I am sick of people ignoring my warnings because I am a teenager (not for much longer, though) I have been working with animals for years now and often give people advice. I was grooming these people’s golden retriever when they said they were going to get another dog. Their golden was old and I think he fell asleep while I was grooming him. The people said they wanted a dog that was fun and they could play with. I said some suggestions but none seemed to arouse their interests. So they asked “What about a border collie?” Now, these people both were in their late 40ies and worked a full week. I told them that wasn’t such a good idea, because border collies need a lot of exercise (as everyone knows) they didn’t believe me that often times borders can turn even mean if they don’t have a task to do. Well, they would have none of this. About one week later they come in to show me their adopted one-year-old border. That thing couldn’t keep its tail on the ground, but they loved it. Making this story short, about three weeks later they came back in to have their golden groomed again. I asked how their collie was…. Well, they got rid of it. They said he was too hyper and tore apart their house and yard when they were not home… Now, I was polite and kept my I told you so to myself, but what really made me mad was that they were going to go look for ANOTHER border… they wanted to find one that wasn’t that active…. Any one have any frustrating stories like this?
Oh, I know the feeling...when I tell someone that there is something wrong with their dog, like I find a lump they may not know about, or their ears look like they may be infected, anals are too hard to be expressed, the act like I dont' know what I am talking about. A couple weeks ago, a lady threw a huge fuss and scene because she doesn't think I look old enough to be a groomer, and she did not want me to touch her dog. I am 20, and have been grooming for about 3 years. Grrrr....some people.....
I know, I am only 18 and I already groom, am certified to give animals CPR, am almost a vet Tec, have certificate in animal behavior, can dog train therapy dogs as well as agility and can flippin name every single dog acknowledged by AKC
You said they 'adopted' the border collie?? Wow, our shelter would not adopt a border out to someone who obviousely did not have the time for it, or any other 'working breed'. I wish more shelters did better screening. Ours is great and we turn down alot of applications. But it is best for the animals.
They shoulda listened to you. *Sigh* I'm telling you, I'm 12 and people rarely listen to me about animal rights. For example, my friend's dad wants to breed their Beagle bitch for profit. That thing is a perfect example of what a Beagle SHOULDN'T look like. And she hasn't been registered, so for sending in late papers, it's gonna cost $95. And she is a family pet, and the dad thinks they can make profit off the pups, AND be able to sell them all! But if (or when) the pups have to go to the shelter, I am going to ask if my friend and I can watch the euthanization. It'll be the worst "I told you so" that I will ever say. But I will say it. But anyway, good for you for sacrificing your life for dogs!!! I can also name every AKC breed! *Hi-5* ---Allie the Chihuahua http://www.dogster.com/?41063 ---Mönica the Kitty http://www.catster.com/?57596
I have a story that may make you feel better. Several months ago I posted about this, but it reminded me of you. I took my golden and my pug to Petsmart to be groomed. My golden decided to lick the girls' hand while she was trimming his pad. Sharp scissors = stitches in tongue. In the end he was fine, scared me to death, lots of blood. When I went to get them the girl (and she was young too) was so apologetic and was really upset. Of course I was upset too, but I knew by then he was ok and it was an accident. (Now they put a muzzle on him to trim his pads just to be safe) But anyway I think she was scared I was going to throw a fit. I asked for a paper towel because he was dripping blood still and I wanted to put it on the seat of the truck. She brought me a regular towel, walked him out to the truck and even offered to drive him home in her car. Now I love my dogs to death, but when that day was over I felt worse for that poor girl than Rusty. She was really shook up. I have kids, I know accidents happen. I also know he loves to lick things. They didn't charge me for the stitches or anything, I was greatful for that. But, it just occurred to me reading your post that even though I was never angry with her and I told her it was ok. I hope she didn't lose her job or anything. I should have told the management I wasn't mad. People's age don't make any difference. My 17 year old daughter is more responsible than several adults that I know. If a groomer were to tell me one of my dogs had a lump or something wrong I would be to my vet in a flash and forever greatful. I don't know what is wrong with people. Anyway, I'm creeping up on 40 way too fast and I just wanted to tell you that not everyone is like those people. Hold your head up and to h*ll with them if they don't care enough about their pets to want to know when something is wrong. Good for you and your ambitions. Have a good day! Rusty the Golden Retriever http://www.dogster.com/?68489 Bailey the Pug http://www.dogster.com/?68491 Ariel the Chihuahua http://www.dogster.com/?68494 Lady the Greyhound http://www.dogster.com/?78537
LOL, Thanks Katz, but he is a very opinionated person, and not the easiet to break the news to. But he is very, very nice. ---Allie the Chihuahua http://www.dogster.com/?41063 ---Mönica the Kitty http://www.catster.com/?57596
I know it's frustrating to be young in any line of work that doesn't involve fast food. I am a family counselor, fresh out of college, 22 years old. While in college I worked with autistic children and helping their families help them to lead normal lives...Now i work with juvenile delinquents and helping thier families help them to lead normal lives...a lot of these kids have it really bad, and are truly a product of their environment. As you can imagine, it's hard to approach a single mother about monitoring her suicidal son when she sees me as a young girl with no children and no idea how it is to raise a child all alone. So she does not listen to me, and yet calls me every time her son attempts suicide. I always tell mothers and fathers like that "no, I do not have children and cannot possibly try to pretend that I totally understand your situation, but that also does not mean that I do not know what I am talking about...I would not have this job if I didn't!" And the parents that decide to give me a chance and listen to me usually end up thanking me! So Wolf, keep at it! I am very impressed by your knowledge of dogs and your amibitions, I have a feeling that things will go very well for you in your life!