Friday, December 12, 2008

Asshat Rant - Think we could spay/neuter the asshats?

I received this ad from a concerned reader. It was inspiring ... it inspired me to roll my eyes, call out obscene words to my computer monitor (much to the amusement of my coworkers), and generally think terrible things about the world's asshat population. I just wanted to bang my head to my ... oh what the he11 ... *headdesk, headdesk*

Here's the link:

The gist of it is that they don't want to keep their Great Pyrenees because "he was supposed to be a guard dog and isn't hanging around the house ... he's wandering around the neighbourhood" ... uh ... hello? earth to asshat? You know your dog would likely minimize his wandering if you got him neutered?? Oh yeah, I forgot - you don't have enough money to neuter him. The owner is a single mom on a limited income, so she wants $400 for him to "recoop some of what she spent" - a 4 year old dog with little training that isn't altered ... asshat.
The most ... "inspiring" ... thing about this entire ad? They are looking to replace him with another large guard dog. Who, by the way, must be good with their kids, not look like a Shepherd, not bite the kids, guard the house, and not be too expensive. *headdesk*

Here's a screen cap of the ad in case it is removed.

Do you think that we could put forth a new bylaw requiring all asshats to identify themselves? This way we could offer a spay/neuter clinic for the people ... no, not their dogs - the people ... can we really say we want these people reproducing?

So much for "spay and neuter your pets" being the coin phrase ... soon it will be "spay and neuter your asshat relatives".


Mel, Foxtail Farm said...

Heck, my male Great Pyrenees is neutered, and he still wanders off if he's not fenced (which he is). These dogs were bred to roam with their flocks and protect them, not to protect a fixed point. Some of them will stay close, but you can't count on it just because of the breed.

RedDeerSeeker said...

I guess the next people that get him will have to pay for a a fence...oh yeah, and $400 just to purchase him....yeah right. Theres a real selling feature.

Oh yeah....get a new one that you can't afford to spay or neuter and let them wander around reproducing...good idea!

They REALLY LOVE this guy...just not enough to put one ounce of effort into. Poor puppy.

GoLightly said...

I vote to spay the mom.
Takes them four years to screw up a dog, who was just doing what comes naturally. And then, they want another one, juuuust like him:(
but without any work, or training, or cost.

AssHats. Get a damned alarm system. They don't need fed.

LegendsLiveOn said...

Awesome. Lets replace something we can't pay for with... another thing we can't pay for! We can't feed it, we can't pay its vet bills, but we can hug and cuddle it.

And another one of my gripes is people who refuse a breed (especially as a trainer) because of previous experiences. I still play with Labrador Retrievers and love Goldens, and I've met some downright nasty ones.

DogsDeserveFreedom said...

Mel - that's interesting to note! I have always heard that they learn to stay with the flock regardless of fencing. I know a few people who use them to guard their sheep (we have a lot of coyotes in our area!). It would be interesting to note when your Great Pyrenees was neutered (I mean, at what age)? Do you find he tends to wander more at different times of the year?

Mel, Foxtail Farm said...

He was neutered at about age 2, soon after we bought him. He was raised with goats to be a livestock guard dog, and that's what we got him for. He's very good with the goats, and definitely guards them, but he also takes off running if he gets out. This has only happened a handful of times in the two years that we've had him, and all but one time I was able to catch him within minutes. The other time it was dark and raining and he disappeared into the forest, but came back for his food the next morning.

Some LGDs do stay right with their flocks. We had an Anatolian/Pyrenees cross who was very trustworthy about that. Some of the dogs prefer to patrol a wider perimeter around their flock, and when that perimeter is bigger than your property, you run into problems without good fencing.

There haven't been enough escapes to really make a correlation as to time of year. He never escapes in the winter, because the goats are in their winter paddock rather than moving to fresh browse every day, so his opportunities are drastically decreased. I think it's mostly been in the summer, because summer is when we get the violent storms that knock branches off of the trees and disable the electric fence. He might have the desire to roam in other seasons, but he rarely gets the chance.

DogsDeserveFreedom said...

Thanks for posting Mel! That was informative. I know for the ones I have met, the owners have always acquired them as puppies ... I wonder if that has something to do with a lessened need for roaming? Or if it's just because they don't want to. Interesting to ponder ... :)