Governor Rick Scott was applauded back in 2010 when he adopted a rescue dog. Reagan was a 7-year-old yellow Lab. But the family bonding didn't last long.
Three days after Governor Scott was inaugurated in 2011, Reagan apparently bit a staffer in the Governor's Mansion. Just recently, reporters noticed there weren't any new pictures of Reagan, and so they asked Governor Scott where he was.
This what he said: "He was the sweetest dog you could imagine. But when he got into the mansion, he didn't like everybody carrying things around. So he barked loudly, at people. So I gave him back to the prior owner."
He flew Reagan on his private jet back to Naples, to the rescue group where he got him.
But it brings up the issue of rescue animals and returning them if things don't work out.
Wendy Pape is with KETCH Dog Training in Tampa. She says every dog needs to get acclimated to their new home, first.
"So for any dog, I would bring home, I would put structure on, and build my relationships. Like two days to spend with the dog so the dog learns to trust where it's at, and you," Pape said.
She went on to say that some matches just don't work out.
"When you pick a dog out, it's like a marriage. It's supposed to be for life. And there's some temperaments that don't mix, and you can't change some of that."
Pape suggests if there are behavior issues, to first seek out a trainer.
"Make sure the behavior isn't a result of the relationship that developed in this household. That it can't be changed by just some structure issues," she said.
But in the end, a dog may just not be suitable with your family. Pape says any reputable rescue group will take the dog back.
"They require you to bring the dog back to them. They are trying to find the best match for this dog, so even if it is a mismatch, it gives the rescue group more information on who would be the correct match," Pape explained.
Giving a dog back may be the hardest decision to make, but it may be the best decision for everyone involved.
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