One of those days… Thank God for another Romo Sighting! Also Your Chance to Adopt Carol Schwartz the Dog


It’s been a rough morning, hell a rough month, thanks to a reader for sending:

“I’m sure others have reported, but it appears that Romo did NOT move to the suburbs, after all. This photo was taken Saturday evening!”

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And since we’re talking pets today:

“Dear PoPville,

I’m trying to find a new home for my 9 year old red-ticked coon hound, Carol Schwartz (the Dog). Carol is a very sweet and loving dog, but she is a little on the nervous side, and she just doesn’t get along with small children; she doesn’t understand them and she gets spooked easily by their erratic movements. With a 15 month old son and another baby on the way, it is time to find a home that is a little quieter, a little more routine, and a little more Carol-centric.

We are doing everything we can to find a great forever home for her, but the rescues we’ve checked with won’t take a dog that is already in a safe home; that means we would have to take her to a shelter first, which I really don’t want to do, given her age and nervousness.

She is truly a wonderful companion animal, and she would do really well in a home where she can get a good routine. She’s in excellent health (up to date on all her shots and meds) and is very energetic for a dog her age. She loves to snuggle on the couch, go on long walks, run in the snow, and generally be wherever her people are. She’s even good on road trips.

Oh, and did I mention she comes with 3,579 fans on Facebook? She’s kind of a big deal.

We’ve called all the rescues in the area and we’ve been promoting the heck out of her Petfinder profile, but I’m hoping that a post on PoPville could give her a little boost! We’re in DC, but I would be willing to drive her just about anywhere to deliver her to a good home!”

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  • Didn’t see any mention of a yellow Trans-Am in the Carol Schwartz post. Does that come with?

  • I Dont Get It

    Have you considered asking The Carol Schwartz if she would like a mini-me?

  • Ugh, this makes me so sad for Carol Schwartz. And worried for our future with our dog. As a childless person I can’t imagine giving up my dog once we have kids, but I know my perspective will change. I’m also worried our dog will become reactive to children since she hates my nieces and nephew. My sister’s dog bit my niece and they kept the dog. Granted they muzzled him when he was indoors with the kids and they had a huge backyard to leave him out in for some freedom. He’s now mellowed enough that he doesn’t bother with them. I hope Carol Schwartz’s owners have tried a trainer and tried giving the dog space away from the kids.

    • dumplingdreams

      It’s actually quite rare! I work with infants and toddlers all around DC and am in many homes. I don’t know ONE SINGLE HOME where the pets didn’t love/accept their little humans. Many of them love their baby humans to an adorable, heart-squeezing degree. Even the ones who aren’t very … excited … about their new humans just manage to create their own safe/comfortable distance but never hiding, angry, or afraid.

      As for dear Carol’s situation: I really don’t like the phrase “giving away”. Her family is not giving her away. They are trying to re-home her. The technical phrase in this situation is “re-homing”. I’m sure it’s incredibly hard, but it’s the right decision for Carol. She deserves to be in a home where she’s not skittish and scared all the time. Sometimes these things just happen. Life is unpredictable in a countless number of ways.

      It’s really not much different than having to re-home a beloved pet because its human marries someone who is allergic. Would you give marrying/being with a great love because of your attachment to a pet? It’s something to think about. Some pets have to be re-homed for many reasons, but none of them are common and predictable.

  • epric002

    where did you get get carol schwartz from? many rescues/shelters require that you return the dog to them if you no longer plan to keep it. how sad for carol, anyway. i hope this is a cautionary tale to others to not get animals that don’t do well with children if they plan on having children. it’s so unfair to the animal.

    • Yeah, everyone. No adopting animals unless you have promise never to have children, or make a vow signed in blood to choose the animal over the children if an intractable issue arises! Because pets > people, right?

    • Prince Of Petworth

      Ed. note: this post is not a space for recriminations.

    • There isn’t always a way to tell whether the dog will be good with children. We adopted our almost 8 year old dog when he was 10 weeks. There would have been absolutely NO way to know at that time how he would do with kids. And the owner noted below that her situation is like that as well. We were lucky that our dog gets along very well with our child, but not everyone has that happen. I’m not trying to be rude here, but your post comes across as extremely judgmental. If the OP loves her dog even half as much as we do, I am sure that this is killing her to have to do, as it would I. Before you judge her for having to find her dog a new home not just for the safety of her children but also for the dog’s own comfort, find out the whole situation.

      • epric002

        i made my comment based on the information contained in the original post. i said it’s very sad for carol schwartz, and i hoped that others could learn from this. it is very sad for carol, and every other animal (6-8 million of them) that ends up in a shelter. i hope that carol’s people find her a quality new home and that she doesn’t end up having to take her chances as a senior dog in a shelter.

        • The owner knows it’s sad. Your comment is rubbing it in, not unlike the cruel people on Carol’s facebook page.
          It’s simply not realistic to make every decision in life based on what might happen 10 years down the road. Given life’s uncertainties no one would ever adopt animals ever under your rules. Because I stand a chance of being run over by a taxi.

        • Your comment comes across as you also making the assumption that the OP knew the dog wouldn’t be good with kids, so no, it wasn’t entirely based on information in the original post. It is a sad situation, and I agree that there are a number of irresponsible people when it comes to kids & pet ownership, but this is pretty clearly not one of those instances (especially evident if you look at the FB page for even a second). Even if you didn’t mean it to be, your PSA comes across as presumptuous and judgmental, which is fairly hurtful to this poor family.

