I am so aggravated, I need to vent. I am finally ready to get a new dog. It hurt so badly when I lost my last dog, I just couldn't do it right away.
Anyway, I decide I'll "do the right thing" and take a dog from a shelter. I was advised to go on-line and look at the pics, updated weekly. I picked a sweet beagle mix who has a mark on her face exactly like my old dog. It says she may have congenital cataracts, needs f/u w/ specialist etc. I call and leave a message, she is currently in a "foster home."
Well, foster mom yakked on endlessly about the dogs needs. The dog was found at 6 weeks old with mange, UTI, eye infec may not actually be blind at this point but need to f/u, tapeworm, and is now up to date on shots etc... Obviously the dog has special needs and I am willing to accept/pay for that.
Now the foster mom says the dog will also need to be enrolled in obedience classes for the "socialization" since I currently have no other dogs. OK, excuse me, but that the HE!!???
Then they will do a vet check to be sure I have given my dogs every rabies shot, heartworm q year, and truth be told, I didn't. I never ignored them , but frankly, they were inside dogs, and when we were very low on cash, my husband said, that would have to go, his logic was they were only outside being walked on a leash, what was the likelyhood that our animals would be bitten by a rabid squirrel in that situation. I had to admit it made sense, and it worked for out purse. Now, this may be held against me!
I am soooo pi$$ed. How dare they judge me on that alone?? I will not lose, I will just BUY a dog, the dog will not lose, b/c they will eventually find someone who meets their exceedingly high standards, the only one I see losing is the foster mom who can't see the forrest through the trees. She will have to keep the dog and continue to incur the medical expenses herslef along with her other 4 dogs and nine cats! You go O perfect one!
Thanks! I had to get that out! I just feel like saying I am not a good caregiver to my animals is like calling me a bad person, and I am not a bad person, or a bad animal caregiver, and I RESENT the implication!!
Aug 14, '01
hoolahan-i wish you would reconsider. look up new jersey pet rescue on your computer. i did and there are several. i only looked at one of them since i don't know what area you are in, but they do have puppies. they are a private non profit organization just for the animals. their e- mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
. i think you are giving up too easy. i have no respect for people who help to keep the pet shops and puppy mills going. i can't believe there are no puppies to be found anywhere near you that are not in the shelter. and by the way, you say they have pure breds in the paper. what do you think you are going to find at a pet store????????????
Last edit by tiger on Aug 14, '01