About a month ago I took in a rescue dog. *I had been [foolishly] considering getting a second dog so my dog Ollie would have someone to play with when I'm not home. I got a call from a friend on business trip in NC saying there was a wire fox up for adoption. *I was given this info: *he was imported from England as a gift for a man to show and breed. *The man suddenly died 2 weeks after Charlie arrived. *He went to another home for about a year and a half. *That man had to give him up (divorce). Charlie then went into two temporary home for short time periods. *I was told he was housebroken, played well with other dogs and was very sweet. *And also I've had two wire fox terriers so I know the breed and what wire ownership is all about.
Sounded good! *I [foolishly] said, "Bring him up!"
This is when Life in Hell started. *Upon his arrival, I discover that in his toy basket was a chewed up barking collar. *Ok. *News flash...he's a barker! *I wasn't told about that. *I had a neighbor complain within 3-4 days about him barking. *So that started the stress of having to watch him constantly for barking when he was outside. *So...No. 1) BARKER
THEN...he climbed my fence and got loose resulting in a day lost from work driving around my neighborhood crying and puttin up lost-dog flyers. *Thanks to the kindness of dog-loving neighbors, I recovered Charlie safe and sound that evening. *But now I cannot put him outside alone so I have to go out with while he is leashed. *I feel terrible that he can't run and play outside with Ollie but I can't have him getting loose again (I live on a 4-lane avenue). *So...No. 2) Fence jumper so can't be unattended in the yard
Charlie also climbs on my kitchen counters constantly...knocking things off into the floor. *Last nite it was a potted orchid. *Orchid bark everywhere along with a cutting board. *This happens 2-3 at least every nite. *So...No. 3) Destructive Climbing
The worst of it all...he poops and pees constantly in the house...hardwood floors and oriental rugs. *So...No. 4) Housebroken?? *NOOOOOT! *It doesn't matter how often he is taken out, walked, how many times he pees outside...he still pees in the house. *Some of this is marking territory but often its just plain-long peeing. *AND he rarely will poop on the leash. *He saves it for the house. *My evenings are spent cleaning up pee after pee...and poop. *Some morning I clean up 3 pees and a poop before I leave for work. *I get home from work and spend an hour cleaning up pees and poops I didn't see before and new ones. *Last nite it was 3.5 poops (the .5 was the partial one when I caught him going and I screamed at him and he ran.) *I finally sit down for 5 minutes and then there is the CRASH in the kitchen. *I have to get up clean up the mess in the kitchen.
It goes like this every day. *Every minute of my time is spent dealing with Charlie...either being outside with him on the leash or cleaning up messes.
NOW...all that aside...Charlie is very sweet. *He's bright, agile, graceful, smart and very loving. *He gets along well with Ollie although there have been some episodes of him showing some sudden aggression towards him which also concerns me. *But the point is...he isn't all bad. *He is funny when he plays. *He's just amazing with a tennis ball!
This is breaking my heart. *I feel like I must get rid of Charlie. *I have so many other issues going on right now plus the holidays are coming and I have no time for myself, the house or yard. *Social life? *Forget it. *Its 24-7 Charlie. *I hate to bounce him to another home. *I also don't want Charlie to have a life of being crated ALL the time. *I try hard to give him some freedom but that's when the problems start. *He has little life as it is. *I feel bad.
The previous owner said she'd take him back if it didn't work out. *I also have a phone number for a local fox terrier rescue. *So...I'm having a hard time making the decision to give him up but I just can't keep doing this. *He's ruining my house and there is no end in sight.