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From: Keith ( -
Subject: Goodbye Caine
Date: February 4, 2011 at 6:23 pm PST

Well, unfortunately, we weren't able to keep Caine the doberman. It wasn't his fault. He was a sweet dog. His old injuries weren't causing problems, other than poor vision.

However, the cats couldn't adapt to his being there. The few times they ventured out of the basement, he chased them. He was only curious - probably just wanted to sniff their butts - but they couldn't get over being chased. They spent all their time cowering in the basement, eyes wide with stress. Perhaps, in time, they could have adapted - or perhaps not. We had to decide quickly, because it wouldn't be fair to the dog to let him bond to us and then not keep him.

So, we took him back to the rescue lady. She wasn't at all happy. The previous attempt to adopt him had ended with a return, too, for a trivial reason. She clearly considered our returning him to be for a trivial reason too. Obviously not a cat person, she considered a cat hiding for weeks to be normal.

Well, normal or not, we just couldn't do that to our kitties. Owen, the male cat, is insecure and emotionally fragile at the best of times. For him to not be able to sit on his Mommy's lap for ten days was tragic.

So, we have accepted that, as long as the cats are still with us, we can't have a dog. :(


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