As i'm perusing a site that lets owners post their dogs for rehoming I am struck again and again by the reasons they give for giving the dog up. "I just don't have time for it any more" translation: "I have time for it but the novelty of owning a dog has worn off and I don't want to deal with it anymore" "Our childs allergies have just gotten out of control" translation "Now that we have a kid our dog doesn't mean anything to us anymore and saying the kid has allergies is an easy out, noone expects us to give up our kid for our dog" "Were moving out of town/state/country and can't take him with us" translation: "Of course we could take him with us if we actually WANTED to, but...well this new place is nice and the dog (pick one) smells/drools/farts/digs in the lawn/scratches at the door/tracks in mud" "Were getting divorced so we can't keep him" translation "Its as good an excuse as any to get rid of the dog we don't care about anymore anyways." They all act as if its a great heartbreak to have to "give up" their dog (giving up on the dog is more like it). "Oh i'm so sad I can't keep him but its just not FAIR to him to have him in these conditions" BS. You got a dog because it was cute/adorable/a novelty, and when it wasn't a perfect dog (cause theres no such thing) and you actually had to spend more than 20 minutes one time to have it trained to perfection you decided to "Give it up". Its exactly like the time my older sister got a baby bunny for her 4 yr old son for christmas one year, and by easter it had been dumped at animal control because my sister didnt want to take care of it anymore. The novelty wore off and exposed the fact that you didn't care. ...whew, sorry! It's that time of the month and i'm depressed from missing Atlas. Plus i've been searching all day and no luck on finding a new dog to adopt.