(Sorry, another soapbox rant today. Feel free to move on if you wish, but I have to get this off my chest.)
Today I am absolutely furious - not because of anything that's happened to me or mine, but because of the careless, unthinking cruelty of someone hundreds of miles away.
I'm sure most of you have figured out by now that we're rather fond of our animals here at Grouchy House. All our pets are much-loved and well treated. Sadly, that is not the case for all animals. Today I read Yarnhog's posts about a mama dog and her puppies, and I am just livid. That anyone would treat an animal in that way - especially an organization that supposedly exists to help animals - is completely inexcusable.
Part of my outrage is because we've seen a similar situation up close. When we still lived in Indiana, we adopted a Rottweiler mix from the local shelter, where the kids and I volunteered. Sadie was about one year old when we met her and weighed around 50 lbs. or so. We fell in love with her sweet personality and calm demeanor and took her home. At her first vet visit, we discovered that she was pregnant. Mind you, she was an "owner surrender", meaning that her previous owner had turned her in to the shelter (their excuse was that she was "too much trouble"). Apparently the "trouble" was that they hadn't had her spayed and didn't want to be bothered with taking care of puppies or finding them good homes.
Well, two weeks after we adopted her, Sadie had twelve puppies. Yep, twelve. Two were stillborn, but the other ten were big, healthy pups - out of a dog who only weighed about 55 lbs. when she delivered them. By the time the puppies were weaned and we'd found good homes for them all, Sadie was up to 70 lbs and looked like a different dog. It seems the previous owners thought they could starve her into miscarrying, and when that didn't work, they dumped her at the shelter. By the time we'd had her five months, she was at a healthy weight of 85 lbs and was an absolutely wonderful dog....and no trouble at all.
So obviously Yarnhog's story hit a nerve with me. There are so many wonderful animals out there that are being abused and neglected because people are just too stinking lazy to do the right thing, and it makes me furious. The few times that we have been unable to keep an animal, for whatever reason, we've made darn sure that we found a good home for it where it would be loved and cared for appropriately. It's really not that hard to do the right thing for an animal, you know. If a person can't even treat a dog or cat decently, don't you wonder how they'd treat other people - or God forbid, their children? Sad. Very sad.