DO I GO HOME TODAY?
My family brought me home cradled in their arms.They cuddled me and smiled at me and said I was full of charm. They played with me and laughed with me and showered me with toys.I sure do love my family, especially the little girls and boys
The children loved to feed me; they gave me special treats. They even let me sleep with them - all snuggled in the sheets. I used to go for walks, often several times a day. They even fought to hold the leash, I'm very proud to say!
These are the things I'll not forget - a cherished memory. I now live in the shelter - without my family.They used to laugh and praise me when I played with that old shoe. But I didn't know the difference between the old one and the new.
The kids and I would grab a rug, for hours we would tug. So I thought I did the right thing when I chewed the bedroom rug. They said I was out of control and would have to live outside. This I didn't understand, although I tried and tried!
The walks stopped, one by one; they said they hadn't the time. I wish that I could change things; I wish I knew my crime. My life became so lonely in the backyard, on a chain. I barked and barked all day long to keep from going insane.
So they brought me to the shelter but were embarrassed to say why. They said I caused an allergy, and then they each kissed me goodbye. If I'd only had some training as a little pup. I wouldn't have been so hard to handle when I was all grown up.
"You only have one day left", I heard a worker say. Does that mean I have a second chance?
Do I go home today?
If you read the poem thru, then you understand why it's so important that you realize the responsibility that goes along with pet ownership. Domestic animals have as much right to this planet as we do, and they deserve to be in a happy family environment as well. They are very much capable of having feelings, and when they're abandoned or sent to the shelter, they're suddenly without a family. Before you take an animal to the shelter, try to imagine yourself in this situation where you're abandoned and no longer part of a family.Thats why It's important to get your dog training. It helps avoid any future problems you might have.Don't let your new puppy be the star of this poem, get him obedience training! It works!
Remember instead of taking your dog to a shelter they are ALWAYS welcome back here.
THE FAMILY DOG
The family's dog was bought to guard,
Chained to a post in a chilly backyard,
House in a shed that was airless and dark,
And every few weeks had a run in the park.
When boredom set in with no fun and no work,
One day it broke loose and went quietly berserk,
Pa couldn't fathom just why it went wild,
As it flattened his wife and then bit his child.
The police were called in to sort out the mess,
And the whole sorry tale was revealed in the press,
The Rescue Society was really annoyed,
So, the dog was re-homed, and the owners destroyed.
|Dear Backyard Breeder -
I am writing this in a state of anger, frustration, and sadness. I think you will understand why as you read this letter.
About two years ago, you decided to breed a litter of Dalmatians. Your bitch wasn't really breeding quality and you certainly didn't know enough about the breed so perhaps it was greed, ignorance, or the desire to show the kids the highly overrated miracle of birth. You managed to find a male of equally undistinguished parentage and the deal was consummated.
Your bitch, who had previously been confined to the backyard because she was not housebroken and had absolutely no manners, must have felt like royalty when you allowed her to stay in the garage while she tended her puppies. The puppies received very little handling and only absolutely minimal vet care. After all you had to make money on the litter.
You started to panic when the pups were 6 weeks old and prospective buyers were not exactly beating a path to your door. The price dropped to $75 and the interview for prospective buyers consisted pretty much of "Did you bring cash?". One lively, playful male was sold to a young couple with a toddler and another child on the way.
Any responsible breeder would have known this was a bad placement and would have counseled the couple to wait until the kids were 4 or 5. Maybe you didn't know any better or maybe you just didn't care so you sold them the puppy. Things were okay for a very short time but then the puppy, in his youthful exuberance, was knocking the toddler down and the kid was becoming afraid of him. The parents, novice dog owners without a clue about training, banished the pup to the backyard.
Unfortunately he was lonely and started barking and digging. They called you and offered to return him but you said you didn't want him back and that you were getting out of dogs. (Thank goodness!) They ran an ad in the paper...free to good home but they were pretty lenient on the interpretation of good home.
A young man took the puppy. He saw this free, AKC registered dog as a way to make extra money standing the dog at stud. Guess the income wasn't that great or the guy spent it too quickly. The dog was hit by a car. The owner neglected to get veterinary care until 5 days later and only did so because the leg was all swollen and the dog was in severe pain. When the vet told him how much the treatment would cost the owner said to euthanize the dog. The vet thought the dog was too sweet to kill so she called someone in rescue. This person paid for the treatment and took the dog home to heal.
When the dog was healed and no adopters were forthcoming she called me and I took the dog to foster. He really liked living here. I taught him some basic manners and he got to watch TV in the evenings. He liked playing with my dogs. When a good possibility of a home came along, I adopted him out. Things were fine for the first 2 days but then he started to show unpredictable aggression, not to the adopters, but to guests or people they encountered when walking him. They reluctantly returned him to me.
