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She will be devastated without him, what can I do to ease the burden? The dog is going to miss her and she will miss him. I have other siblings but that dog is her life and she is his. She is going to be heart broken without him and he will be a mess without her. All he knows is her and my brother will take the dog but he also has 3 of his own, and mom's dog hasn't been with other dogs, it's only been mom and him. Help this is so hard and I don't know what to do to make it easy for both. The dog is 12 and my other siblings think we should put him down. I don't want to do that, I want him to stay with mom but she needs to follow the rules of the assisted living home and take him out by leash, pick up after him. He will bark when she is not in sight so that is another reason he won't be able to be with her, cause he will bother the other tenants because of his barking. This is so hard for all of us but will be so hard for mom and her dog. What suggestions does anyone have out there.

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You might even be able to find someone, such as the laid off animal shelter worker I mentioned, who could be interested in developing a clientele at the AL; then you'd be helping not only your mother but others with pets there.
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Have you spoken with the facility about this? My mom is in a similar situation - she has both a dog and a cat and is not able to walk the dog or clean the cat box because of mobility issues, but the assisted living facility has RA's that help her (and other residents) and just charge a little extra every month for the added service. If your facility doesn't already do this, suggest it, or ask if there are other options. Some places are stricter than others; I feel lucky to have found one that is so helpful.

GardenArtist above also had a great idea - to find someone local who can come in to provide the service, but they would need to be there most of the time since Mother Nature doesn't follow work schedules! If you're lucky, there might be other residents who could also benefit from the service.

Good luck - you shouldn't have to put a healthy pet to sleep!
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Good advice from Pam. A Caesar type trainer might be able to address the barking.

Is she able to put the dog on a leash and pick up after him? If not, I'm wondering if there's a possibility someone who loves animals could get paid to do this? I was thinking of youngsters working on scout badges for animal care, or someone who has a dog walking service - that would be better yet because the individual would have more free time.

Years ago there was a fellow on a website I visited regularly who just loved animals and had been laid off from his job at a shelter. So he started a dog walking service. He remained close to the animals he loved, and the owners found someone to take care of their dog's strolling needs.

Someone like this could probably pick up extra money walking other AL residents' dogs as well.
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I would talk to a trainer about this. The dog has to be evaluated anyway, for proper behavior. See what the trainer suggests, especially if he thinks mom can handle the potty calls. Don't give up just yet.
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