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Old 07-07-2012, 10:34 PM   #11
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oin ordee to have a horse or dinkey for a pet, you'd actually take care of them.

are they really pets, or warm blooded toys?

btw, dental and blood exams are slightly less than educated guesses at age approximation, at best. ask the vet. unless you know an animal's entire history, care, and diet, dental exams and certain hormones or blood factors are shots in the dark.
When I brought a sr. Lab in to the vet, this was a boy that was left tied up at the HS after hours, slated for euthanasia, I asked the vet how old he thought this boy might be. His answer was "it doesn't matter how old he is, they all die at different ages." And, Benny got a wonderful home and lived another 3 years. I like to think those were the best years of his life.
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Old 07-07-2012, 10:41 PM   #12
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darn, you quoted me before i could correct my spelling. my phone sucketh for my big fingers.

that's nice, cws. i'm sure your doggie loved you for it.

but how does it relate to actual home care of a pet vs. paying someone to do it, much like having a nanny for your kids and only seeing them on weekends?
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Old 07-07-2012, 10:46 PM   #13
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...much like having a nanny for your kids and only seeing them on weekends?
On reflection, that doesn't sound all that bad.
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Old 07-07-2012, 10:54 PM   #14
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lol, i wish i had a nanny.

not for my boy, of course.
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Old 07-07-2012, 11:59 PM   #15
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I love to hear the rescue stories.

I look back and still can't believe how lucky we were to have had our rescue pup, Ozzie, in our lives for so many years. He was only about a year old when he adopted us , and lived to the ripe old age of 17. He passed away in my arms last July. Ozzie was a loyal and faithful friend every single day of his life and we were so blessed to have had him share his life with us for so many years!

Here he is in the summer of his 15th year.
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Beautiful dog, Cheryl!
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Old 07-08-2012, 12:05 AM   #17
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Oh, sweetness, Ozzie! RIP.
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Old 07-08-2012, 12:23 AM   #18
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darn, you quoted me before i could correct my spelling. my phone sucketh for my big fingers.

that's nice, cws. i'm sure your doggie loved you for it.

but how does it relate to actual home care of a pet vs. paying someone to do it, much like having a nanny for your kids and only seeing them on weekends?
BuckyTom--I have personally assessed more than 100 dogs (shelter dogs, owner surrenders, which, I have to say, makes up the majority--why others should have to take responsibility for a person's unwanted pet is beyond me--don't get me started). Of those, only 4 had to be euthanized, and only 1 because of unadoptable/dangerous temperament. The other three had cancer, one of which was left by her owners when they moved and the neighbors fed her--she was in stage 4 of bone cancer when I got called by the shelter. I held her in my arms 4 hours after picking her up while the vet humanely euthanized her--oh, and $300 later. Why did I have to do that? I have personally fostered more dogs than I can count--I think it is 56, but I might be shy a few. I don't know how that equates to having s/one else do it. I have gotten phone calls in the middle of the night threatening to kill the dog if I didn't come and get it "RIGHT NOW." I've had people threaten to come and shoot me if I didn't let them adopt a dog (is it any wonder I have an unlisted # and don't use my name on forums, etc.?) As a foster and rescue volunteer, the only thing for which I ever received payment was if I paid a vet bill up front or, in a few cases, mileage (I drove 13 hours to get one dog--another one of my most favorite Saints), for that I got my gas reimbursed, not mileage. No, I don't know how come people would not have their pets with them--but then, I also don't understand a lot of things about how people care for (or not care for) their pets.I also don't understand why a person would call a stranger and demand that that person come and get the dog because it got in the diaper pail at 10:00 p.m. in the middle of a snow storm. Whoa. Little kitty I took in April is an example...not my pet/responsibility, but once I opened the door and let her in, she was my responsibility. And then there is that Saint Bernard that had to be chiseled out of the ice up in Inuvik...another sad story--but, in the end, she was adopted by a great family and spent the rest of her life as a "reading" dog (one of those therapy dogs that goes into schools and kids read to it).

There are those who believe we have "secret gardens" in our hearts. Buried in my secret garden are the dark stories about rescues I don't/can't want to share. The dogs I couldn't help. The ones that died in my arms, where all I could do was wash their feet, burn a candle, and sing to them while I waited for the vet arrive--brain dead, but not dead--oops, one of the black memories that should stay in my secret garden. Don't even go there with me--you don't want to--nor do I. I can go more rounds than you probably want to go--more rounds than most folks not involved with rescue care to go. And, I spent 10 years involved with rescue, so I have a lot of stories...many good, some bad, some really, really bad. And one of those good stories is currently sleeping with his 40 lb head on my foot. He's visiting for 10 days while his "parents" go on vacation. I'm so happy he's here!
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Old 07-08-2012, 01:00 AM   #19
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cws, i think you misread me.

you are EXACTLY the kind of person who loves and cares for pets, not toys. i'm sorry if what i wrote offended you but it certainly wasn't intended for you.

my family and i have adopted (in my lifetime) 1 adult dog, one pup that we fostered, 1 dog that was in the last stages of life, 2 seperate stray abandoned kittens, and 7 adult cats in all stages of life. we've only ever purchased 1 purebred cat, and 2 parrots over the years. we even adopted a turtle that was meant for food, and he now lives with 4 goldfish from church fairs. (i could shoot the people who give your 3 or 4 year old kid a goldfish as a pet. how do you say no? with proper care, they freakin' live forever, getting huge on turtle food!)

i've given years of meds including topical and oral, and im and sc injections to many of them, but have also had the horrible familial duty each time of playing god when it was time to put our last 4 beloved cats down in the past few years. it never is easy.

again, sorry about the miscommunication. i was trying to define a pet vs. an occasional dalliance with a kept animal. ask those deluded people how many times they've cleaned up poop, or wiped encrusted tear ducts, or dealt with parasites, or old age, or daily feeding and grooming, and so on in their home.
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CWS, there is a place in our hearts for anyone who helps to take what should have been a beloved pet to its maker. I have a friend who cannot do it for her own pets when the time comes. My husband and I bawl our eyes out, but stand by them, holding and loving. I know you helped me with Rosebud.

I don't know how else to say it. Adopt an appropriate pet when you are looking. Don't adopt a pet that you, in your heart, know that you cannot truly care for.

There is no such thing as a "free" pet. I paid $200 for my shelter dog. When I thought we couldn't keep her, I'd have given up that money with no problem. I was bawling my eyes out when I thought she couldn't live with the elderly and child friends I have. I cried and cried and cried. I'd signed an agreement with the shelter that I'd give her back and they could keep the money.

If you cannot afford medical care for your pet, don't get one. Period. You're endangering neighborhood pets, your children, etc.

Larger animals mean larger vet bills. So if your genitals are proportionate to your dog, look to the vet bills.

It took me several months, and advice from many DC and local column readers to get Rosebud to be a lover-ly doggie, but she is only 23 lbs. If I had to do it with an 80 pounder, someone would be in deep kimchee. At 17 lbs and 8 mos old, we could start a training regime. She is not, by far,a well-trained dog. But within the first year we had her, she cavorted with a German shepherd, two teenaged boys with problems, and a two-year old child. But it took work.

I don't believe anyone should take on a dog who isn't going to be dedicated to it.
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