Thursday, October 7, 2010

Interesting Week

I decided last week that I am going to have an adoption even this Saturday. Adoption have been so slow! Here is what is funny. Marcus is getting adopted today, Sprite has someone coming to see him tomorrow and will probably get adopted. Frito and Blake are both getting adopted Saturday morning. LOL!

I guess all I need to do is schedule an adoption event and everyone will get adopted before I go to the event. LOL!!

I still have 6 dogs going. I have a 4 month old beagle puppy and a 6 month old Terrier Chihuahua puppy going so I really really hope they get adopted. Poor babies, they need a home. Not fair for them to grow up in a rescue. UGH!

This week has been busy. We have this award at work.. there are like 5 or 6 categories and I was a finalist for one of them. I have had 3 days of activities and eating.. LOL It has been fun. I won too so that is super cool. I was nominated for the work I do with my dog rescue. How cool is that??!!

I am sure glad that some positive things have been going on this week... check out this email:

Good Morning,
We are in need of help with our 12 year old Jack Russell. She is a sweet, sweet dog; however, as she has aged she has become less and less patient with our three young children. She has never bitten them, she is just very anxious around them. She has also lost vision in her left eye. We do not know what to do with her and we have really tried to find an alternate home for her without luck. Can you help us? Do you have room in your rescue for Lucy? She loves to be loved and cuddled. She loves to sleep in your bed. She is abnormally calm yet content.
Please let me know if you can help us. If you can not, please also let me know what else I can do, if you don't mind.
Thank you for your time,

Come on people really???? I sent her an email which I am SURE she is going to email me back screaming at me about how horrible I am. But I sent her an email asking her to try to work things out. I gave her a few suggestions and I even said in the email, I am not saying any of this to make you upset, I just want you to stop and think about what is best for everyone including the dog.

I guarantee she will email me back screaming at me. LOL! That is what most guilty people do when I point out the obvious of re homing a 12 year old is just MEAN!


Allison at Novice Life said...

Congrats on your award! How rewarding to know that people around you appreciate what you do when you are not 'working'!

Dog Rescuer said...

My email to her:

Your email honestly made me want to cry. Stop and think about what you are asking... a 12 year old do that I am sure you have had since she was a puppy who is now blind in one eye and you want to up root her from everything she has ever known. I have a 4 month and a 6 month old puppy who I can't find homes for, what do you think the chances of a 12 year old blind in one eye dog's chance is to find a new home? I am not saying this to be mean, I am saying this to get you to stop and think. Have you thought of some alternatives? For example teaching your children to not bother the dog? Putting up a baby gate so Lucy can have 1/2 the house and the kids can have 1/2 the house? If you are having behavior issues with Lucy, have you thought about taking her to the vet to make sure something isn't wrong? Maybe after taking her to the vet and finding that there isn't anything wrong you could speak to a behavior trainer and see if there is something you can do for or with Lucy to help her not be more "patient"?

You have to understand that a dog of Lucy's age is near impossible to place. Again not to be mean but she has maybe if your lucky another 5 years on this Earth and people who are looking for a dog aren't looking for a dog that they will only have a short time. They are looking for a friend, a companion for longer then that. Not to mention the expense that goes along with an older dog as their health fades. Heck there are horrible people out there that dump their dogs at the kill shelter (aka county dog pound) as soon as the vet bills get "too much". We have taken in several senior dogs this year and although they had health issues when we took them in they were taken care of properly and now doing just fine.

I do want to warn you that if you do choose to take her to a shelter 99% chance she will end up being killed at the shelter, dieing alone and scared because #1 she is an owner surrender and #2 she is older and no one is going to adopt her.

If for some MIRACLE of a chance she gets out of the shelter either through a rescue (which all of us are full so I wouldn't count on it) or someone adopts her, the chances of her living her life happy are slim. A dog that old confuses easily, maybe become aggressive because they are confused, have been taken from the only thing / people they have known their entire lives and their routine is then changed. Older dogs do not do well with drastic change. My fear for her would be that she would end up abused for negative behavior that could just be due to her age and being confused.

Again this email is not meant to upset you, I know that sometimes you feel there is no way out of a situation and this sounds like an easy solution but really you need to think about the dog and what is best for her. I really really hope you choose to find a solution where you get to keep your dog that you love and that she gets to stay with the family she has known her entire life.

Good luck to you and Lucy will be in my prayers.

Roberta @ Silverwalk said...

When I read her email, I didn't hear her desperate to place her dog. She saw it as the best alternative and if you couldn't help them, asking for information on how best they could cope. I just may not have read it right. I hope, if they do not find a suitable solution at home, they send her to heaven in their arms.
GREAT news about the adoptions! Good luck for the weekend, too.

Patti said...

Well the e-mail was really brief, but it didn't sound like the situation was really that serious to do something SO serious as uprooting a dog in her retirement years from the home and owners she's known for her whole life. Not to mention the 99.999999% possibility that the dog will be living her retirement in a dog shelter. Imagine telling your grandmother, "Hey, you're getting too cranky. I think it's best you go live in the homeless shelter. It's for the best. Sure, you'll probably die in there, but you might get lucky and some random stranger willing to deal with your crankiness and medical bills may come pick you up. Good luck!"