This is probably one of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make. Since I kept the house after my divorce, it made the most sense that I kept our 10 month old golden retriever, Sadie (pics below). Although my ex-wife really wanted her, she moved into an apartment and wasn't ready to take her. Now I'm coming to realize that I just don't have enough time for Sadie. She's young and playful, full of energy, and needs constant attention and training. I recently started a new job, which will eventually require more and more of my time. I want the best for her, but I don't think I can provide that. Now my ex-wife is constantly bugging me about the dog, saying she'd find a way to keep her. I know that she truly wants her, and would take great care of her (even while living in an apartment). She's even talking about doggy-day-care during the day while she's at work. I think this would give Sadie some much needed exposure to other people and dogs. I would do it myself if I could afford it. Another part of me is telling myself to just give Sadie another year. She's really a well-mannered dog, just hi-strung. She doesn't do anything destructive in the house (although she's done a number to the back yard, but only because she gets bored), and she's pretty well trained. Once she matures a little, she'll calm down. Deep down, I'm pretty sure giving her up is the right move. The last thing I want is for her to end up fat and poorly trained. I also know it would make my ex-wife extremely happy to get her baby back. It's ... just ... so ... hard.