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How Can I rehome my beautiful Griffon Mix Dog 11 months?

It is with a heavy heart that I must advertise for a wonderful loving home for my 11 month old Griffon mix dog to be re-homed.
My situation is such that I am no longer able to look after him, as I have recently split from my partner and I work very long hours.
He is a wonderful,loving and obedient dog, who has been with our family,consisting of 2 children (13 &10) since January, when we acquired him from a rescue shelter. Since then my circumstances have changed drastically, and it will just not be kind, to keep the dog for long hours alone.
He is such a playful and intelligent dog, on our last visit to the vet, he recommended that we should take him for search and rescue training as he has good hunting skills.
He is good with other dogs and animals, although not sure about small animals, as we have had no contact with them.
He is not yet castrated, but we have already paid for this at the local vets, and this will happen before he will be re-homed.
This re-homing will leave my two children devastated, but they understand the situation,and we only want a loving home with someone who understands and is willing to give him attention and long walks.
The dog has all vaccinations up to date and is microchipped, registered in Zug, and has a passport.
Please contact me privately if you know of a wonderful home for him.
Thank you
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Re: How Can I rehome my beautiful Griffon Mix Dog 11 months?

Sorry to hear this muppetskin, but have you checked your contract with the rescue shelter that you can actually rehome? I know some shelters here you are effectively "loaned" your pet for life, but all major decisions must be made with the shelter's approval and there may be a clause in your contract to that effect. Or there may be one that says if for any reason you can no longer continue to look after your pet they must be returned to the shelter.

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Re: How Can I rehome my beautiful Griffon Mix Dog 11 months?

Could you perhaps post a picture?

We're thinking about adopting a friend for our Brownie, a spayed 5 yo female, about 6kg. But we'd like a dog that is already potty-trained, and perfectly safe around kids, as we have 3 (9, 4 and 1 yo).
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Re: How Can I rehome my beautiful Griffon Mix Dog 11 months?

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we acquired him from a rescue shelter.
Did you get the dog from a Swiss rescue?

Most rescues have a clause in the adoption contract that forbids you from handing the dog over to a third party without the rescue's consent. Most good rescues require you to return the dog to them, or to rehome through them, should you not be able to fulfill your responsibility to the dog. Many rescues retain legal ownership of the dog.

What does your adoption contract say?

And how are you listed in the ANIS database, as the owner (Besitzer) or as the keeper (Halter)?

This is important, as if you are not the clear owner, no strings ('in Auftrag von) you would not have the legal right to transfer ownership to the new family, the new family would not be able to register the dog in the ANIS database, causing a whole raft of legal headaches.

So first, please clarify the legal ownership situation.
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Re: How Can I rehome my beautiful Griffon Mix Dog 11 months?

So sorry to hear your dilemma. For anyone considering helping it is important to know that Griffons are hunting dogs. My avatar, Bella was also a Griffon mix and we found out about her hunting skills when she, at 7 months managed to kill a rabbit, she also dispatched a hare that was running across a field and was very successful at hunting pheasants in the corn fields of Belgium. We learnt to read her body language to prevent these incidents but never conquered her will to hunt. Lovely dogs though. I do hope you find a good solution.
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My dog is the most gentle thing, but thank you for your concern and replies.
I will check the contract and have contacted the rescue home.
The vet said was a Griffon mix but we have no proof, except he kinda looks like one.
The data base does say that Im only lending him, but I will see if the rescue home would be happy for me to rehome him, as they would only incurr all the expenses with him.
I will post pics as soon as I get back from my LOOONG day at work.
Thank s to all agian..

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Could you perhaps post a picture?

We're thinking about adopting a friend for our Brownie, a spayed 5 yo female, about 6kg. But we'd like a dog that is already potty-trained, and perfectly safe around kids, as we have 3 (9, 4 and 1 yo).

He was house trained the first day we had him.
He is clearly a very intelligent and dilligent dog, very easily trained.
I take him outside in the morning and tell him to do a wee and he does it straight away.
Great with kids and other dogs, very sociable and loving.
Funny too..
Keep in touch and I will give you more info.
Thankyou very much
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Re: How Can I rehome my beautiful Griffon Mix Dog 11 months?

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The data base does say that Im only lending him, but I will see if the rescue home would be happy for me to rehome him, as they would only incurr all the expenses with him.

I do not think you have the right to rehome him but honestly, he is young, and handsome - Thank you for posting the pic - and I do not think it will be difficult to rehome him at all.


Good on you for adopting him and I am sorry your circumstances do not permit you to keep him. Putting his needs first is very unselfish on your part.

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Re: How Can I rehome my beautiful Griffon Mix Dog 11 months?

It's a lovely dog. I can't help and I'm sorry you had to make such a hard decision, but I will keep my fingers crossed for a positive outcome.
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Re: How Can I rehome my beautiful Griffon Mix Dog 11 months?

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I will check the contract and have contacted the rescue home.

The data base does say that Im only lending him, but I will see if the rescue home would be happy for me to rehome him, as they would only incurr all the expenses with him.
I'm glad that you are in contact with the rescue and are making sure that rehoming is done legally.

A few suggestions:

If the rescue allow you to rehome him yourself, get that in writing. There is still the issue of the ANIS registration, as you, the Halter, do not have legal standing to transfer ownership. Only the rescue can do that - there is a transfer form that needs to be filled out with ANIS, and it needs to match current database entries. So make sure you discuss with the rescue the steps to ownership transfer, make sure you understand the process.

