Today may be the last day that Jake is our dog. I have told a couple of people that we have, with heavy hearts, made the decision to find a new home for him.
Over the last six months or so he has developed attachment issues with Jon and has panic attacks as soon as it looks like Jon is leaving the house. In the day he g outdoors and lies on the floor by the gate waiting for Jon to come home. He comes round but on top of that he is totally unable to deal with the boys - you cannot tell a 9 and 10 year old to always be quiet because they are upsetting the dog; because of this he doesn't even like going on a walk when they come and as soon as they enter the room he leaves.
For the sake of Jake's mental health we think this is the best thing. Border Collies can be highly strung and temperamental but Jake's situation is not something that we feel can be trained out of him, he needs to have a life somewhere that he will be molly coddled and spoilt.
We have found a lady and her husband in Crewe who sound fantastic. It so happens we are going to visit my father in law in Nantwich tomorrow so we can take him for a house visit.
Jon is going to take Jake for the visit as we don't want the boys to get upset when they have realised what is going to happen. I truly just want him to go to people who can love him for what he is which is a bit softy and I think I would find it hard to say goodbye to him.
So I am collecting up his things to take with us incase he does leave us tomorrow. This is a sad thing that we have to do but it is the best decision.