As sons of God, believers enjoy full claim to the inheritance of the kingdom of God, and can “stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage” Gal 4:7 I have a question and a story I want to share but need help. I understand this scripture and I know that God loves us all and I know that when we come to the saving knowledge of Jesus as our Lord and Savior we are adopted by Him according to this scripture. I understand that pretty well, and I understand that if God brings me a child through another mother I will accept this child as my own without a doubt or so at least I thought. In December 2011, my husband and adopted a rescue dog that was going to get euthanized, she was runaway dog and had some markings like she was either abuse or just was at the wrong place and the wrong time I guess. When we got her on Pet Adoption day, she was so tiny and so sweet and not a bit hyper like the other dogs and we feel in love with her. What I loved the most that she was about 12-18 months and was told she was house broken. My husband had her for about 30 minutes and then after a while went to carry another dog or play with another dog. As he set her down, I was curious and carried her and fell in love with her kindness and calmness and I asked my husband if we could adopt her and of course he said “no.” We have Tessie and Milo and even though they are Jack Russell Terriers they are quite behaved and I just wrote a poem about my girl dog Tessie yesterday. We weren’t really looking for another dog or needed to have another one, I just wanted her because I wanted to give her a good home. Most of the dogs there were rescued and were brought to Pets Mart for adoption. I give those dog foster parents props for taking in these abuse, strays or runaways a home until they find a permanent home. My husband gave in and bought me Bella (which we named) and the first few days she was so sweet and I gave her so much attention and love and Tessie and Milo didn’t seem to mind. About 1-2 weeks later she became a terror. We couldn’t get her to stop peeing and pooping in the house and so we had this large crate that we would use and she would pee and poop in there so we took her to dog obedience classes and she was very quiet but didn’t really do her commands; so we practiced at home what we learned that week. In February, I told my husband that if she doesn’t straightened up by his birthday in March or by my birthday next Friday we are going to have to get rid of her. His birthday came and went and she was still being destructive and 2 weeks ago I felt as though God spoke to me.
We came home from church and decide to give Bella the same freedom that Tessie and Milo have and that’s not being confined. We figured she shouldn’t pee or poop anymore and much less be destructive because she wasn’t in the kennel which by the way made it a little smaller to confine her space (per trainer’s request). We got home she pee’d and pooped on one of my area rugs and was ruined one of my house slip ons not to mentioned that she chewed on something else, I was so livid that I ran out to the backyard and started to cry and said “Lord, help me find a new home for Bella, I can’t deal with her anymore, that’s it!” It was almost like a gentle whisper that I heard “Tri, if you can’t deal Bella that is a dog, how will you deal with an adoptive child, you can’t give it back because it doesn’t behave.” God may not love my bad behavior at times but He still loves me.
I am at wit’s end, I don’t know what to do with Bella, I’m not going to give her up but I don’t know what else to do for behavior issues. Please help, I am tired and out of alternatives of what I should do?She has managed to destroy a baby gate, ruined 2 pairs of flip-flops, 2 runners and 3 area rugs. She is a Chaweenie part Chihuahua and part Daschund weighs 5-7 lbs, I need more peace because I will be going on vacation next month and my mother in law is the one that watches my doggies whenever we leave and she knows about Bella’s behavioral problems. Don’t know what to do?