Friday, November 04, 2016

Crestfallen Once Again

More than 6 years ago, the Shifleys participated in Operation Dwarfshank Redemption, which was my clever (or not-so-clever depending on your caffeine/alcohol/pharmaceutical intake for the day) way of saying we were going to adopt another basset hound.
We did and I believe most of you have heard about or have seen our husky hound, Tank.
Unfortunately, we had to find him a new home last weekend.
I don’t want to go into too many details because it’s still pretty tough not having him around, but he attacked Ms. Frizzle and Hayden. These are not isolated incidents and we have worked with trainers over the past few years to try to make our house his forever home.
It just wasn’t meant to be.
He’s now in a home that has an older basset hound and two grown children and they fell in love with him right away.
Initial reports are that he’s doing great and I’m happy to hear that.
It was the right thing to do, but doing the right thing sure does suck.
He will always be one of my favorite dogs.
But right now my heart hurts when I think about him.
Especially knowing that he’s no longer my dog.
But as much as it hurts, I wouldn’t trade the pain for all the laughs, cuddles, walks, belly rubs, shakes, scratches, howls, and bassetness that he gave me, Mrs. Shife and the kiddos.
We had some good times with him, and time will ease our pain but it doesn't feel like it right now.
Thanks for the memories, Tanklin.








I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream.

10 comments:

the dogs' mother said...

Bless you, the family and especially Tank.

RAZ said...

That really stinks, but it is understandable that you have to move on from a dog that doesn't get along with a kid. One of my sons is pretty rough on the dogs, but the dogs are extremely patient with him. They will bark or move away, but won't go any further than that.

When I was a kid, we had a dog that had been mistreated in his previous home by a boy about my age. The first time he caught me alone in the back yard, he attacked me. I've still got the puncture scars on my arm from the bite.

Stephen Hayes said...

As a parent you had to do what you had to do, but I can understand the pain you must feel.

John Gray said...

I feel your pain,....I have four dogs.....
But for me, the kids would go first!

Only joking

Jon said...

I'm really sorry to see that, and I know that was a hard decision. It sounds like there's another dog out there that needs you guys.

kden said...

It sounds like he is in a really good home but I can feel the pain of giving up your best buddy. I know Ms Frizzle can't take his place but I hope she can replace the tears with smiles.

Valerie said...

I feel your pain, Matt, in fact there are tears in my eyes just thinking about your loss. Like they say, though, time is a great healer and you will always have good memories. Nobody can take those away. Hugs from me.

billy pilgrim said...

Bummer, but as long as Tank has a good new home it was the right decision.

jenny_o said...

A hard decision, to be sure. It takes guts to make those decisions. I see by your next post that Tank is doing well. That is good news indeed. My brother re-homed his dog because he was going out of the country for the better part of a year. It was hard for him, too. But the new home had an older dog who had been getting very sedentary. When my brother's dog arrived, it perked the old dog up greatly and the two dogs were good company for each other. There can be happy endings and it sounds like Tank may be having one, too. Doesn't make it easy for you, just maybe a bit less difficult. My sympathies, Mr. S.

Cara Bara said...

Tank is such a good looking fellow. I'm glad he's in a great home and doing well. I'm also glad you guys tried your hardest to make it work. I hate when people give up too quick. I hope you and Ms. Fizzle bond soon :)