Toby is, and always has been, a great dog. He's stolen a big piece of my heart, and he's incredibly sweet and goofy. He just doesn't happen to like having Jolene in his space. He began exhibiting some aggressive behavior we hadn't seen before, and each day it got worse instead of better.
Jolene doesn't deserve that sort of treatment. She deserves to be in a home where there is so much love, and while Craig and I can give her plenty of love, she also deserves it from any other dogs in the home.
This was a really hard decision, and not one we made lightly. Many tears were shed, and my heart broke so many times. But Toby's quality of life, as well as Jolene's, shouldn't suffer because of what we want. I so so wish things had turned out differently. That Toby would wake up in the morning and suddenly be ok with Jolene being here. That he would realize, hey, it's kind of cool having another one of me here. But it didn't happen that way.
But we tried. We gave it a shot because we thought it would make Toby happy. We put time and energy into Jolene and I don't regret a moment of it. She's a great dog. She's going to make someone really happy. I just know it.
I'm going to miss Jolene, but I know she's off to better things and so are we. Everything will be ok in the end, but I'm still very sad she's not here anymore.