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#6134405 - 01/13/16 06:32 PM Swore I'd Never do this
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Let me preface this with, I have always looked down on folks who did this, so losing respect from some of you is what I am expecting and I am gonna accept that.
Last year, December 2014, right after graduation my parents bought me a GSP. I had been wanting one, it was a lonely time of life job hunting, I was in a house with a huge yard and at the time it was a great idea. I landed a job in Austin, and frankly its so dang expensive. Financially I can only afford an apartment, and Amos has suffered. We have made it since May of 2015, until now living in a 600 square foot apartment. We ride our bike twice a day, 5 miles each time and I come home at lunch and let him out. It keeps him at bay slightly. But yet, I know it is not enough. When I get home it just breaks my heart. When I see him playing in friends yards and just being happy go lucky I know I am doing him wrong. After much much prayer and with a very heavy heart I need to look into re-homing him. He is a great dog, never met a stranger. Comes from J & K Kennels outta Azle, Texas. Has papers that will come with him. He is neutered. Is great with other dogs, and children. He is woah broke, house trained, kennel trained, has been on pen raised birds, retrieves decently and minds well. In no way is he a finished dog, but he is definitely on a great path.
My stipulation is this-he WILL NOT go somewhere that puts him in a kennel in the back yard only pulls him out to hunt him. I love this dog dearly, and that is why we are doing what we are.
If you want some additional info please feel free to call me. I am located in Austin.
I dont want a dime for him, just a great home that will love him for the special dog he is. Please give me a shout if you are interested at all, or know someone who might be.
Andrew - 817-487-7232
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#6134418 - 01/13/16 06:41 PM Re: Swore I'd Never do this [Re: Baylor_Bears]
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You brought a tear to my eye. Someone should jump n him.
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#6134422 - 01/13/16 06:42 PM Re: Swore I'd Never do this [Re: bill oxner]
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Originally Posted By: bill oxner
You brought a tear to my eye. Someone should jump n him.


It breaks my heart Bill, it really does
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#6134429 - 01/13/16 06:46 PM Re: Swore I'd Never do this [Re: Baylor_Bears]
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Post it on the upland forum also.
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#6134442 - 01/13/16 06:51 PM Re: Swore I'd Never do this [Re: Baylor_Bears]
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Hope you find a good home for him. Post a picture each place you post the search.
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#6134898 - 01/14/16 12:04 AM Re: Swore I'd Never do this [Re: Baylor_Bears]
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I for one think you're doing right if you know it's what is best for HIM. The right thing to do isn't really ever the easy thing to do. You sound diligent in your search for the best home possible for him (not like you're just dumping him at the pound or free on Craigslist) and I for one, applaud your decision to let go of the desire to keep him and get him what he needs.

Best of luck finding Amos a new home.
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#6134980 - 01/14/16 06:49 AM Re: Swore I'd Never do this [Re: Baylor_Bears]
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Have you considered getting some roommates and renting a house? Three or four guys can rent a nice house cheaper per person than what one can rent an apartment. My buddies and I did it for yeas in San Angelo until we all got married. We all had bird dogs and hunted every chance we could. I'd do that before I Gave away a dog I had time and money in.

Just a thought.

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#6134987 - 01/14/16 06:59 AM Re: Swore I'd Never do this [Re: Baylor_Bears]
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Much respect for taking care of your dog. Good luck.
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#6135055 - 01/14/16 07:44 AM Re: Swore I'd Never do this [Re: Baylor_Bears]
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Do not be down about the decision. There was a time in my life where I had to do the same thing. It is hard but both of you will feel better in the end. My prayer is that he will be in a home where he will be loved and hunted.
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#6135120 - 01/14/16 08:27 AM Re: Swore I'd Never do this [Re: Baylor_Bears]
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If yall made it this far, I don't see why yall can't make it longer. I just wouldn't want you to do something you might regret later. It sounds like you give him plenty of exercise and you probably won't live in an apartment for
ever. I lived with two hunting dogs in an apartment up until about a month ago. They enjoyed meeting other people and dogs more than anything.
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#6135154 - 01/14/16 08:49 AM Re: Swore I'd Never do this [Re: Baylor_Bears]
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I'm with MS1454. I lived in an apt for 2 years with an English Pointer. Your pup's energy level will not always be at the level it is now. You could also look up a dog walker on dogvacay.com for that lunchtime walk or trip out of town. You could probably find a pet sitter in your complex. One of the leasing agents watched mine when I travelled. There's also plenty of professional trainers that offer boarding where dogs are well kept and get off season conditioning in. I'll bet you will be in a different living situation in a year or two and will still have many years left with Amos.

I think my dog Fran misses all the attention she received in the complex!

Hang in there. It's not too late to give it more time.


Edited by BAS (01/14/16 08:55 AM)

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#6135159 - 01/14/16 08:52 AM Re: Swore I'd Never do this [Re: Baylor_Bears]
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Man, if I was a bird hunter, I'd bring Amos into my pack today.
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#6135312 - 01/14/16 10:07 AM Re: Swore I'd Never do this [Re: Baylor_Bears]
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One thing your might think about... Even dogs that have free range in the back yard, spend 90% of the day laying around in one spot. It sounds like you give him plenty of activity, although it's a hassle to you now or you'd have behavior issues. Only you know what he needs. Good luck.
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#6135382 - 01/14/16 10:38 AM Re: Swore I'd Never do this [Re: DoubleB20]
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Originally Posted By: MS1454
If yall made it this far, I don't see why yall can't make it longer. I just wouldn't want you to do something you might regret later. It sounds like you give him plenty of exercise and you probably won't live in an apartment for
ever. I lived with two hunting dogs in an apartment up until about a month ago. They enjoyed meeting other people and dogs more than anything.


Originally Posted By: DoubleB20
One thing your might think about... Even dogs that have free range in the back yard, spend 90% of the day laying around in one spot. It sounds like you give him plenty of activity, although it's a hassle to you now or you'd have behavior issues. Only you know what he needs. Good luck.


I agree, sounds like he is getting plenty of love and exercise to me.
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#6135543 - 01/14/16 12:05 PM Re: Swore I'd Never do this [Re: Baylor_Bears]
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My buddy sent you a message

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