|Shiver Me- Timbers- "Charlie"|
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|Barked: Fri Aug 10, '12 2:06pm PST |
|My fiance's family is a whole lot of idiots with dogs. Literally. They just... yeah.
His brother has three kids all under the age of four, and they have a Lab/Border mix that they've had since a puppy and the poor dog gets NO exercise, no mental stimulation, NOTHING. And he locks her up constantly to keep her away from the kids even though she's great with the kids!
His mother... She has a Bichon/Shih-tzu about two years, and a 6 month GSD/Aussie mix puppy. These dogs are NEVER exercised, get no mental stimulation, are threatened with hands and feet(slaps and kicks), and the puppy is SO desperate for exercise and attention that she barks and whines and SHIVERS from the sheer amount of energy she has nothing to do with. I have seriously considered pup-napping this puppy. Super smart, super energetic, entirely focused on her people, is EXACTLY what I've always wanted in a dog and they DO NOTHING with her and feed her cheap crappy food while telling me "it's just as healthy as the expensive crap you feed!". When I told them my dog had seizures on their dog food, they looked at me strangely and said, "Dogs can have seizures?" These people live in an RV park on the outskirts of the city, in their tiny trailer(not a house trailer, a camping trailer), with the dogs locked up in the house or a tiny fenced in patch of gravel.
Now... His sister. Ugh... She owns her own home, it's large, and she's got a huge privately fenced yard, yay! But she went and got herself a Pug/Cairn cross, got mad when I explained it was a 'mutt' and not a purebred at all, and this puppy is so OUT OF CONTROL hyper it's insane. She has four children - 10 year old, 4 year old, 2 year old and 1 year old. These children take ALL this attention that this puppy needs and she can't give enough to either halves - then she goes out and gets a fricken Irish Wolfhound puppy! While her other puppy is still an out of control puppy! With children that smother, hit and kick dogs and abuse them.
Well, fiance's mother laid into sister for getting an IW, and she got upset. Then my fiance laid into her for getting one when she has so many children, AND another puppy already. What does she do? Calls me and flips out that we RENT(omg, how dare we own dogs while renting!), that we have no yard(le gasp, because we have to escort our dogs outside for potty breaks and omg, we SUPERVISE all outdoor stuff!), and how dare WE lay into her, when we're not responsible owners.
We rent. We have no yard. Our dogs STILL get more mental and physical stimulation than ANY of their dogs. And while these are ALL people that will happily rehome a dog for ANY reason, we've NEVER rehomed dogs unless they were fosters and ALWAYS when finding new homes, waited until we found one that was pet friendly. How dare us for feeding expensive 'crap' that my dog doesn't have seizures on. How dare we walk our dogs and escort them outside for potty breaks because we don't have a yard. How dare we be a young couple with a dog and a puppy, when we plan to get married and eventually have kids - because dog forbid if things change in life for us - we might toss our dogs to the street the moment something changes! Not.
I even managed to keep my dog when I was homeless! Now THAT'S a feat! I rehabilitated and rehomed several dogs, and rehabilitated my own Rottie til she had to pass away. But as soon as his sister had to move, she got rid of her husky and lab OH. Forgot to mention - her Pug/Cairn puppy who is like... six-seven months old, is intact, escaped the yard, and now they believe she's pregnant because she escaped while she was in heat and she's getting fat.
I'm so frustrated it's unbelievable. I'm a renter, but that doesn't automatically mean I'm a bad, irresponsible owner. I'm young, that doesn't mean I'm going to be out partying instead of spending time with my dogs. I'm engaged, but that doesn't mean I'm going to jump to have babies and get rid of my dogs because, gasp, I had a baby(my dogs were socialized with kids/babies for a reason!). I have no yard, but my dog STILL gets more physical and mental stimulation, but I'm a bad owner because I can't have them in a fenced in area to play? My dogs are just as happy playing in the front, on long lines, as they are when off leash or at my moms farm, AS LONG AS IT MEANS THEY'RE OUTSIDE!
I'll never understand people... Seriously. I want to smack sense into people...
Edited by author Fri Aug 10, '12 2:09pm PST
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