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Apparently for the first time yesterday, Shiloh's mother (who lives next door and owns the duplex) heard Padfoot and Keaton barking. Long story short, she said either Padfoot has to go, or all of us have to move. She apparently told Shiloh "I don't care if you're out on the street, starving." Shiloh says her mother's not willing to budge at all, and that she's not bluffing, and that if Padfoot isn't gone within a few days, she will kick us all out.

Obviously I can't let her and Jaime move out, so my next options are pretty limited. I can ask my parents if they'd be willing to take care of Padfoot, or I can find a new place to live with Padfoot. This really sucks because one of the main reasons that I decided to live HERE was because I could bring Padfoot with me. My other options from before have now been taken.

It's really so stupid really, because as much as I hate to say it, Padfoot isn't the problem. Keaton, their dog, is. Yes, the two of them get riled up, but Keaton is the insane barker. Padfoot's older (Keaton is a puppy), and he's a poodley mutt. Keaton is a hyperactive, extremely jumpy and scratchy Jack Russell puppy.

If I do end up living here without Padfoot, I'm going to be pretty upset. I love my dog so much. Living back home with Kelev would probably be good for him though. When he and Keaton are rough-housing, Padfoot ends up with bruises and scars from where Keaton bites him, on the neck and on the ears. That can't be healthy. He and Kelev always got along really well. I'm just scared that if Padfoot goes back to live with my parents, my dad will get mad that I'm not taking care of him, and that "he didn't sign on for this" and want to take him to the humane society.

I really don't know what to do. I don't want to move out-- I do like this place. But I like this place with my dog. And that's not an option anymore.

I haven't signed a lease (we talked about it, but I just realized it hadn't happened yet) so it's not like this is a breach of contract, kicking my Padfoot out.

This was originally going to be custom filtered so my roommates couldn't see it-- but obviously you guys can. I'm pretty bad at confrontation, and I know we didn't get much of a chance to talk about all this last night.

In other horrible news, I still have absolutely no voice.


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Aug. 31st, 2005 02:40 pm (UTC)
Just Padfoot has to go, or both dogs?

My sister had to get rid of her puppy, Andy, during spring so she sent him home to my mom's. My mom does still get annoyed over it and say things sometimes, but he's also really revitalized my older basset hound, Lucy, who had gotten kind of depressed since Danielle left for college. Andy and Lucy play together all the time, etc. So maybe as long as he's housebroken and generally well-behaved your dad won't mind having him around because he'll be good company for the family dog if you don't have other dogs at home. Just offer to still buy his food and come spend time with him and everything so they can at least see you're being responsible. I know it's not the ideal situation, but hopefully you can work something out.
Aug. 31st, 2005 02:48 pm (UTC)
I think just Padfoot has to go. My dad got annoyed over Padfoot even when I was living there, so I don't know how the situation would be if I wasn't
Aug. 31st, 2005 03:19 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a seriously difficult situation. For the short term (a few days), I'd say send Padfoot back to live with Mom and Dad. But you won't be happy and Dad won't be happy (Justifiably so. It's your dog, your responsibility. He's got every right to get annoyed.) Do you have any local friends who would be interested in fostering Padfoot?

Since you haven't signed a lease yet, maybe you could negotiate with your landlady directly. If she understands that you might leave (and take your rent with you), maybe you guys can compromise on the dog. There might be other issues involved too.

If not, you might have to find another place to live.
Aug. 31st, 2005 03:21 pm (UTC)
I think you should see if you can talk to Shiloh's mom. Go with shiloh if you want. See if you can negotiate a deal with her; apologize for all the barking. tell her your options are really limited and you moved in with the understanding that you could keep Padfoot, and that you had no idea the effect it would have on Keaton because Padfoot is usually well-behaved around other dogs and hasn't caused a problem like this before. Maybe she could give you a week to see if you can get them to stop barking at each other, and if not, then you'll move. Since Padfoot really only bothers dad at night, maybe you could drop Padfoot off with Kelev in the morning and pick him up when you go home from work. When you're home with Padfoot you can keep him in your room or away from the other dog somehow, or try to keep them from playing and fighting.
Aug. 31st, 2005 03:51 pm (UTC)
I know this whole situation sucks, and I really am sorry. Truly and completely 100% sorry that any of this had to happen. I know how I would feel if I were you, and I completely understand the decision you're having to make. I also know that Keaton is a bit of a wild one, which I'm sure is an understatement. Maybe there is some way that maybe padfoot can stay here on weekends? My mom is hardly ever here on weekends, so she wouldn't have to hear it, obviously. The other comments have offered some really good suggestions about how to handle this, but I promise you 100% that there is no negotiating with my mother. I faught for padfoot, i really did, I told her that we would do whatever it took to get the barking to stop etc, etc, she inturn told me that the barking wasn't really what bothered her, mostly just that he's here in general, and to further exert her power as owner, than told me that Jamie couldn't even have a fishtank because she just doesn't like animals. Period. I'll support whatever decision you make, I really hope you decide to stay, and if you do I'm sure there is SOMEthing we can do to at least make this whole thing a little bit easier to handle. I really want to talk about this with you more, so whenever you'd like to...
Aug. 31st, 2005 07:01 pm (UTC)
What if you offered to get him a bark collar? I know it's not ideal, but it'll teach him that barking's not ok if you're not around. Hell, offer to buy one for the other dog, too. Ask for a week. They're not all shock-collars, most just have a noise that they hate.
Aug. 31st, 2005 07:08 pm (UTC)
And I almost forgot- I'm in a very similar boat and it SUCKS. Guinness had been staying with my old Roomie, Danielle, while I got moved in. Dani lets her do whatever she wants (begging, getting on the bed, going in bedrooms, etc). Once I got her back, she was annoying the crap out of my new roommates because she was so badly behaved, and I felt badly about saying "just deal with it until I can retrain her!" Anyhow, it looks like Guinness is going to live with Danielle. She's ecstatic that I'm letting her keep Guin, but I'm pretty heartbroken.

