And life goes on

We had to make a very difficult decision several weeks ago. My sweet little FuzzyBritches has moved out. He’s a trucker now.

JinBao is a sweet dog. He loves his mama, and the hubby, and the Monkey. The Bean…well not so much. JinBao has always actively ignored the baby and those who were holding him. Unfortunately, as Finn became more mobile he expressed an interest in the dog. He wanted so bad to play with the dog and be around the dog. JinBao on the other hand wanted nothing to do with the Bean and began becoming aggressive towards him. If he saw the baby crawling to him, he would growl and move off. Finn attempted to snack on some of Fuzzy’s kibble a few times and that was NOT okay, which I understand. I wouldn’t want a baby pawing through my dinner either (wait that happens every night at the table).

I was also black listed for having the baby. JinBao doesn’t like me anymore. Oh he doesn’t mind me petting him, etc. but he isn’t happy with me. He made his displeasure known by leaving me little “surprises”. When the Bean and I would pack up and go visit in NY…JinBao would be perfectly behaved with no accidents. Let me tell you I was not happy about this, especially deciding which was worse for Finn to be crawling through, poo or chemicals to clean said poo.

So, we found JinBao a new home. We were looking for some place where he could be “the baby” again. We had stipulations and were really happy with the outcome. A really nice gentleman who drives truck to our area several times a week noticed our ad. He and his wife have a 16 year old sheltie at home who used to be his “trucker buddy”. He’s too old to travel like that anymore so they were looking for a small dog who travels well. Aha! They are also a couple whose kids are all grown and gone. Double aha! We also get visitation rights. We can have JinBao for the day when he is in town picking up a load.

It was a lot harder than I though it would be to say goodbye. I did okay and didn’t cry. JinBao happily lept into the brand new semi (all the bells and whistles) and headed straight for the sleeper cab. When we got home I walked into the house and saw the empty spot on the kitchen floor where his dishes usually were…and lost it. Over then next few days I found myself wondering where he was. When I would walk in, I would wait to be greeted by that little wagging tail. Or when I would leave I would put my hand behind me and say, “Stay” to no one.

It’s getting easier, simply because I know this is best for everyone and JinBao is the baby again.


8 Responses to And life goes on

  1. Emily says:

    Aww, sweety, I’m so sorry! What an awful decision to have to make. It sounds like the outcome is a good one, but of course it’s still going to hurt. 😦 Hugs to you.

    • traceyleezle says:

      It does suck. I just feel awful. The thing that bugs me the most is that Finny really wanted to play with JinBao, and if the dog had just “gotten over it” he probably would have had a bestest buddy for life. Instead he decided he’d rather try to bite him.

  2. I’m sad/happy for you; I hope JinBao enjoys his new experiences.

    • traceyleezle says:

      I do think he will be much happier. I just wish he could have got over his jealousy. Finny wanted to pet him and love on him so badly, they could have been great buddies. Now Finny just flops on the cat and hugs him, which I find amusing. Evanrude takes it and even shares his food with Finny. I was worried that the cat wouldn’t like the baby.

  3. Chris says:

    Sorry to hear that JinBao can’t be yours anymore, but glad that you found him a wonderful new home.

    • traceyleezle says:

      Oh Chris, this whole thing has been awful. It was such a hard decision. I never felt safe leaving the room if the dog and baby were together. He just kept getting more and more hostile and snippy towards Finny. It drives me nuts because JinBao wanted to be loved on and Finny wanted to love on him the most. He wanted so badly to play with the dog and hug him, but JinBao wouldn’t let him near him, or if he managed to get near he was greeted with a growl and teeth.

      I miss him, but I know it’s for the best and he is being spoiled rotten.

  4. amandacathleen says:

    ((hugs)) what a hard, but important decision you guys made. How wonderful that you will be able to see JinBao once in a while

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