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Anger--another dog dropped off.
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Mike    Posted 01-02-2004 at 07:53:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Wife called me from home when I was at work Wed.

A really nice golden retriever just showed up outside our door and wouldn't leave. He wore a collar, but had no tags. Really friendly and obedient, but wanted to come in the house really bad. Cried on our stoop most of the day. Didn't appear to be abused or hungry,--just wanted to come in.

It broke our heart, but we had to take him to the humane society. He is still there and they have a no kill policy, so he will be ok for awhile.

Now I am feeling angry and guilty. I just can't handle any more animals right now.

Sure--just drop the poor fellow off by me and put this guilt trip on me during New Years.

Whoever did this and treats animals like that should be shot!!

Sorry--just had to vent a little

KellyGa    Posted 01-02-2004 at 17:05:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey Mike, haven't seen you on here in a while. How's Lucy? Tip is great. I hate to hear about the dog being dropped off, I know that was hard. I had a similar situation to wrestle with earlier this week. I went to visit a friend in Phenix City. To make a long story short, she thinks she loves animals, but has no money to have animals, but ends up with them anyway. The last two are dead. One hit, one just fell over dead, who knows why. Heartworms, or somebody poisoned him, because he ran around. Now, she has another, 8 weeks old, no time, no money, I hope she takes my advice and took it to Petsmart today to the no-kill rescue people that come there on Saturday. If not, it will end up dead or pregnant. I love my friend, we have been friends for 23 years, and it is hard to look away. I have to tread lightly, and hope she makes the right choice. Her long time boyfriend is the one who brought it home, hhmmppph... says he missed having a dog, whatever. Thye have a teenager and a 4 year old to take care of, no time or money for animals. I convinced her to give away his three remaining finches, before they all died. The cage was always nasty, one was naked, being picked on plucked clean by the others, one died right before I got there, and the other two looked poorly. She says their molting, lol, I said, Sherry no they arent, I have finches twice that size and they lose their feathers all the time, GRADUALLY...while others are growing in just as fast. Duh... I love her, but it is hard. I loaded them up in a cage and we gave them to a neighbor.

There is no end to the way people think. She told a mutual friend of ours, ( I talked to Lesa, the mutual friend online for 3 hours last night) that Her and I spend way too much time and money on our animals. Lesa tried to explain to her (she raises bulldogs, shows them and sells them, no not a puppy mill, very good breeding, I have been there. Very nice facilities for them. They are all her babies.) that animals need worm pills, shots, grooming, Flea preventative, and such. She doesnt see eye to eye on this. It drives Lesa and I crazy to no end.

Mike    Posted 01-02-2004 at 20:24:10       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi Kelly,

Good to hear from you too. Lucy is just fine, but she was quite upset about the other dog in the yard. He was in HER territory and playing with HER outside toys. That was not good at all. My wife was afraid to let her outside or the other one in. She didn't think she could stop a fight if there was one. So Lucy just stayed inside and barked her head off while the Golden was going around from window to window and whinning.

However, everything is ok now.

Sounds like your friend means well, but just doesn't understand how she is affecting the animals. That is really too bad. I don't know what could be done about it. You can talk and talk about it, but she probably cannot see beyond what she wants and feels.

Animal abuse really bothers me. I think it is just as bad as child abuse. Of course animals are not human, but they do have feelings and emotions and are God's creatures just like all of us. They are innocent bystanders and depending on us for care--just like children are.

OK, I will get off my soapbox. I don't mean to preach, but just had to vent a little.



RayP(MI)    Posted 01-02-2004 at 15:24:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
Happens so often here that I don't even have to tell the dog warden my address: "This is Ray - got another one fer ya." I've gotten to the point that I can't move 'em along fast enough. If the owner wanted to keep 'em alive he'd have done the right thing the first time. I've gone the route of calling and annoying all the neighbors, keeping the drop-off for a couple weeks, etc. It never works! If I get to the point where I can properly care for and keep a dog, I'll pick it out, and pay the necessary fees, and train 'em properly, and love 'em to death. Until then, no drop-offs welcome.

Wyo    Posted 01-02-2004 at 10:55:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
People like that should be dropped off in the winter and see how they like it. And a Golden at that, they are the symbol for trust and obedience and companionship, must be a cold hearted so and so to do that. We should put micro chips in owners so we could locate them when they abuse animals like this. Those of us who live in the country have a deep love for animals and things like this happen too often for us.

