|Barked: Sat Mar 8, '08 9:18pm PST |
|I know this is a bit late but I want to address Summers story. Bringing a problematic dog back to a shelter is NEVER a good idea. I know you say maybe someone else will give him a chance. But that won't happen. What will happen is either the aggression will get worse from being BACk in the shelter again (Which is not an environment to calm any dog down) and if he is lucky enough to get adopted and the next people are like Summers parents and are not willing to do anything to help him then THEY might put him down anyway! So how are you helping the situation? Part of the reason so many dogs have problems is because they are tossed around, many in and out of adopted homes because no one wants to take the time to work with them. How do you figure a dog is going to learn anything if you don't take the time to teach them. If your kid comes out with behavioral problems, do you put the kid up for adoption? NO you don't! So why do that to a dog! They have already had a tough life and are not EVER going to learn anything unless they are tought. So right now that dog only knows that when he bites he gets put back at the shelter! This is why so many problematic dogs are put to sleep because ALOT of people don't want to spend the time to help them or find someone else who will. A rescue organization would have been MUCH better. They could have helped with rehabilitating his aggression issues and socialization with people and other dogs! Giving up is never the answer and it makes me so furious when that is what people do. They get dogs then when they learn they are going to take work, being its a puppy who is learning to be house trained, or a dog that barks because it spends all day outside tie to a 4 ft leash on a dog house (duh of course they are going to bark!) or a dog that was abused, somehow made it to a shelter, adopted then sent back to the place they came. You might have well put him down. At least he wouldn't be tossed around anymore! I wish there were more people out there that would dedicate the time and effort to help rehabilitate these dogs instead of giving up so soon!
PS: Just to all those other dog owners who say You have to be there, No you don't. If you learn and are around dogs enough then you learn you DON'T give up on them! It's just wrong! If you can't teach them give them a chance to be taught by someone else and returning to a shelter is not the answer. I learned my lesson thats why Im passing it along to others.
One more story then I'm done ranting. My ex husband and I got three dogs while we were together. When he left me he took Lexi. She was the dominant between the three. Well after a year I took her back due to circumstances that he couldn't keep her anymore to find her a new home. It had been so long since she was with my other 2 dogs Athens had become the dominant female. Lexi was challenging this. They got into several fights, even wound up accidentally nipping my arm one day. Long story short, I brought her back to the shelter I got her from in TEARS! With help from my dad and a rescue worker, I got her back. When My dad called the shelter he did just in time because she of course got scared cause she was in a situation unfamiliar to her. She did just what I knew she would do. She didn't like black men, and of course shelter workers with gloves scared her too i imagine. She growled and so they had put her in isolation to be put down. When I went to pick her up the shelter worker had ME go back to get her because she was growling at the lady. Of course the minute she saw me she was all licks and loving, tail wagging. I found a terrific man who found her a fabulous new loving home. She is a great dog, just needed to be the only one in a family. The whole thing broke my heart and still today makes me sad. But I know now why you don't bring dogs back to shelters, because if they already have problems bringing them back will just make them worse!
Edited by author Sat Mar 8, '08 9:25pm PST
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