Lena Dunham Gave Up Her Rescue Dog For The Most Heartbreaking Reason

By Sarah Jeanne Terry

Whenever we take in a rescue dog, we know there's some risk involved. The dog may not fit in with a particular family or home situation. Or the pup may not get along with other pets. And worst of all, past troubles or trauma might make the dog impossible to live with.

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That's what happened to Lena Dunham, who re-homed her dog Lamby after years of unsuccessful attempts to reform the dog herself. Lena shared a heartfelt post on Instagram about her beloved pup that reminds us all that sometimes the best decisions for our pets are the hardest.

Even though it clearly broke her heart, Lena Dunham opened up about what Lamby meant to her.

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Lena revealed, "last March, after four years of challenging behavior and aggression that could not be treated with training or medication or consistent loving dog ownership, Lamby went to live at an amazing professional facility in Los Angeles." Lena assures her followers that she has given Lamby into the good hands of people that know how to deal with a dog that has suffered trauma.

She went on to say, "Lamby suffered terrible abuse as a pup that made having him in a typical home environment dangerous to him and others- we needed to be responsible to ourselves, our neighbors and especially our beloved boy."

We're sad to hear that Lena gave away her dog, but we totally understand.

Even the most adorable dogs can have problems, and the best thing for everyone is to find a place where they (and you) feel safe. As Lena reminded us, "PS If you have a similar situation, please know it's possible to responsibly re-home your rescue rather than sending them back into the shelter system. It can require patience, diligence and often a financial contribution but there are solutions that leave everyone happy and safe. You will always have been your dog's first stop outside shelter life and that's beautiful."

Lamby had a history of biting and difficulties, which Lena clearly tried really hard to help him with.

Lena is clearly an owner who loves her dog and wanted to do what's best for him.

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And it looks like Lamby's getting what's best. Lena mentioned that she re-homed Lamby with a professional trainer Matt Beisner at The Zen Dog in Los Angeles, and from the looks of these pics, Lamby's having an amazing time.

We're glad that Lena shared her struggles and her joy in finding Lamby the situation that would be right for him. Because we can all learn a little something from it. There's no one way to love our dogs, and all we can do is our best for them.

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