I very briefly mentioned the possibility of Sadie being rehomed in my previous post. It’s been about a week since her owners first brought it up with me (via text), and I’m out of that weepy/murderous/relieved phase of emotions that wells up at the thought of them getting rid of her. Enough that I can talk about it, at any rate.
I just wrote out the most vitriolic post, and I’m not going to post it. Suffice to say, Sadie’s owners make me SO ANGRY.
A very shortened version of the list of their crimes:
They don’t: walk her (at all), have her fixed*, train her, socialize her, trim her nails, feed her decent quality food, know how lucky they are to have such an amazingly sweet tempered dog in spite of themselves.
I suspect they don’t: keep her up to date on all her shots, love her.
I suspect they do: hit her. I know you should focus on a dog in the ‘here and now’, but I don’t pet her on the top of her head, because even the gentlest approaching hand in the above/side of head region causes her to flinch down.
They do: want to breed her (probably with the idea of making money, because they are stupid), have a 15(ish) year old son, but choose instead to pay me (barely) to walk her. I suspect he would have preferred a ‘tougher’ looking breed.
They are considering getting rid of her. They think youngest son’s asthma could be increased by Sadie (as opposed to the two long haired cats in the house that require less time/money/energy to maintain in good health… interesting**), and, while they’re still unsure of it, let me know this.
I want to tell them that it must be Sadie that’s causing their son’s breathing issues. Whatever excuse for her to not live with them. I want to tell them, not a problem, just give her to me. I want to be sure that in their next lives, they are treated just the way they treated Sadie, but I can only hope. I want to take her home and get her fixed and teach her that getting her nails cut isn’t too bad, and teach her to ‘down’ and ‘stay’ and ‘leave it’ and ‘play dead’, and not go on the couch, and get rid of her food guarding, and maybe do some agility with her, because she’s super smart.
I live with my parents, and my dad is about to go in for a knee replacement surgery. They might love having Gwynn, but they aren’t interested in being a two-dog household. I would love to take her, but the best I can do for her is try to find a good home for her, and, if necessary, keep her for a few weeks (and training her a lot!) while looking for that home.
Yup, definitely not out of the weepy/angry phase… relief might come back into play once they determine once and for all that they’re going to get rid of her.
*this is not a comment on all people whose dogs are unfixed, or who intend to breed their dogs, this is a comment on irresponsible, stupid jerks who see their dog as a possession they can make a profit off, instead of a living creature and part of the family.
** I like cats a lot, don’t get me wrong. But in the grand scheme of allergens, cats are generally higher on that scale solely due to their cleanliness. All that allergen-filled saliva-bathing does a number on your sinuses.