Cruelty against a dog, please help?
First of all I would like to congratulate the creators of this site and people who participate regularly . I need your help for a rather long and complicated problem . Here it goes:
Rocky was picked up my landlords servant from the street at an early age of about 20day/1 month . He used to stay inside the house on the terrace day and night till the time he reached at an age of 3-4 months . Then after that they would leave him outside - to loiter around , eat garbage , play with other street dogs , without any water and they would feed him every once in a while . During this time I would feed him and play with him and he developed a bond with us .
During this time he went through several incidents as follows :
-When he was staying on the terrace he fell from the second floor to first floor in the night. He was discovered -& rescued in the morning .
-He came under a car but luckily got away unhurt
-The servant beat him up once so he got pissed and ran away from home and was discovered several KM away from the house the next day .
-Got his tail bitten by other dog .
Also due to his chasing of the cycles, people started threatening my landlords that they will beat Rocky he they don????t control their dog . To this my landlord & the servant????swould just shrug and say ???€?he is not our dog you can do what ever you wanna do???????
However the last incident did it for me - He was brutally bitten by other street dog only to be left outside without any medical care in scorching sun and no water ???€?as his dropping blood would stain the marble flooring of the house .When I discovered this I took him to the vet and got his treatment . In time I also got his complete vaccination done . Since that day he has been staying with us .
Now we are a working couple with a 9:30 to 6 job . So we have no choice but to leave Rocky in our balcony . He is completely potty trained .And follow basic cammonds like sit , paw ,down etc . In between I have arranged the landlord????s servant????s wife(ironically)to take Rocky for a walk . But we can see that he gets lonely and shows strong separation anxiety traits like shredding his mattress despite of giving him a lot of toys .He also chews everything in sight and always craves for attention . Besides that we take him for regular walks 3-4 times a day.
Also quite understandably the servant is pissed with us and keep on throwing comments for ????tealing his dog???? . And my landlord thinks that dogs should be left outside so they can guard the house - which I know will once again lead to a series of disaster with Rocky - so there is no question that I gonna do that .
Also my landlord and the servant had a GSD who they had given away to a farm because they could not manage him an he had started biting people .
..So here are my questions :
1)I have been suggested by several people to get another dog for Rocky ???€?but I know to maintain two dogs is twice the effort and money.
Plus Both me and my husband????s parents live out of city so we are most likely to travel atleast 2-3 in an year . Ofcourse we have hostel facilities for dogs but two dogs can be expensive? how imp it is to get another dog at this point ?
2) If we do keep a dog ,any suggestion for the breed , that is small and low maintenance .How about adoption from a rescue centre. I think an adult or a semi adult male would be apt????ight?
3)Thirdly we will staying this house for atleast 3 more years. We don????t want to spoil our relationship with the landlords /servant but there comments are getting a little too much ???€?How can I handle them without pissing them off ? How can we make them understand that one can keep a dog just for company and not necessarily always for guarding without being rude?
Rocky is right now 8 months old .
Any suggestion are welcome and Thanks for reading .