My Grandpa's dog is so neglected. It's not that he's trying to, he can't care for the dog. He's just too old and just got out of the hopistal a few months ago. But, either way, the dog is not cared for. He is fed and has unlimited access to water, but he's really dirty and doesn't get enough love. He's a Cocker Spaniel and his hair has grown so long and hasn't been brushed or cut in so long, he looks like those dogs on Animal Precinct. He's matted all over and I can just see he's unhappy. He is maybe fifteen years old and hasn't even seen the vet in years. I know my grandpa won't give up old Lucky, but I really want to get him care. We tried to offer to take him to the groomer, but he insists that the extra hair is good for him and that it's a waste of money since the dog will just go roll in mud after it rains. Also, we considered taking him, but my mother won't allow that and we considered grooming him ourselves, but I don't think Grandpa will let us. What should I do?
well if your grandpa will not let you do anything to the dog i don't see any other alternatives then just taking the dog without his permission and having it done. if you are that concerned just do it anyway. i am sure the dog will be so happy. so grandpa will be mad for awhile. he'll get over it and the dog will be much happier and that is what really counts.
Maybe you could give him a gift certificate to the vets office and for a grooming. Maybe he would be more willing to do it this way than someone doing it for him, offer to drive him and the pet to these places and stay with him so you can hear what the vet says, it might work.
Taking the dog away from its home at that age would be traumatic. Iw ould deffinately explain the importance of grooming and vetting the dog. In most places it is illegal not to have atleast vaccinations done yearly. Tell him your concern about becoming ill. The gift certificates sounds like a good idea!
I bet deep down he knows you are right and feeling mabe a little helpless in his situation. Offer to walk the dog and get him some help. Whats the worst that can happen, hell be ticked, so what, the dog will feel better and he will probly see that eventually.
My brother, mom, sister, dad, all of the family is basically willing to drop Lucky off at the groomer and pick him up. It's really warmed up here in L.A. and I hink he might understand now that the dog's uncomfortable. I am going to ask him if I can come down a little while every day and feed the dog, brush him, and play with him. I'm thinking I might even buy him a collar and leash so I can walk him (hey, I could take my dog, too- good way to socialize!). He has no collar and tag. We even found him out one day roaming the neighborhood. In his state, if anyone found him, they'd call animal control. Thanks for all the help.
i think, frostygirl, that sounds like a great idea for you to come over every day. you could clip out the mats, maybe grandpa wouldn't mind that, since it's not a full clipping. you could explain it to him in a way that it is best for the dog. maybe even give him a bath. that's a start!
Exactly what I was thinking. My brother was willing to shave the dog, but is wooried that that many mats can ruin his clippers. We are all fully willing, though, to take care of him and at least clip him.