          • If you don’t mind I’ll second this comment and add that it isn’t much of a PSA to begin with. Unless epric002 is so naive (or arrogant) as to think that his or her pointing out what we already know — that this is extremely sad — will change people’s behavior it stands to reason that this was a post about shaming (or, as PoP pointed out, recriminating), not about educating others. Especially given the use of the value-laden term “cautionary tale.”

          • epric002

            i did not intend to imply that carol’s people knew she was bad with children, truly. it was a general comment about longterm considerations of pets + children, which as you correctly point out, there are too many people who are irresponsible about this. i did not look at the facebook page.

      • Quotia Zelda

        This. We had our cranky and high-strung (but delightful!) Siamese before the little Zeldas were born, and I worried about this a lot. In the end, she was very good with the kids – better than with the vast majority of adults she encountered – but it could very easily have gone the other way. Pets have personalities, and you can’t always predict what will happen when you add a new variable (especially one as noisy and unpredictable as a tiny human) to the mix.

        • Quotia Zelda

          (to be clear, my “this” is to amandal’s post)

        • And you can’t even predict what variables you’ll be adding to your life 2, 6, 9 years out. It sounds like Carol’s people are really trying to do their best in a bad situation, and they have the dog’s best interest in mind here. It’s just not good for a dog to stay in a situation where it’s really stressed out by things that can’t be adjusted.

  • Carol’s current owner here. Yes, it is very hard to part with a member of the family, but we’ve really exhausted all of our options in terms of training and trying to keep the dog separate from the baby, and the dog’s anxiety and attitude towards our son continues to get worse not better. If we had any options other than re-homing her, we would. It is a devastating decision for our family, but at the end of the day, our children’s safety is of paramount importance. We recognize that it’s not the decision everyone would make.

    Epric002, the rescue I got her from is no longer in operation, and the other rescues I’ve checked with won’t accept her since she is already in a safe home. Obviously had I know when I adopted her 9 years ago–when she was 12 weeks old–that should would be aggressive towards children, I wouldn’t have adopted her.

    • Nothing in your original post indicated that you had anything other than Carol’s best interest at heart. People will read into the situation what they will, and there’s nothing you can do about it other than ignore some people’s trollish ways. Best of luck finding a new home for her.

    • I Dont Get It

      Okay, I have to ask, why the name Carol Schwartz? Schwartz?

      • are you unaware of Carol Schwartz the former councilmember and mayoral candidate, or wondering why someone would name a dog after her? If the latter, I can’t help you, but a lot of people name pets after celebrities. I know a rabbit named Joe Biden, and I always thought Muriel Mouser would be a funny name for a cat.

      • carol schwartz is a local politician/former city council members. she’s run for mayor a bunch of times, including last year.

        • IDGI has been in D.C. since the 1990s (IIRC), so I imagine he’s familiar with Carol Schwartz. What I’m wondering — and what he might be wondering too — is why the dog was named after her. Homage? A way of mocking the politician? (“That Carol Schwartz is a real b****”!”) Neither?

      • I Dont Get It

        Not sure why there was a second Schwartz there but I’m blaming my phone. As a 25 year resident of DC I’m well aware of who Carol “the bigger the hair the closer to God” Schwartz is. I was just curious if there was a cute story behind the name. I wish you the best of luck in re-homing! I can tell you love this dog but have run out of options.

        P.S. Love her Facebook page!

    • I don’t envy the position you’re in, I can’t imagine how difficult it must be. I hope you’re able to find her a wonderful, childfree home!

    • The real news here is that lots of Carol Schwartz’s owners’ friends didn’t know they were having another baby. Congrats, Mr and Mrs Schwartz! Thanks, Prince of Petworth!

    • Brooke, how does Carol Schwartz do with (i) cats, and (ii) older kids? Our living situation is changing, and a dog has become a possibility. We do have a neurotic older cat, though. Also, an 8 yo, who is loud and fun, but not as erratic as toddlers. You post implied that Carol might be OK with older kids?

      • Hi, dcd–she tends to ignore cats for the most part; she lived with a cat for several years and did fine. Every once in awhile, she forgets to ignore cats, and then learns anew that ignoring is the way to go. As for older kids, I couldn’t say for certain. She is certainly nervous around children we encounter while we’re out walking, but I couldn’t say that she wouldn’t get used to it.

    • I’m so sorry that you’re having to go through this. I’m wondering if you’ve considered medicating Carol? I’m sure you’ve considered it, but as someone who has a successfully Prozac-medicated cat, I just had to make sure you knew it was an option. Maybe it would take the edge off of her anxiety and help her successfully stay with you. I know that cats and dogs are different, but It’s really cheap and has saved us from having to make the same difficult decision. Best of luck!

  • Really disheartening to see so much judgment about what is obviously a difficult decision for this family. I wish the owners all the luck in finding a great new home for Carol Schwartz, and if I come across anyone interested in adopting, I will be sure to send this their way!

  • anonymouse_dianne

    I am so sorry you have to rehome your dog. As pointed out, each dog has its own personality and you can’t know ahead of time how they will react. That said, there is program called Dogs & Storks that works with PREGNANT couples and their dogs before the baby is born that (you and) others might want to look into. Just google Dog & Storks and their website and facebook pages will pop up.

  • OP – I’m not available to adopt Carol but you could try writing to Susie’s Senior Dogs. They post photos and stories of elderly dogs (over 7 years of age) in shelters around the country and try to help get them adopted.

  • Here’s the link to Susie’s Senior Dogs:

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