George`    Posted 01-02-2004 at 14:51:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Wyo, You know that not all dogs were just put out along side the road. I know this because, I'm constantly seeing "Lost Dog" signs posted on utility poles and in public places. And I know from experience that good dog of breeding get picked up and stolen. Our Dog, Gypsie Girl disappeared for about 3 weeks once. When she returned she looked as bad as did Lassie in the movie, Lassie Come Home. She was gant and weak, but she came back to us as soon as she saw an opportunity. We never learned what happened but, one thing is sure, her home was where her heart was. We should take good care of our dogs, they are a great deal more loyal than humans.

phyllis    Posted 01-02-2004 at 10:47:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
That's sad that people will drop off animals like that, and cold-blooded too.

Where we are in the country, mostly what I've seen is people just moving and leaving their dogs. Twice, at least, that's happened. We only have 4 of our own, but I feed four more in our driveway that don't have any other person to take care of them. They're good dogs, too, and I can't understand why or how someone could do that.

Hopefully the retriever will get a good home, with the right care that he should get.

Been there, done that    Posted 01-02-2004 at 10:14:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Seems like we get a couple a year. One time my Mom got so mad she wrote a letter to the editor, informing the low life dirtbags that she was gonna shoot the dog that was dropped off. We got calls from dozens of folks that wanted it, and the SPCA threated us, hehehe, well the dog was eating and having a ball on the farm 'til someone showed up to give it a home. Anyway, here's one I posted a few years ago,

Dieselrider    Posted 01-02-2004 at 13:52:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good article Ron, that one should be posted in every local paper a couple times a year.

Jon(MI)    Posted 01-02-2004 at 10:04:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mike seems like this is a recurring problem with your place of residence. Next time take a picture of the dog, place it in the local paper with a comment that it was abandon at your driveway. A neighbor of the owner might just recognize the unfortunate pet and contact you or the humane Soc.
Then you have the Bast---!!

deadcarp    Posted 01-02-2004 at 09:57:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
one day as i followed down the tar, i saw kittens come bouncing outa some suv with city plates. one guy was tossing and apparently the occupants saw some humor in the whole scenario. i'll bet they really enjoyed the 4 flat tires they had after lunch. did you know kitten bites look like they were made by a leatherman blade? always try to help clowns like that.

big fred    Posted 01-02-2004 at 10:08:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
You can tell country folks from city folks by their license plates?

Redneck    Posted 01-02-2004 at 11:12:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
Most of the time.

big fred    Posted 01-02-2004 at 13:11:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm serious, how does that work? Around here there is no difference between license plates in different parts of the state. I know back in my hometown in North Dakota, the local indian tribe has their own plates, and that some states seem to have county plates or something like that (don't recall where I saw that, maybe Michigan or Kentucky?)

Redneck    Posted 01-02-2004 at 17:12:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
Of coarse you can't tell for sure around here, but after a while if it smells like a city dude....

Dieselrider    Posted 01-02-2004 at 09:36:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
That is about as low as a person can get, to drop off a pet expecting someone to take it in or fend for itself. I agree mike they should be shot or maybe better off find the one who dropped it off and drop them off in the middle of a desert or wilderness with no food, shelter or clothes for that matter and see how they like it. Sorry, that really irritates me big time.

Salmoneye    Posted 01-02-2004 at 08:20:44       [Reply]  [No Email]

mike    Posted 01-02-2004 at 08:46:10       [Reply]  [Send Email]
SW part of Wisconsin.

Winter in this climate--I just had to take him somewhere. Didn't want to go to humane society, but was hoping that he was lost or would be claimed. No such luck.

He appears to be healthy-- I would guess anywhere from 2-4 years old and weighs about 100 pounds.

He is a really nice dog. I would take him, but just can't do it now.

Dang...    Posted 01-02-2004 at 09:22:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sounded perfect for my Mom...Too dang far for us though...

Hope someone nice can take him...


mike    Posted 01-02-2004 at 09:52:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks anyway. I won't give up, and will see to it that this guy lands on his feet and gets a good home somewhere.

Humane Society told us that they will turn him over to a Golden Retriever Rescue after a period of time. However, I would like to get him out of there ASAP. Very depressing for a country dog to be locked in a cage all day, and there is much higher chance of him getting sick and being put down.

They are very popular and sought after dogs.--am sure someone will want him.

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