This is a big one.

About 2 weeks ago, we gave Pesto away.

We were all just sitting down for dinner when we saw Pesto with ears folded and tail tucked between his legs, looking scared. We investigated and saw a trail (really? he couldn't just stay in one spot?) of pee from the family room to the mudroom. Obviously, he knew what he did was wrong, but instead of telling us that he had to go (which I know he’s fully capable of), he made this mess that resulted in hubby yelling and Anna crying. It wasn’t the first time it ever happened, but it did finally push us over the edge.

The truth is – We haven’t been happy with the dogs for a long time now. We talked about giving them away, like I wrote about it here, but never did anything beyond talking because we hoped things would get better. I can go on and on about how much work and energy it takes to care for two small dogs on top of Anna, but I won’t. After all, we signed up on this entirely on our own, so I shouldn’t complain.

But I had to face reality. Our growing family couldn't care of two small high-maintenance dogs. One of them had to go. And since Pesto is more happy-go-lucky, warms up to anyone, and the root cause of all the yelling and screaming in our household, we decided that he would be the one.

Fortunately, I don’t need to feel too guilty. We gave Pesto to hubs’ sister, who has two dogs of her own. She is kind and patient that I have no doubt that Pesto is safe & happy there. In fact, she wrote me this the other day, “Pesto's a lot of fun, he's cheery and happy all the time, never seems to be bored. We love this little guy.”

Whew, so glad to hear.

I never expected us to be one of those who give their dog away after the kid comes into the picture. But we tried…really hard…for 18 months...and it just didn’t work out.

I am okay with that.
Anna & Pesto
Photo taken back in July 2011.


  1. Precious picture - I wonder if Anna will remember Pesto later on.

    Times change and ... things change. I'm glad you found a good home - and it sounds like everyone is happy with where Pesto is now.

    Time to close this chapter and start a new one. Baby B will soon be here.

  2. Aww, at least he's in the family and has other little friends to pal around with. I know the feeling, even though it was only me and one dog. I'm sure it was harder with everything else you've got going. I'm glad he went to a good home too.

  3. Oh, I know how hard of a decision that is. We are *still* dealing with the same thing. We loved our cats pre-Ephram, and we still love them, but it's just too much work, especially considering we want to add another baby to our family someday soon. Really don't want to have to go through another 9 months of reminding my husband to do the cat litter either... I am getting closer and closer to being okay about giving the two we have left away.

  4. Somthings Gotta GiveOctober 7, 2011 at 11:09 PM

    There was just no time left in this little house to give him the attention he needed. If Pargo wasn't really a cat in dog's clothing, we'd have to get rid of him too. Two working parents and two kids are going to make for tough times ahead. Pesto is better off for sure.

  5. @ donya: I was okay with giving Pesto away so when it happened, it wasn't anything traumatic. It was for the best - I didn't want Anna growing up hearing us yell at Pesto all the time. It was sad, but we had to do what was best. As long as you find your cats a good home, I think you would be okay too. Good luck.


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