I don't know what's wrong with people! It really be-fuddles me how callus some people can be towards animals! As I travel up and down the roadways I am seeing more and more dogs and cats hit by the side of the road where they should not be!
YES! I am standing on my soapbox, and I am going to rant about this! Animals, give you unconditional love. In exchange for kindness and care they will give their lives to protect you, your home and your family. I don't know one person with the exception of a parent that would give their life for you freely. How can you betray that?
Some people treat animals as though they were a piece of furniture, as though they have no feelings at all. A good friend and I were talking about this the other day, and everytime I think about it I burn with white hot anger! Animals Do have feelings! They mourn for the loss of a love one, they feel joy when they see you walk through the door. They feel anger when you leave them or put them away for company. They feel remorse when they have done something that they know they should not have. They feel jealousy when you show an person or animal attention. They feel depression when you leave them in a boarding facility. They feel anxiety when you take to them vet or the grooming salon. So how is it that some people can just drop an animal off in a field in the middle of nowhere and take off? Worst yet, how can they be so cruel as to release them out on the expressway which would surly lead to a painful and cruel death?
They give love without strings or conditions. You could be a pauper, princess, or a pumpkin head, as long as they are with you and can be near you they are okay. They don't ask for the Taj Mahal, but if that's where you called home, they would be happy to there with you. For a few minutes of tossing the ball, playing with their laser toy or a piece of yarn, is probably a slice of heaven for the fortunate pets. I applaud people who
above and beyond to care for their pets. People who take the time to get in tune with their pets. People who exercise patience and understanding. Who don't expect to pop a can open and the dog knows everything that he is suppose to do with out instruction.
Guess what......? It doesn't work like that Alice, and sometimes it makes me wonder what land they came from!
Since I have gone mobile....grooming has taken an interesting and sometimes frightening turn with some of the people I have encountered. This one woman called me to make an appointment. She had a younger (approximately 3 months)shih tzu that she had just purchased that day, she was excited about the idea of having the groomer come to her since she had another dog as well and she was finding it difficult to find time to take him back and forth to the salon. The next day she called me and informed me that she had taken the puppy back to the breeder because the puppy was not potty trained. I have to say I was genuinely stunned by what she was saying to me. Then my second thought was that the puppy was probably better off with someone that didn't have instant expectations of them.
Maybe my take on it is a little different, since I was adopted by two dogs that had issues. My Big Dog had extreme separation anxiety when he came to me. If I would leave the house to turn the water hose off he would drool excessively and rip something to shreds. Not to mention urinate all over the kitchen floor. It took me several months to get him to calm down with the guidance of a professional trainer, and now.....he is a magnificent creature! He is such a joy to be around. He can be gently and sweet with so much personality that it is amazing to me that anyone would have dumped him the woods to fend for himself! My Phat Gurl, I understand why she got put out, but I don't agree with it. She had no manners, she was close to a year old and she was not potty trained, nor did she know anything about a leash, collar or sit, stay. She was a runaway child running wild. We went through months training and conversations that ended with" little girl.....I have been stubborn longer than you have been alive!" Now 2 years, 5 puppies, months of canine education, and occasionally having to introduce her to the cage, she is the BEST dog! I am very proud of how far she has come. I spent a lot of nights talking to my best girlfriend and doing deep breathing exercises.
I just don't understand why people don't do the research about owning a pet and the responsibility that comes with it. You have to teach them what you expect from them. YOU have to take the time to teach them the limitations. You would not expect a baby (human) to teach themselves how to use the potty chair, then why on earth would you expect a puppy or kitten to know what you want and where you want them to do it?
I do understand that some people move, their family members may develop an allergy and the pet has to be re-homed. There are a number of rescues out there some of the breed specific as well as shelters that can help. If you don't want to deal with unwanted kittens, and puppies or your male dog running away, get your pets spayed or neutered. Humane Societies usually do it relatively cheap. Dumping animals as though they were trash is totally unacceptable! People who commit that cruel and thoughtless act should be dumped alligator infected waters and let them see how they like it! It's just one word for people who do that........JERKS!!!!!
Still on my soapbox!!!
Until next time, have a great summer!