The rescue might be amenable to allowing the dog to stay with you while they take over rehoming. This isn't too common in Switzerland, but if you felt that staying in your home would be a better step for your dog than returning to kennels perhaps you could suggest it. This would give the dog the comfort of staying in your home but the protection of the rescue's knowledge and network in finding a forever home. The reason this is not too common in Switzerland is the logistics of meetings, assessment, travel involved for a member of staff, etc - again, a discussion with the rescue. You would also have to be available and amenable to strangers coming to your home to meet the dog.

Be aware that should you be given permission (and the legal standing) to rehome the dog yourself, you are responsible not only for assessing prospective adopters, but also you should ensure that a prospective adopter has done the SKN Theory course, or is excused under the usual legal critera.

One of the downsides to rehoming yourself is that you leave the dog without protection in the future. Look at your own situation - you are unable to fulfill your responsibilities to the dog. In this case your dog as back-up in the form of the rescue. If rehomed privately, are you in a position to take the dog back should the second family also be unable to fulfill their responsibility? I would guess not, or you would not be in this situation in the first place. That is why rescues retain ownership, that is why many rescues insist on the dog returning to them - as a measure of protection for the dog.
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Re: How Can I rehome my beautiful Griffon Mix Dog 11 months?

He looks like a lovely dog, so sorry to hear that you're having to rehome. How big is he? It's hard to tell from the photo.
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Re: How Can I rehome my beautiful Griffon Mix Dog 11 months?

He's gorgeous! Kids I are in love

But how big is he indeed? What's his weight? And does he shed a lot of hair?
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Re: How Can I rehome my beautiful Griffon Mix Dog 11 months?

He looks such a gentle soul. I am indeed sorry that you find yourself in this situation. I do so hope a solution will be found in the not too distant future.
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Re: How Can I rehome my beautiful Griffon Mix Dog 11 months?

It's clear you've thought this through carefully, so I'm sure you've considered this too, but if your kids are 13 & 10, are they not old enough to look after him while you're at work? School hours are surely not as long as your work hours and a half-day alone is reasonable?
He looks lovely, I don't think there'll be any difficulty finding him a new home if that really is the only option
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I have spoken to the rescue home, and they have to take him back as it is written in the contract (all in German!!). She is a wonderful person at the shelter, but he must go there.
If anyone is interested I can arrange for contact with the lady at the shelter and make sure that he doesnt suffer too much, as it is surely heartbreaking to think he will be in a kennel with other dogs for a while. ( Although I am sure he will see it as a holiday for a bit,as he gets on well with other dogs!!)
Thanks for all the replies. If anyone would like to keep in contact regarding his rehoming , keep on with the thread

Thanks again

Here are some more pics..

My eldest son has no lunchbreak, as he takes extra German lessons at lunchtime,so doesnt come home, and my youngest must go to Mittagstisch. Their school hours are from 07.30 - 16.00.My problem is also the financial situation also, - one salary - not a big one! We are not expats, swiss schools and low salary, and now I pay for all the family. Any vets bills with cripple us.
It surely is losing a member of the family...
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It surely is losing a member of the family...
Don't look at it that way. There are many members here who have "gained a family member" as a result of rehoming. I think I speak for others when I say we are the lucky ones.

Not everyone has the courage to make a tough decision and put their pet's needs first.
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Re: How Can I rehome my beautiful Griffon Mix Dog 11 months?

Thank you for all your heartfelt replies.
I have some good news.
I have spoken to my rescue home lady and she is happy for me to find a home for him and she will do all the paper work.
He will be castrated on Sep 01, and thereafter he will be able to be rehomed.
Please contact me if you are seriously interested in rehoming him, and then he would not need to go back to the shelter.
Please find a space in your hearts and your home for this wonderful dog.
Thank you
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Re: How Can I rehome my beautiful Griffon Mix Dog 11 months?

He looks like a gorgeous boy, and my thoughts keep going back to him...

What's his approximate weight? Just to try to estimate his size, it's hard to say from the pics! And does he shed a lot of hair?
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Hi,
Last weight was 20kg.
Hes approx the height of a Labrador, but not the bui!d.
Hes a slight build but very fluffy and raggy looking.
Hes shedding at the moment as hes just been in Italy in the heat, but ususlyy not so much. I have a furminator and the best thing ever invented, so not much shedding takes place!
I know I may be biased, but he is a truly lovely, loving and wonderful, social and gentle animal.
Doesnt mind showers, can be left alone in the flat, never chewed anything when he was a pup.Quiet yet protective.. when we took him camping this summer he slept outside the tent and barked when some opportunist approached the tent! Hes very loyal and just loves kids.
Please think carefully and I can send you more pics.
Thank you

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Thank you for all your heartfelt replies.
I have some good news.
I have spoken to my rescue home lady and she is happy for me to find a home for him and she will do all the paper work.
He will be castrated on Sep 01, and thereafter he will be able to be rehomed.
Please contact me if you are seriously interested in rehoming him, and then he would not need to go back to the shelter.
Please find a space in your hearts and your home for this wonderful dog.
Thank you


Good news that you are able to find a home for him. I hope he finds a new home and I truly hope that if it is with an expat family who are here permanently, while none of us can predict the future, relocation with pets is not always easy. This is something to take into consideration.

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This dog is making me so puppy-broody!
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