I did more socialization and then got another rescue person to take him for a week and see what kind of results he got. Same story. The dog was fine for a very short time and then began displaying unpredictable aggression. I took him back knowing that the only alternative now was to put him down. A dog with unpredictable aggression is just not a candidate for placement. We have so many more dogs looking for homes than there are homes available that resources cannot be spent on a dog with unsatisfactory temperament.
So, BackYard Breeder, you produced this dog and then abandoned all responsibility for him, or rather never took it in the first place. I took him to the vet yesterday. He knew something was wrong...probably because I was crying and my hands were shaking. I knew I had to do this but I really liked this dog and hated that this was the way it would end.
I held him in my arms as he drifted off. There is no more confusion and instability in his young life and now he has playmates at the Rainbow Bridge.I know that for at least the time he lived here he was happy and well-cared for. I can't help thinking that if you had been more selective of buyers and if his owners had been more responsible and provided him with care and training he wouldn't have had to die.
Maybe it was genetic. Perhaps his parents had aggression problems and you never considered that when you bred the litter. I don't know. I just know that I wish you could feel as bad as I do over this. I suppose the irresponsible people who owned him along the way have to share the blame too. The young couple bought on impulse without doing any research into the breed.
They didn't train him and then just gave him away when he became inconvenient. The young man who let him suffer before seeking vet care should never own another pet. But by and large, BackYard Breeder, I blame you, because you made a conscientious decision to create life and then refused to take responsibility for what you had created.
A Rescue Worker
I Found Your Dog Today
|I found your dog today.No, he has not been adopted by anyone. Most of us who live out here own as many dogs as we want, those who do not own dogs do so because they choose not to. I know you hoped he would find a good home when you left him out here, but he did not. When I first saw him he was miles from the nearest house and he was alone, thirsty, thin and limping from a burr in his paw. How I wish I could have been you as I stood before him. To see his tail wag and his eyes brighten as he bounded into your arms, knowing you would find him, knowing you had not forgotten him. To see the forgiveness in his eyes for the suffering and pain he had known in his never-ending quest to find you .. but I was not you. And despite all my persuasion, his eyes see a stranger. He did not trust. He would not come. He turned and continued his journey; one he was sure would bring him to you. He does not understand you are not looking for him. He only knows you are not there, he only knows he must find you. This is more important than food or water or the stranger who can give him these things. Persuasion and pursuit seemed futile;
I did not even know his name. I drove home, filled a bucket with water and a bowl with food and returned to where we had met. I could see no sign of him, but I left my offering under the tree where he had sought shelter from the sun and a chance to rest. You see,he is not of the desert.When you domesticated him you took away any instinct of survival out here. His purpose demands that he travel during the day. He doesn't know that the sun and heat will claim his life. He only knows that he has to find you.I waited hoping he would return to the tree; hoping my gift would build an element of trust so I might bring him home, remove the burr from his paw, give him a cool place to lie and help him understand that the part of his life with you is now over.
He did not return that morning and at dusk the water and food were still there untouched. And I worried. You must understand that many people would not attempt to help your dog. Some would run him off, others would call the county and the fate you thought you saved him from would be preempted by his suffering for days without food or water. I returned again before dark. I did not see him. I went again early the next morning only to find the food and water still untouched. If only you were here to call his name. Your voice is so familiar to him. I began pursuit in the direction he had taken yesterday, doubt overshadowing my hope of finding him. His search for you was desperate, it could take him many miles in 24 hours.It is hours later and a good distance from where we first met,but I have found your dog.
His thirst has stopped, it is no longer a torment to him. His hunger has disappeared he no longer aches. The burrs in his paws bother him no more. Your dog has been set free from his burdens, you see, your dog has died. I kneel next to him and I curse you for not being here yesterday so I could see the glow, if just for a moment, in those now vacant eyes. I pray that his journey has taken him to that place I think you hoped he would find. If only you knew what he went through to reach it... and I agonize, for I know, that were he to awaken at this moment, and if I were to be you, his eyes would sparkle with recognition and his tail would wag with forgiveness.
Please don't ever drop off a dog,unlike a cat a dog hasn't the instincts to hunt down its own food even hunting dogs most times can't or won't hunt thier own food if you don't want your dog anymore and you don't want to pay the money to take him to a humane society than contact a rescue almost any vet or humane society can tell you where to find one. Droppping off your dog is very cruel I myself have had experience with this, I live in the country and see 5 or more dogs and cats a year dropped off out here, Some even with pups or kittens. We do the best we can to catch and place these dogs and cats but not all have been so lucky.
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