I have been training Bonnie to be a therapy & service dog. She is wonderful at it, she loves people, especially children.
Lets say I have a hypothetical friend who is looking for a dog to work in her practice with children and adults. She would have a wonderful home with caring, loving people & a job she would love.
If I were to re-home her with my hypothetical friend, Bonnie would go to work with her every day. She would be this friend's constant companion and a valuable aid her in her practice.
Remember that Bonnie does not get along with Beth. We have constant tension in our house already & the worry that the tension will escalate into another tooth slashing fight. She does not work sheep regularly, and she does not really have a job, other than being a happy house dog. When I take the dogs to work sheep she is left at home more often than not.
I love Bonnie. I raised her from a puppy and if she were to go I would have a big gaping hole in my heart.
She has a happy contented life with us already. I do not want to place her. I am fully committed to her, regardless of the tension between her and Beth. She has a home with us for life. No question about it.....
But...would she be happier as a full time therapy dog?
Do I owe her the chance to see?
What would you do? Why? Why not?
Let me emphasize I DO NOT INTEND TO PLACE HER...EVER. However, I have a problem with guilt. I worry that wanting to keep her is selfish - and she might be much happier elsewhere where she can be the only dog. Bonnie is very much a princess - she would thrive in that type of environment. Is it selfish for me to keep her when I know this? What would be in Bonnie's best interest?
Thanks in advance for your time and thoughtful answers!
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