Someone said something to me the other day and it just pissed me off. They had found out that I had a bunch of shelter dogs and said, “Why would you want someone else’s problem?” This just made me made. I said, “I hope you don’t have an animal at your house”……..They said, “Yeah, a papered dog, not someone else’s problem.”
Now, I must say anyone that knows me knows I have no problem voicing my opinion. This was one of those times I was not going to keep my opinion to myself.
I feel strongly about shelter dogs. Yes, I use to have papered dogs, I even showed dogs at one point, was versed in my dogs pedigrees, studied K-9 nutrition, etc…….but over the years my focus directed solely to rescue. I don’t expect everyone to feel the way I do about them, but little narrow-minded people piss me off.
First of all, you can get full blooded dogs, of the breed of your choice, every day of the week on “Pet finder” (an example) or local shelters, rescues or even breed specific rescues. Unless you are going to show dogs, or you are a responsible breeder and breed dogs, your pedigree is useless. Most people don’t even understand them.
These dogs aren’t someone else’s problem…….normally the problem is the people. What people fail to realize, even at no kill shelters the dogs whose temperament is aggressive with people are not adopted out. Often times the dogs in shelters are totally house trained, are great all around dogs, etc. People dump dogs for a whole multitude of reasons……most are just plain stupid reasons. People who work at shelters hear the lame reasons day in and day out. I imagine that same reason runs thru their head when they hold the dog while he is being put down…….sad, but true.
I personally even had a guy one time tell me a puppy was vicious because it growled at his child. I asked what was happening when the puppy growled at the child and he said they were playing……..I asked if the child had any limits with the dog. He looked at me extremely puzzled……I said, “have you taught any limits with your child….no tail pulling, no ear pulling, if he goes in his crate, that is off limits, etc.”……the guy laughed and said, “My kid should be able to do anything to my dog and him not growl.” (Stupid people shouldn’t be allowed to own a dog …..or have children for that matter…..)
I have even witnessed my own great niece and great nephew treat their own cat in a way that made me stomach cramp. Holding the cat in all of these crazy positions till finally the cat scratched one of the kids. I had asked them to not hold the cat that way….(hanging him upside down basically) and my grown niece said, “That cat is so mean”…….I said you have got to be kidding me…….the kids are mean to the cat…..she laughed and said, “She doesn’t care”………I wanted to scream. This is my own niece who was raised with me……has a masters degree…….STUPID!
The idiot maintenance guy here was talking about his cat the other day and said, “I spank it every time it scratches my speakers.” I said, “You SPANK your cat?” I was instantly mad. I wont go into our conversation that followed but he made me so angry, I don’t think he will ever speak to me about an animal again. He IS someone who shouldn’t own a cat or dog period.
I am not one of those nut jobs who are all left wing about animals, but I guess I just love my animals. I genuinely love them. I grew up with a two poodles and my Mom adored them, loving those dogs taught me compassion. My poodle Dino who lived to around age 20 was my best friend growing up. He went everywhere and did everything with me. He even slept under the covers with me at night…….
After he passed my Mother adopted a previously abused poodle named “Fifi Georgette”. She was without question my Mom’s dog, not mine……as a matter of fact that little dog really disliked me. Chased me around the house if I walked past one of her chew toys or food bowl. She was 8 lbs of poodle dynamite, but adored my Mom…she was the only one who could handle her. After having her for about 6 months, she ran out of the house and got hit by the neighbor’s car. (We lived in what could be considered the country.) She broke some vertebra’s and did some other damage and my Mom paid for a costly surgery and slept on the floor with her while she recovered, cooked for her, babied her, etc. After that, the two of them were inseparable and my Mom spent several thousand dollars fencing in part of our yard for Fifi.
I thought of that when I laid on the floor with my dog Tonka running sub-Q IV’s on her when she first came to me. She was so sick in fact the Vet said to me, “Laura, if she makes it the first 48 hours, she just may pull thru.” (Not very promising) She did make it and after I did all of the stuff for her, the same stuff that Mom had done for Fifi many years prior, she too is stuck to me like glue. Always has been….. and that was about 7 years ago.
I am certain of one thing about shelter dogs. (Or rescue dogs) They know that they were saved…….if you have ever known one, you will understand this. It is really hard to explain otherwise.
All of my dogs have suffered at some point and all are still grateful….that I am sure of. Tonka is still grateful for fresh water…..something so simple that she did without for so long. Bear was at the shelter for 6 months before I adopted him and he pulled all of his hair out due to being so stressed…..he is a perfect house dog and my constant companion, Oreo’s back legs were bent from living in a small crate before he came to the shelter…..they have straightened out at our house and his favorite place is outside in the yard…..Stellar, well, you all know his story……..they each have one.
I just wish I could convince people to adopt a shelter dog or cat….or two…..instead of buying a puppy from the paper.
Often times people pay big bucks to get these designer dogs…..crosses of poodle & lab or two little pedigreed dogs……($700) and you can go to a shelter and find interesting mixes every day if that is what you want. Much cheaper plus you are saving a life. A living breathing being.
Know that owning a dog is more than chaining it to a dog house in the back yard and taking it food out once a day…….they want to be part of your pack, be in the house with you, etc. If nothing else, let them come into the house at night in a crate….that would be better than just leaving them outside all of the time. I have a neighbor who has a dog who lives outside all of the time…I feel bad for him, I wish they would at least get him a doggy friend.
I guess this is all just opinion…..my opinion. It is just how I am…..I will always have room at my house for a stray or broken soul with 4 legs…….this is something most people cant understand, but true animal lovers do.
Written by the lady who has a house full of shelter dogs and a 3 legged cat who showed up and decided to stay……and more dust bunnies than I can count….