|Barked: Sat Mar 16, '13 10:54am PST |
|Gosh, I know exactly where you're coming from, OP...
I have a friend who got a pit bull pup and ended up saying she wants to breed her. I don't know how many times I talked to her about it. Sat down, tried to explain everything. She had that very simplistic view too, that the pups will all go to "good homes", yadda yadda....
I swear I talked to her for a couple of hours (after many tries before) and tried and tried to calmly explain to her everything that is wrong with her "rainbows and butterflies" idea, and the very realistic side of things. I wasn't so much pushing it on her, but she wanted to talk of it and seemed to want to listen so I fired away.
She finally decides she likely won't breed her because she doesn't want to risk complications and her dog dying.... but knowing how she is, I wasn't sold...
Let's add that her pittie girl, btw, is outside on the chain.... to get pregnant by any stray mutt. Obviously I tell her this but she insists "there's never any strays around".... -headdesk-
Lo and behold, when he dog goes into heat... she gets pregnant... by a loose dog... who the owner thinks was a mutt (she didn't see the dog). It was either her first or second heat.
She was so pissed that her dog got "knocked up" by a "mutt" and all I could do is just... no comment.
So fast forward, her dog has the puppies, all 8-10 of em (I don't remember the exact #). And after a couple weeks maybe, she calls me and is telling me about them (cue my "Are you for real? I don't even have anything more to say, your ignorance just baffles me out of my mind" face)...
I'll never forget this one little beauty of a comment she told me, and I quote, "I know they're pure pit because this one (puppy) locked jaw on my finger and wouldn't let go for like 5 minutes!" all happy about it..... At this point, I just... this was a one sided conversation. All I could do was, "...Ah huh... Mmmm.... ok...... yea....... ah huuuh". Just not even bothering to waste my breath anymore. There's no point.
But oh, my story isn't yet done (hang in there! lol I'm known to be long-winded)... She not only started giving the puppies away at 1-2 weeks old "because they get more attached to the owner that way.. y'know, when they're bottle fed, they'll be closer to the owner, it's better for them"..... Okay
..But around 6 weeks, 7 weeks, she gave the rest away and Every. One. of those puppies died except the one she kept and another who was the only puppy to receive vet care when he went ill (the owner, being a relative of my friend)... the vet gave him a wormer and he was fine...
So my hunch is that the rest of them likely died due to something simply treated or preventable, had they been given the proper care. -_-
I don't know if she'll ever understand the reality. Maybe she'll learn from this, maybe not. But she still excitedly whips out her phone with pics of her neighbors' and friends' litters, too happy to show them off. Little does she seem to realize (STILL, after YEARS) that I do not, in fact, share in her excitement every time I see or hear of another ignorant person breeding their dogs... but that I am silently holding my tongue and rolling my eyes, wishing I could pop the owners up-side their heads.
What ya gonna do?
-Edited to add-
I've brought my friend to the high kill shelter before (she wanted to go) and she was in tears, had to walk out and sit down because it upset her so much..... this was all before her dog had a litter, and she still won't listen. It's just amazing, it really is.
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