OP and her partner have been considering getting a dog for a while, and they found a perfect match, a Springer Spaniel just under 2 years old, being rehomed by a family due to lack of time.
Communication with the owner was infrequent during the week, but they eventually met, completed the transaction, and made the payment.
The previous owner asked for the dog back the day after OP adopted him, but they refused, explaining it wouldn't be fair to us or the dog.
OP should protect the dog from potential theft by getting it microchipped promptly.
Keeping the dog and giving it a great life is justified.
Returning him wouldn't have changed their neglectful behavior.
The dog may be happier with his original family.
They relinquished the dog, citing a lack of time, this suggests an inability or unwillingness to care for the dog adequately.
OP needs to stand firm with proper paperwork and chip reassignment.
Dogs are not objects; they have feelings too.
If he sold OP the dog honestly, he can't take it back.
The young couple did the right thing by keeping the Springer Spaniel they adopted. They made sure the dog was safe and happy in their home. To avoid any future problems, they should get the dog microchipped and sort out all the paperwork properly.
The person who gave them the dog originally changed their mind, but that doesn't mean the couple should give the dog back. It seems like the previous owner didn't take good care of the dog before, which isn't fair. Dogs have feelings too, and they deserve a stable and loving home.
The couple needs to stick to their decision and make sure they have all the proper documents to prove the dog is theirs now. If the previous owner sold them the dog honestly, then he can't just take it back. The couple should focus on what's best for the dog's happiness and well-being in their home.