Most of you are now familiar with Maggie and already know that I love dogs (size doesn’t matter) and can’t bear the thought of one being unloved, mistreated or ignored.
I always try to see both sides of a story, but if I’m honest, unless the dog is vicious, humans can fend for themselves.
When I first started my blog, I did several posts on dogs, including dogs at Christmas.
There are many reasons why people do, or do not, have dogs (or any pet), and I’ve come across a fair few in my time.
Some have been career minded individuals who realised they couldn’t look after a dog and all that ownership entailed, but once they retired, they were first in the queue and have never looked back.
On the other hand, I knew of several people who had always had a dog, but once they’d passed, were loath to get another because of their own age, health and circumstances.
One old boy I met recently has the best of both worlds as he ‘borrows’ his daughter’s spaniel during the day 3 times a week and when she goes on holiday.
I also know of a woman who fosters greyhounds as household pets, but should she want a holiday, the shelter provides kennels for them, and they are returned to her when she gets back.
I feel strongly about people who believe a dog will automatically adjust to a new baby and then wonder why jealousy raises its ugly head (it’s not always the dog’s fault), and I absolutely despise people who get a dog on a whim only to discard it some weeks later because it isn’t house trained (did they even try?), it chews the furniture (left alone and bored) or the novelty just wore off. (Allergies are acceptable)
In fact, I got my pedigree rough collie for nothing when he was almost four months old because the owner changed her mind and was going to have him put down. My opinion of her is unprintable.
A woman we’ve come to know had always wanted a dog and decided that now she is on her own, she’d have one.
She went down to one of the rescue shelters and selected a two year old miniature poodle, which had been returned on four occasions for one reason or another.
The dog settled in well and appeared to have no issues, but a fortnight later, she returned him to the shelter because she had to work and couldn’t keep him.
Her job is as a live-in carer for 2 weeks out of every 8, and she assumed that she would be able to take the dog with her.
I always thought that ‘adoptee parents’ were vetted beforehand so why wasn’t the matter raised during the process? Also, she was silly not to check with her employer first before committing herself.
What is so sad about this story is that the dog has once again been returned to the shelter through no fault of its own because she didn’t think things through properly.
If she had spoken to other people around her, there are two couples that I’m aware of who would have been only too pleased to take the dog on, one already having a dog and the other recently retired.