After 14 1/2 months, we are going to have to say "goodbye" to Eli Jackson, our dog. We've fought to the bitter end but today proved...it is time for him to find another home. I've written about Eli some but then the stories are so crazy it was almost too painful, almost commonplace to write about.
Today he got out...again. I had only let him in the backyard for 5 minutes. He dug out of our backyard and we drove to find him...only to find he had entered our neighbor's yard. She was NOT happy about it! He had dug in her trash and destroyed stuff...plus she had just vaccummed. I took him from her backyard and was furious! How could he? (He had done the same thing 2 weeks ago and also peed IN the other neighbor's house). I could go on and on with similar stories of Eli's antics. Anyway, I called Jeffrey and started bawling! I knew that was Eli's last time to torment our neighbors. Jeffrey told me to call the Wheaton Rescue. I've cried since 4pm today...it is now 10pm. I didn't even like the dog...so I thought!
So, I now have to pick up another Wheaton on Friday then take both dogs to a "transporter" who will take both dogs on Saturday. I think this will be an easier transition for the kids.
Oh, the kids! We told them tonight in a "family meeting" that we are going to have to get rid of Eli. We were all crying (well, except for Jeffrey). It was the saddest day with my kids I have ever had. We want what is best for everyone. My kids love that dog (even though he still bites/mouthes them and he has attacked all of their friends...in a loving way that scares the crud out of them!).
I don't know the last time I have shed so many tears! I am mostly sad for my boys who will no longer have a dog to call their own. I am sad to see that puppy go. He's been with us for a long time and we've endured a lot together.
Pray that the tears subside for our family...
It is going to be a rough couple of days ahead.