Let me tell you the situation. We got our dog when she was about 6 weeks old. Cute, Cuddly, sweet. She got big very quickly. She is now about 67 pounds. I got her for free from a yard sale. The woman told me she was full German Shepherd...she is not. She is probably part lab.
We trained her to sleep in a kennel at night time because I didn't want a 60 pound dog sleeping in the beds with us.
She spends a lot of time outside because when I am home the kids do not want her jumping on them, knocking them over, or licking their faces. Not to mention knocking over any drink we might have on the coffee table with her giant tail. If I am not here I don't want her to spend the entire day cooped up in the kennel. She has the entire yard to run around in, she is not chained to a tree. She does not have a dog house but she always has water. We have a deck that has shade and is completely screened in. So, it is kind of like she has a giant dog house on our back porch. She gets fed twice a day and eats table scraps too. She is also up to date on all of her shots and she is spayed.
She really does need to run more than she does but we don't have the time or the energy half the time to do much with her. If it is raining or extra cold or extra hot we do let her in the house. We have some kind of chew toy ready for her so she doesn't destroy the kids toys.
When she is outside she wears a bark collar because our neighbors are all very close to us. But, she is not the only dog in the neighborhood and she certainly is not the dog that barks the most. For the record I hate barking dogs and every one of them in the neighborhood would be wearing a collar if I got ahold of them.
We have talked a lot about getting rid of her. She is not a child, we would like to have more time to spend with her but our kids need our attention first. She needs more room to run and someone that will run her. It stresses me out to go out of town because I have to find someone to watch her and I have one neighbor who won't because they think she is too much to handle. I think it is because they think we are not good pet owners.
I know she just wants to be loved and played with. What do you think? Should we get rid of her somehow (and if so can you give me some suggestions other than the pound), or do you think she has a good enough life?