|Barked: Thu Dec 13, '12 12:50pm PST |
|Yeah... I'd find out what rescue the puppy was from and tell them the situation, and I'd find the turtle an experienced turtle home too. As for the cats... Hard to say really.
I can absolutely relate. Why? My mother is much like this. She absolutely LOVES her pets and she certainly takes more care of them than your roommate, but they're spur of the moment decisions and she's NOT the best pet owner. I mean, her dog is great, but he NEVER got ANY exercise before she moved to her farm and now it's just because she lets him free-roam outside(he's allowed inside as he wants too of course)... And her cats? Ugh. Spur of the moment to get BOTH at the same time.
She almost got rid of her one cat the other day. Her reason? Grayson got locked in a bedroom once when she went to town for the day, something spooked him, he panicked, and he damaged his paw pads trying to get out of the room - he had chunks missing from his pads! And there was blood all over the place. He's been anxious ever since and because she has a baby gate at the bathroom where the litter box is to prevent the dog from eating litter, Grayson is terrified of going in there - he feels trapped. So... I suggested places to put the litter box that the dog doesn't go anyway and the cats could. "Oh, but the carpet!"... So get a rubber mat or a rug! Excuse after excuse, saying she was taking him to the shelter - alone, because 'they would separate the boys anyway'. No. Generally, they try to keep them together at the shelter here, but whatever. So then she says, "YOU take him then!" Yeah... Because I don't already have two dogs, two rabbits, and a snake. I'm pregnant and I can absolutely afford to bring in your anxious cat to boot. Yup. I already took one of their mess ups once(Maya) and I'll never be the person they can clean their hands off on again.
FINALLY... She moved the gate, calls me the next morning, "I found a way to move the gate so Grayson can get past it without jumping it." Good. There ya go. "There's no more poop or pee around the rest of the house and he's using the box again." HOW HARD WAS THAT!? I even suggested cutting a little cat hole in the gate, and "But Moonie jumps over it.." Ugh.
People truly... Truly irk me.
It's not hard to take proper care of your pets...
Or the friend with two babies(a two year old and a baby under six months), who got a second dog(IRISH SETTER PUPPY NO LESS!), had three cats, and got a rabbit for her little boy. WTF. Not only have her cats gone DAYS without a clean litter box, but the rabbit... Omg... Her rabbit would go for DAYS without ANY water at all, or food, or a clean cage. It was DISGUSTING. And the two year old was allowed to handle her, so he'd pick her up and throw her - no wonder she's terrified of people! I managed to get the rabbit out of there. One of the cats who had severe issues, ended up a barn cat when they moved and she disappeared. And the dogs? Well... They're doing great living on a farm where they moved, but they have to move back to the city for their little boy because of his disabilities - how often are those poor dogs going to get walked then? Never. And excuse after excuse for their behavior. Her older Shepherd/Collie can be fear aggressive with strangers. "Oh, she'd never bite anyone." Sure as heck, yes she would and she HAS tried! Ugh.
Sorry for the rant.
I just get it is all.
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