Posted 11 January 2013 - 02:50 PM
First of all, let me say how delighted I, and everyone else who has been reading this thread, is that this story had a happy ending.
Second of all, no one doubts that the owner loved the dogs and was heartbroken that her circumstances forced her to part with them.
However, to put on my didactic hat for a moment, I feel compelled to add that acquiring large pets or pets that can't be exported like parrots, can be a recipe for tragedy if you can in anyway foresee that you might someday be in a position to not be able to take care of them. As in living in a foreign country where jobs for extraneros are hard to come by and harder to keep. As in living in a foreign country where the medical options are not what one might feel one needs if one became ill.
In summary, if your life circumstances are in any way iffy and you can imagine having to make a radical change like moving to another country and you can also imagine that you might not have enough money to support the pets in the new country, Don't Acquire them in the first place. Get a smaller dog instead, one that can be carried with you in the cabin, for example, and which many more apartment complexes in the US will allow.
I expect this heartbroken owner, saved by some very kind and loving folks here, has already thoroughly absorbed that lesson. But perhaps it should just be mentioned to save other people down the line some heartache.