|Barked: Wed Mar 16, '11 2:39pm PST |
|Jackson, you are the kind of owner I'd be proud to call mine were I a dog. I might get "super value" kibble but, I bet I'd get a vet, a few good toys and tons of love and playing with my human.
Like I said I only have a problem with those that use low income as an excuse not to vet, train, or even keep the dog at home or under their supervision at all.
Sure I've been there, the part time, minimum wage job because it's all I could find at the time while having a dog. Yes that dog ate the cheapest kibble, but got a portion of what I could buy with food stamps at the time as well and, she did have a regular vet, heart worm meds, and such.
As You pointed out, better that with love than dead. My beef is currently with a neighbor in particular. Okay so they are fixed income (1500/month) but they live Scott free on their son's place in a trailer so no utility bills, no rent. Still their dog has mange (whole belly and most of head bald and scabby), is under weight, runs the neighborhood, and might get a small bag of Ol' Roy a week aside from scraps and whatever trash it gets into. Their whole reason for not doing better "The vet wants 35.00 to look at her. We can't afford that on Social Security."
Yet offer to take the dog in and care for it and it's "Oh no, I could never give up my baby, you touch her and I will have you arrested." Their son's OEBD lives on a chain in the yard because he's too expensive to let run, a car might hit him or another not so dog loving neighbor might shoot him. Yet he is on the chain because he destroys the house and, that is because he was never trained and is never played with , walked or done anything to except yelled at to be quiet. Again, money is the excuse for not doing a thing for the dog.
Those are the low income sort I have a problem with. Now those that do all the can given what they have, I have no problem with - that's all anyone can do.
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