I worked at an animal rescue during my free time. It was sad working there, not because of all the abandoned animals but of the people I had to deal with. One lady gave us back a puppy she had adopted the other week and said: "I don't want this puppy any more, it barks and chews on everything. It went potty on my carpets and we had to tie him up outside. He barked all night and we don't want him." Well, I had a few choice words to say to her (which I kept to myself) but honestly, what did she think a puppy would do? This is just one incident, I have many more to share but I won't for right now. Has anyone else met people like this?
I think that people should be required to take a puppy class first before owning one. The same idea as marriage classes before getting married. That way people would know what to expect and not do stupid things like take the dog back because it cries and pees. I think I would have said those "choice words" to her. That is just so selfish and unrealistic. What does she think a puppy is supposed to act like? A perfect angel. She should have gotten a stuffed dog.
Yes, unfortunately I have. I can honestly say, it's best that the woman brought back the puppy. I've seen people get a puppy and think it's "defective" when it barks, poops on the carpet, or chews up something. So the puppy is banned to the back yard without any Human contact, just begging for a crumb of kindness and a little attention. It just sits there when it's cold, rainy, or hotter than heck in the summer. It stares in through the door and can't figure out why it can't come in and join the rest of the family. So, yeah, it's a good thing the woman realized that she didn't have enough space in her world except for herself. Hopefully the puppy will be adopted and become a member of a good family.
i know what you mean. people see animals as throw away possessions. i was in petsmert thie w/e, and these people had a samoyed pup. cute as a button, already bigger than my midget snowball. then a full size sammy walked by. these people were in shock at how big he was. im thinking, isnt that something you should be aware of BEFORE you get a dog? unless they were shocked not at the size but at the difference btw the pup and big guy... what really irks me is this excuse- moving, apt doesnt allow pets. i lived in dumps adn paid fortunes for them b/c i had a CAT! and they aren't messy like dogs! its something to consider b4 you get the pet. for that reason, i didnt get a dog till iowned. there are next to no apts that allow pets where i am it was easier to wait.
2 years ago I took in a pregnant stray. When the time came to sell the puppies, a lady down the street bought 1. I thought this was absolutely perfect since she was just a few houses away. After night 1 she was knocking on my door saying "This puppy isn't potty trained and she cried all night. I just dont know what to do. I dont think we will be able to keep her." Needless to say, I took the puppy and gave the lady her money back. I dont think people understand what it takes to raise a puppy. They see this cute, innocent little face and think "AWWWW I want 1" not realizing it is not a stuffed animal that you can throw in the corner of the room, never needing food, water, love, attention, exercise, vet care, toys, and the list goes on. On top of it all, they pee and poop in the house without proper training and supervision, they cry at night for a few weeks or longer, they chew and bite anything and everything, they will also bark. That is what dogs do........they BARK!!!!!
Great Idea, Wolf. I have to say, that Toby is my first puppy. I had dogs as a kid but they were already grown and out of the puppy stage by the time we got them. My parents for the most part took care of them. I have had another dog of my own also, but she was grown when I got her. Toby is my first baby. I thought I had a good idea of what having a puppy meant. WRONG!!It's just like having a baby. There are so many things I have learned as I have gone along. Yes, he has cried, peed, pooped, chewed, threw-up and woke me up many nights to go out. I can't leave the house without taking care of the puppy and making sure he has everything he needs, and is in his crate, and has gone to the bathroom, and had enough to eat, and drink and......you get my point. Those carefree days of just grabbing my keys and bolting out the door are gone. But it's all good. I love him so much and wanted him so bad that I am willing to make whatever sacrifices are necessary. I guess some people just don't feel that way. Does your puppy packet include something to make people understand all these things? Like a stupid stick to hit themself with when they think otherwise? LOL
Some people across the street from us are always getting new puppies, usually are pommeranians and keep them tied up to the little tree outside. The first one we noticed was named Jay Jay, poor thing, was even kept out during the cooler weather and he was a tiny dog. He suddenly dissapeared and we heard he was hit by a car. They've had several more since, they go inside very little, always a different puppy. I guess they all get run over. Were in a rural town, don't know if there is anyone to monitor these people.
I just don't understand why someone would go and buy/adopt a dog without doing research on the breed and how to train FIRST. I just don't get it. Do they actually believe these animals pop out fully trained and housebroken?
Yup, as soon as the pups hit the floor, they are potty trained, polite, and just waiting to get their Obedience title. Yeah right!!! I hate people like that. They cheese me off real bad. Ignorant freaks.... *Curses to self in head* ---Allie the Chihuahua http://www.dogster.com/?41063 Wanna be pup pals? ---Mönica the Kitty http://www.catster.com/?57596 Wanna be Feline Friends?
I dont suggest this in any way...but I saw while visiting friends 3 pups...they were abused ( in my eyes) and severly ignored. I was really young..and times were different then...But...we drove late at night and stole the pups and took them to the vet the next day. The german shepherd...was beautiful...except his eye was gouged out and dangling on his face...and the little one...maybe 5 inched long...was so weak it could barely move...I couldnt get the last one...We didnt go to that friends house in a long time...Half afraid to...but those 2 pups got a better life. Some times it warrents taking matters into your own hands,.....This is the first time admiting this...if questioned...Ill deny it...lol...
All i have to say is Do your research!!! before you get a puppy. Read about what to expect the first couple months. All puppies go through stages and no puppy is perfect. So before you make the comitment of getting a puppy, do your research.
When you give a person a puppy, do you really know what they are like? Even meeting them in person is not enough. Its good that most people I keep in touch with, but some I never hear from... I feel guilty because the dog is my responsibility and I choose its life more or less
Wolf, It might not be a bad idea (seriously) to question them. Ask them stuff like, "Do you know that a puppy will:" 1. pee and poop all over the place if you are not watching it constantly 2.bark alot 3. need to go outside all hours of the night 4. chew stuff up 5. cry 6.keep you awake 7. need to be walked and exercised daily 8. accrue vet bills I'm serious - it seems some people don't realize these things!!!!!