lot knowing that my friend fucked up his chances of living with me in my new home. I don't know what will be the ending to this chapter of the story. My parent's won't keep him forever. I will likely have to find him a new home.


  1. Why not get a trainer and figure out this issue? Maybe I watch too much Dog Whisperer or It's Me or the Dog, but Barry isn't a "red zone" dog, right? So I can't imagine this can't be solved with a little re-training and patience.

  2. toothpick10:05 PM

    I'm with I'm Not a Plastic Blog - you need some Dog Whisperer action! And is Charles okay? Rabies shots? I'm so sad Barry's not being a good boy but keep us up to date!

  3. I agree. It seems pretty harsh to me that you have to get rid of him. I mean, after all, you've been his world for 5 years and he's had all your attention. Now you turn his world upside down by not only turning your attentions full-time to someone else, but moving him to a new place and leaving him for 2 weeks. Not surprising he acted out (IMHO)! Poor Barry. It's just because he loves you so!

  4. Ditto to all of this. There has to be a way to work it out, so that you can have your dog and your new home, and can do so peacefully.