i had helped a poster on this board sometime ago to transport a pyr from ohio to her in new york. well she emailed me yesterday regarding a 3 month old female pyr puppy that is at an animal shelter in new york. in the beginning of the conversation i was told it came from somewhere down south. then i called and spoke to someone at the shelter who gave me this about her short history. she comes from a pound in pennsylvania. apparently the shelter was told the pup was purchased from a puppy mill/pet store. the owners only had her 1 day before they decided they didn't want her so they took her to the pound. now i have heard of some really ridiculous reasons for people dumping their pets off at the shelters, but would someone really pay all that money for a dog only to dump it the very next day at the pound ? i am not quite sure i believe this or not. of course the owners did not fork over any paperwork with the pup when they dropped it off. is there something fishy about this story ?
The story sounds weird, but if one person in the household bought the dog as a gift for another person in the household, then it's not so strange. Or if an older kid with a job bought the dog without asking his/her parents (or asked, got a "no" and bought the dog anyway), then it's not so strange. I knew someone in high school who pulled such a stunt.
i think if it did come from a breeder, they could have returned it. so i would believe that the pup is from a mill or at least a byb. but i wonder if it was actually bought and turned in by an owner, or if it was a stray, or if the pet store unloaded it. or even if it may be stolen.
My next door neighbors years ago bought a samoyed..paid a lot of money for him...2 days later they realized that they couldn't handle a dog...I was outside and saw him running loose..I asked why he wasn't on a chain and they told me they were hoping he would "run off and get lost" then proceeded to explain to me how much they paid for him, all the things they bought and now didn't want him and didn't want to have the trouble of going through the breeder to give him back because they were "embarressed". I asked if I could have the dog..they gladly gave him to me..along with all of his belongings and I found him a home that same day. Stupid people do stupid things.
I've seen people do that before. They buy a dog, and it does something to annoy them, and they can't handle it, and instead of being patient and trying to find a home for it or trying to contact the breeder they just take the dog to the pound because it's the 'easy way out'. My cousin bought a lab mix and it barked all night for like 3 days straight. She put an ad at the local walmart saying 'free puppy' and just because she didn't hear a response for 2 days, she just gave up and took the dog to the shelter. Some people have no patience I swear.
Anything is possible. There are so many lame excuses such as "they don't match my decor anymore" etc. Lots of GP end up in shelters because they are no longer that little cute ball of white fluff! They are now one huge ball of fluff sheddding & drooling everywhere. In your case they may have realized they couldn't return the pup due to health problems & just took it to the pound. Go figure :( Oh.....by the way Scout, I prefer puppy breath over popcorn feet smells! Tee hee hee! LOL!
thanks rhonda. we are thinking about adopting her. we haven't seen her yet , the shelter says she is wonderful, i just cannot fathom spending all that money and only having it 1 day and dumping it. made me a little edgy that there is something else up with her. or the shelter or pound were she came from is making up a sob story to get her out. we rescued 1 pyr with debilitating problems and it was heartbreaking having her. i don't want to go thru that again.
Hey Scout, it does seem odd, but you know it wouldn't surprise me either. First thing that popped into my head was stolen, but then after reading the other posts, well, people do the stupidest things. Did you find anything else out?
I had to give up a dog one time because I couldn't feed it. It was really sad. I was young, stupid, my even-more-stupid husband brought the dog home then lost his job, we had to get food stamps but they don't let you buy dog food with food stamps. We had a newborn baby and I didn't know what else to do, I fed him people food for a while but that just wasn't good either. Finally I had to take him to the humane society. Someone called me a day or so later to ask about him and I told him where he was so I'm pretty sure he went to get the dog. You never know what can happen. Some people are just bad but others are good people in bad situations.
You know what. I am glad you shared that. You never know what circumstances may bring. You are so right. We often hear of the dumb reasons people give up their animals, but you are right, there are some good reasons too. We have to take care of our kids and things happen, often unexpectedly. So, I hope you weren't offended, and if so I am sorry. I sincerely mean that, I felt like a heel when I read your post. I know that wasn't your intention, but I'm glad you brought it up. Hope everything is better for you now.
I'm sorry Scout! Who knows the real reason she ended up their. All shelters are different....some hate rescue groups & some work with them. I called a year ago to our local pound as I spotted two gorgeous show quality Great Danes on www.petharbour.com. Rescue had already contacted them but they told me that if I wanted to get them I could if I got there first. I let Great Dane rescue pick them up as I confirmed with them they were going. Had the GP puppy been from a mill, she might have had health problems. Who knows until you take it to the vet. Have you looked at www.petfinder.com? They are mostly Shelter dogs. Also someone posted a GP needing a home on 10/28/04 on NPM site under rescue forum. Good luck!