A friend of a friend had a litter of puppies, I think they are lab/shep mix. Anyway all but one of the puppies have gone to their forever homes. The owner has the last of the puppies and says that its ugly and thats why no one wants it. She is making the pup sleep in the garage.It's cold here in Ohio, so I didn't think it was right. The girl already has 4 dogs that stay in the basement. Her excuse was the pup would be safer in the garage. Her rot. in the basement bites, and I don't like big dogs anyway. Here's my problem. My kids told me that I should get the puppy, and now that the girl knows that I want him (pup) she wants 125 dollars for it. The other dogs sold for 20 bucks. She says she knows I have it, and she it kinda pressed for money. I told her that I will give her 300 dollars for the dog, if she uses some of it to get two of the dogs (only two are female) spayed. Now she won't return my calls. She told our mutual friend that she is Grown and doesn't need anyone telling her what to do just because they have money. Was I out of line, and should I just go ahead and het the dog? I was hoping to get one in particular from the humane society, this one kinda fell upon us. Please help me decide, my kids would accept either one.
I can't say which pup you should get because I'm not you. The pup in rescue certainly needs a loving home, but it also sounds like your friends pup needs a home before it is treated any more cruely. But do you think the $125 would go towards her breeding more un-needed pups? Might not want to go that route then either!
She sounds childish and sneaky for asking you $125 when she sold the others for $20.
I personally would have a hard time keeping in contact with someone that treats puppies poorly because they think they are "ugly".
The dog at the pound is a pug mix. She is 2years old and her owner died 3months ago. I guess the owners kids didn't want the resposibility. She is very friendly and is spayed. My husband said I can't have both. Believe me if I could, I would have already.
wow i cant beleive this friend of yours would want more money from you then what she sold the other pups for. thats plain rotton- and really isnt a friend at all. seems like she didnt want the dog, leaving it out in the garage and all of a sudden you show intrest in it and she now ups the price? when probably this pup would end up at the local dog poung anyways by the sound of this shady friend- being a friend i dont see why she just wouldnt give you the unwanted pup? shes trying to make a buck off you and thats not right at all. yes i would feel bad for this pup but i would keep on walking- and then she will know she cant and wont take advantage of you and im sure she will come around and sell you the pup at regular price. not her xmas fund price. ppl like this really urk me- and her dogs should be spayed- why would she keep wanting to have these unwanted liters? imho........ theresa
lets say she takes you up on your offer and gives you the pup for the 300 you offered her with the contingency she get at least 2 of the dogs altered. i would get one( or 2 ) of those low cost spay and neuter certificates, like through FOA, and give them to her in lieu of the cash and then make up the difference in cash. that way, she is almost forced to get the animals altered, and if she doesn't, at least she doesn't have cash in hand to go out and buy something she doesn't need with it.
i think it is beyond a shitty thing to do, raising the price of the puppy cause she knows you have it. that is NOT a friend. i would choose your words carefully, both to her and any mutual friends, until you have made the deicsion to get the puppy or not.
***Edited By: Scout1 on 12/19/2006 9:08:17 PM*** Reason: x
I know what you're feeling though, I know that dog is just sitting there in a cold garage needing a home, but what your friend is doing is WRONG...and she's going to do everything she can to avoid fixing any of those dogs regardless of how you pay her (vouchers etc).
I think what she's doing is irresponsible, not just as a friend, or a breeder, but as a human being. She knows that the pup is having a hard time finding a home, so what does she do? Sees a bullseye on your head that says "Sucker" and decides she's going to milk YOU for all you're worth just because you have a heart and a conscience, while all she's worried about is her checkbook, and by forking over a blown up price, you're just encouraging her behavior.
So let's say you take this dog. She'll take the money that she's, in my opinion, extorted from you, have a happy Christmas, and then her dogs will once again, spit out another litter that will need homes that you can't take off her hands out of the kindness of your heart, and then what?
Call animal control/Humane services about the pup.
My husband always tells me that my heart is big enough to save the world, but our house and bank account isn't. He'd prolly say the same thing to you, too.
It's definitely wrong that she asked you for so much more money than she asked from anyone else. I think that you had a great idea though offering her $300 to get two of her dogs fixed. Honestly, she doesn't sound like she cares at all about these dogs so I doubt doing that is going to help her or her dogs out much. By getting more money from you she'll probably just think that she can keep making money by breeding her dogs. It would probably be better to adopt the dog from the shelter and cut off ties to this "friend"
You know I have had a friend for 20 years that if she knew I liked a horse she would hurry up and buy it before me. Or, if I told her I liked so and so's horse, all of a sudden it would be in her pasture. Some people are like that. If some one else wants it, all of a sudden-- they want it, or it becomes very valuable to them.
I wouldn't give her any more than she got from the other puppies. Though I sure hope that she has more than $20 in to the puppies as far as care.
I don't think she is intentionally being a byb, because she can not be making money doing this, these don't sound like a mix that people are beating down the door for. The lady just sounds not so bright, with a very oppositional defiant streak.
She called me a few minutes ago. That's why I shut my computer down for a minute. she said I hurt her feelings and that friends help friends out. I told her that I thought she was a user and that I try to help everyone and anyone if I can. I also let her know that if she did not make an honest effert to find the puppy a home, I was going to call the news station and let them know that people(her) has a defenseless puppy in an unheated garage and is unwilling to find it a home because it's ugly. I let her know that I'm sure the prosecutor will completely understand her reasons as he'e locking the key to her jail cell. I further let her know that I no longer wish to associate myself with her and she can feel free to lose my number. She's dropping the puppy off in an hour, free of charge. So I will see how this little one does for me, before I make a rash decision. I take my own dog to work with me, I work for a hospice for terminally ill adults and children, so all life I value. And these animals mean alot to my patience. So if I don't keep this puppy I will make damn sure it gets a FOREVER home. (I'm still working on my husband though) He's gonna crack , I can feel it. LOL