Louis is a small schnoodle, nearly 14 years old. We took him in before kids came about when he was just over 6. His previous owner married a man who perceived Louis' protective nature over the woman a nuisance and they were not willing to work with him. He spent the majority of his time crated.
When he came to live with us, he was timid and very protective of me. He came with me everywhere, he was my first baby. His position on the totem pole did get knocked down a few notches when DD was born, and he suffered ulcers and many months of stress. We rallied and worked to get him better integrated with the baby, and all was relatively well for a few years.
As he is getting older, his odor and grumpy personality are making our lives unpleasant. DD (5yo) doesn't like him anywhere near her, and admittedly, DH and I are reluctant to pet and love on him like before. He paces everywhere on our hardwood, and the sound is greatly bothersome for me. He also nipped at the baby (5mo) when I had ds on my lap and he just touched the fur on his back. I know his hearing is nearly gone and his sight is questionable, I don't blame Louis for nipping at all, it is just a wake up call for what could happen by accident.
So, DH came home from work the other day saying that he has a coworker that would be interested in taking Louis. We had no intention of re-homing him, but apparently this woman grew up with a schnoodle, and when DH mentioned that the poor guy gets a less than warm reception at home, she offered to meet him and possibly take him off our hands.
I'm torn. I want what is best for him, but I'm not sure what that is. I worry that re-homing might cause a surge in his anxiety. But, it could quite possibly improve his quality of life. She obviously works and he would likely be alone more than he is now. But, is being alone worse than being ignored and shushed all the time??? I'm not sure
Thanks for reading all of this! If you have any input, I would greatly appreciate it.