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Coco's Brother :(

Posted: 08 Mar 2013, 02:26
by Cococabana
Unfortunately Coco's brother (from same litter), has to be rehomed as his owner has developed an allergy to him. I feel so sad for him as he's a lovely dog and is very loved by his owners. They are going to contact the trust to have him rehomed, I feel particularly sad as he'll probably be far away :( Have considered taking him myself but our wish was to rehome another doodle in a few years time when Coco is a little more settled, I'm really torn about this, it may be the right thing to do? If I give it a trial I know I'll want to keep him and this might not be fair to him (I wouldn't re-home him again), but... oh I'm so torn :?: :?: :?:

Re: Coco's Brother :(

Posted: 08 Mar 2013, 07:43
by hockborn
on the positive side you know the breeder and the type of doodle you will be getting, that should save a lot of problems in searching for the right doodle in the long run. If it were me I would at least go there with my doodle if possible to see how they get on. If it is not a good partnership you will then know and put your mind at rest, if it is great then you have an ideal companion. If you do not go you may be living with what if's... however in cases like these you need to lead with your head rather than your heart- difficult I know!!! Good luck but it is a lovely dilema to have if you think about it. :) :). As for your comment about being the right thing to do with you just being concerned enough to worry about his welfare only goes to how what a caring person you are . If you don't want to rehome him it is not wrong in fact insome ways you know the timing is not right for you and this would could effect his settling in. so that would be the right thing for him.

Re: Coco's Brother :(

Posted: 08 Mar 2013, 08:12
by Doodle Dee
I wouldnt like your decison!!!! Perhaps if you met the other pup and had a trial it wouldnt work - so could you just have a trial - sort of foster it until it goes to aother home. Coco may not like it and I think Coco comes first, obviously. :(

Look at your plans for a future dog, what were the reasons for waiting until Coco was 3+. If the reasons still stand then that's your answer also :)

You know the Trust does only rehome to a "vetted" home so you don't need to worry about that so do you need to be that concerned.:)

Re: Coco's Brother :(

Posted: 08 Mar 2013, 08:29
by Lexi-dood
I think I would be seriously tempted to rehome him if I was in your position. There are pros and cons in everything, but I think the pros outweigh the cons in this case - you know his background, coco would be happier with him than an unknown dog etc. The only con I can see is the timing but if you wait another few years Coco may not adapt to having a playmate and the right dog may not come along ......

Re: Coco's Brother :(

Posted: 08 Mar 2013, 10:45
by Maggie111
It is sad but presuming Coco and his brother are less than a year old I would say no. They do say that taking in another dog when your own is so young will make the dogs bond with each other and not with you. You'll need to train them separately and walk them separately sometimes too.

But then, I'm a bit of a hard cow sometimes.

Re: Coco's Brother :(

Posted: 08 Mar 2013, 13:09
by Bid
Well ......Coco is over a year old so not THAT young and she will have already bonded with you. Does she have any training issues that you are concerned about? If not, then if it were me I would be sorely tempted.

Re: Coco's Brother :(

Posted: 08 Mar 2013, 13:19
by Maggie111
Bid wrote:Well ......Coco is over a year old so not THAT young and she will have already bonded with you. Does she have any training issues that you are concerned about? If not, then if it were me I would be sorely tempted.
Aww how sad - to have kept the dog for over a year hoping the allergies would improve before realising that his coat didn't change etc.

I don't think a trial for a week or two would be too upsetting - just think of it like a home-boarding. Perhaps it will also help the other family decide if it's definitely the right thing to do?

Re: Coco's Brother :(

Posted: 08 Mar 2013, 19:52
by Cate
I would give it a go, look at it as a holiday for her brother to start with. I will admit it isn't always easy, but when you see them playing together etc it will bring a smile to your face, and when they egg each other on to do naughty things. As you know I have 6 dogs and they are all under 3 years, sometimes I think this is bloody hard work, but you know I wouldn't change a thing.

Re: Coco's Brother :(

Posted: 08 Mar 2013, 19:57
by ClareV
Still just the six, eh, Cate? Not built that extension yet? You must spend half the day dog walking! :lol:

Re: Coco's Brother :(

Posted: 08 Mar 2013, 20:04
by Cate
Yes, still 6 and the table has gone lol. Take them all out together, open the door at 6 in the morning and off they go, I live on a narrow 1 way road and 50 yards to the top is open fields, they go do their pee's and then come back and make sure I'm coming. Having so many they knacker each other out

Re: Coco's Brother :(

Posted: 08 Mar 2013, 21:14
by MrsAdmin
Well, both dogs are over 1 and know each other well. Unless you have any issues with training your girl, then go for it.

You want another dog and I have found that having two Doodles within a week of each other in age has been bloomin hard work but has also been an absolute dream combination in so many ways. They really are happy together, work as a team and I have no qualms about them being anxious alone when I am not with them. It's just got better and better as they have got older.

We re-homed Beccles at 10 months old, a complete Wild Child, not house trained and with her only idea of recall being to stay out of arm's length in case someone grabbed her and locked her up. It took us a year to crack that one. :roll:

If this boy is so loved and trained and the two dogs get on, then foster him, with a view to adoption, for 6 months. If it isn't working, or, realistically, you can't afford two dogs, THEN consider putting him into a home more suited to him via the Trust. He will still be young enough to form bonds with a new family.

Puppies are lovely but a second dog, with one a puppy and one two years old or more means really double the work as they have totally individual needs and have to be treated as separate entities. Two dogs the same age are an instant pack and you can get on with life as one unit (if that makes sense).

Go for it. (you know you want to). :P

PS It costs £1,000 a year to properly care for a Doodle, £2,000 for two (or, in Jack's case, add a few more £000s for the increase in John Lewis insurance cists :twisted: :twisted: )

Re: Coco's Brother :(

Posted: 09 Mar 2013, 10:32
by Joan1
Hi , I would agree with the lady above . If you always had the intention of getting another dog then what an ideal opportunity to get one you already know & Coco likes him .

I think you mainly get the bonding issue when you take 2 puppies home from the same litter , i dont think it would be relevant in this case .

I got my rescue doodle from preloved last september and would love another . But having a rescue one requires a lot of training . mine hadnt been socialised or walked . You would know exactly what you were getting so wouldnt have those problems .

Last year I lost both my rescue labs . I got them together 10 years previously from North West Lab Rescue and they were 6 months apart in age . They were very close but they were also close to me .
Prior to that i had 2 rotties . My brother in law didnt want them any more . So for the last 15 years had 2 dogs .

Life with 2 dogs is great . not easy in terms of transport , settee space , space in the kitchen for beds etc when they are so big ,. And you never know who the thief was when you get home to find something eaten / torn apart etc !! but thats life with dogs . They love the company of each other .

Hope you make the right decision for you
Joan & cody x

Re: Coco's Brother :(

Posted: 11 Mar 2013, 00:03
by Cococabana
Hi All, just to let you know that Coco's brother was rehomed today to a lovely couple who wanted a Labradoodle and there is another Labradoodle in their extended family. A very difficult situation for his owners and us in the end. I had him overnight last night, Coco really enjoyed having a sleepover with her brother and he went off happily to his new owners today. A lovely ending to a very difficult situation. :)

Re: Coco's Brother :(

Posted: 11 Mar 2013, 00:25
by Cate
Maybe you can stay in touch and visit

Re: Coco's Brother :(

Posted: 11 Mar 2013, 00:34
by Cococabana
I'm in touch with Tracey who is the owners nephew, I did invite them to come along to the Labradoodle walks we have in Cannock, I hope they will :P