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Pets and Divorce?

My husband and I are going through a divorce and I will be moving. We currently live on a ranch and have two dogs. One is a Border Collie mix who lives to watch the horses, he is about 6 years old and we found him about 4 years ago. He is more connected with me than with my husband, but doesn't spend too much time with either of us as he is most concerned about what the horses are doing.

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The other dog is a Jack Russel, also found, he is about 5 years old and we have had him for 4 years. I am the cuddle person for him, but he spends more time with my husband, doing chores on the ranch.

I want to know what would be best for them with regard to our divorce. If they come with me they will get better care, more nurturing, etc. but the Border Collie will have to be penned during the day and will be in a confined, though somewhat large space the rest of the time. I would certainly take him for walks, etc., but he won't have the horse or the ranch. The Jack Russell would be in a pen during the day (he is now) and with me in the house at night, but would not have the hours of ranch time he has with my husband. My gut says that they would be happier on the ranch and will get over my absence, but my fear is that the level of care will decrease. They would be fed and have shelter and the Jack Russell would be with my husband quite a bit, but they would not have as much nurturing, petting, and one on one play with me. I want what is best for the dogs. What do you think?

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By KelliC

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November 5, 20140 found this helpful

You can get visitation rights.

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July 7, 20150 found this helpful

Both dogs need to remain on the ranch. They are working breeds, the collie thinks supervising the horses is his job and the JR gets the rodents. These dogs don't need a lot of nurturing and a few pats and "good boys" from hubby will keep them happy.

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