Plus, with me moving to panama city, if we have a hurricane up there, we can't take her to a shelter! :(
Aug. 31st, 2005 08:59 pm (UTC)
This seems to weird to be coincidence... because one of my friends is now living with a Danielle (I'm semi-acquaintances with Danielle through friends) and there is a dog named Guinness...

Has to be the same, otherwise, that's one of the weirdest coincidences ever!
Aug. 31st, 2005 11:51 pm (UTC)
Which friend is it?

There's Dan, Jeremy, Kyle and.... some other guy. Brandon?

Sep. 1st, 2005 12:31 am (UTC)
LOL. That's so funny. Yeah, Dan, Jeremy, Kyle and Brandon. I went to high school with Dan, but I'm semi-friends with all the other guys too.

Seriously small world.
Sep. 1st, 2005 02:18 am (UTC)

Ok, I'm friends with Dan and his girlfriend, Adina.

And of course, Danielle:) But not so much any of the other guys.
Sep. 1st, 2005 05:06 am (UTC)
Funny stuff. Are you part of the hippy circle?
Sep. 1st, 2005 12:23 pm (UTC)
Not my thing, lol.

Every once in a while I'll meet Adina and Danielle there, though.

I'm a forestry major, so most of my classes are in Waldo at the school forest.

Sep. 1st, 2005 08:04 pm (UTC)
Cool =)

I actually met Adina separately, since we're both journalism majors we've had three classes together so far, met our very first summer at UF.

Like I said, small world =)
Aug. 31st, 2005 11:14 pm (UTC)
i know this is a long shot....silly suggestion even,because i doubt it would happen, but worst case scenario...you could ask rob if he wanted padfoot?

padfoot WAS your dog together...just an idea. he'll probobly kill me for even suggesting it.
Aug. 31st, 2005 11:52 pm (UTC)
I was thinking this as well.

If you don't want to deal with him but do want to give him Padfoot, I'm sure somebody would be a go between. I'd be happy to do it if you want to go that route.
Sep. 1st, 2005 12:50 am (UTC)
.. if you look back.. who is this?
Sep. 1st, 2005 12:49 am (UTC)
not happening
Sep. 1st, 2005 01:07 am (UTC)
I think Rob would rub it in her face so badly and start telling everyone "Oh, Melissa can't take care of Padfoot" and just bring up shit that doesn't need to be brought up.
Sep. 1st, 2005 01:20 am (UTC)
i dont think he would rub it in her face, i dont know that he would do it, seeing as how it would help her out, but it was a suggestion.

like the perosn who posted annonymous said, im sure theres sosmoen who wouldnt mind being a go between, and melissa wouldnt even have to ask him herself. i can ask him for her, and if he will take padfoot then fine im sure someone would eb able to drop padfoot off to him.

but melissa doesnt seem to want to give rob the dog anyway.
Sep. 1st, 2005 02:29 am (UTC)
That was me-- I don't know why livejournal didn't log me in! Oops.

Anyhow, my offer still stands- if you can't keep Padfoot but don't want to deal with Rob, I'd be happy to take him over there.
Sep. 1st, 2005 03:34 am (UTC)
I doubt this will help, but I know enough about Jack Russels to know that the damn thing isn't going to shut up even if Padfoot isn't there. Maybe you could ask the woman if Padfoot can stay if you get him a no-bark collar. Some just spray harmless citronella to keep the dog from barking.
Sep. 1st, 2005 05:33 am (UTC)
how do these no bark collars work? i'm curious. also... why does citronella keep them from barking?
Sep. 3rd, 2005 10:47 pm (UTC)
A sensor at the dog's throat senses the vibrations when the dog barks, and emits a spray of citronella, a smell which deters the dog because they don't like the smell, but it is harmless.
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