It's been so long since I did one of these posts ... I almost started to feel like the world was filling with more responsible owners. Guess I just haven't had time to look through Craigslist recently. Yep, the asshats are still out there.
The first ad I'd like to take a look at is a 9 month old Red Nose Pit - Free to Good Home. People, please remember when you are writing these ads that if you don't put a rehoming fee, you raise the chances of a broker picking up your dog ... especially if it's a puppy. What kind of person do you really think will come get your free pit bull pup?
That being said, I want to point out the person's reason for getting rid of the dog. Apparently they can't keep her because they have no yard. Seriously? Ok, unless you've moved recently, I doubt your living situation has changed that much. If you did move recently, could you not think up a better excuse? There are many dogs I know living quite comfortably in apartments ... are you just too lazy to walk and exercise your dog? You know that your dog would be perfectly happy with a little crate training, a lot of exercise and a bit of one on one time with you.
I would love to send this guy a note that says: "Congrats, you are the first noteworthy Asshat I found today. You win a prize ... come a little closer so I can smack you upside the head."
I thought I'd find an ad from Baltimore since I featured it as a news reel last week. Here's one that just makes me wonder at the laziness and lack of empathy in people today.
This person who posted the ad featured to the right is trying to give away their 10 year old black lab for free. Ok, there are so many issues with this ad that I don't know where to begin.
You all know my opinion about senior dogs; I don't think owners should rehome their senior animals. Life sucks. Yeah, we know that and everyone in the world has to deal with it. Get over yourself if you think that you're the only one who works long hours and lacks time to spend with family. News flash - your senior dog is slowing down and doesn't have as much energy as he/she used to. Senior animals can be the best companions - did you miss that lesson? They are often just as content to sit with you and watch a movie as they are to go for a long walk (sometimes happier with the movie). After working a 12 hour shift, I know I certainly don't feel like going out for an hour long (+) walk ... I go anyway, but that's because they need me to walk and I need to get off my lazy behind.
So here are the issues with this ad: One, why are you giving away your 10 year old lab? Two, do you know that she probably only has another couple of years in her? How heartless. Three, she's black. Have you ever heard of BDS (Black Dog Syndrome)? I know you didn't mention it in your post, but please don't dump your black lab at the pound/shelter if you aren't able to rehome her - you may as well just euthanize her yourself. Four, if she's so well behaved, why are you giving her away? Five, if you are giving her away for free, who do you really think will pick her up??
Asshat. People dumping their senior dogs infuriate me. Asshat. Asshat. Asshat.
The last ad I chose because I want it to give us hope that even in dire circumstances, there are good dog owners out there! They may be hiding in the guise of Asshats, but I know they exist! They just don't often show their faces on Craigslist ... Ok, I don't think this person is one that I would call a "Good Dog Owner" ... but how about an "Asshat Owner With Potential"?
It is an ad requesting information and help. Ok, so seriously, you are an asshat for not neutering your dog earlier. It not only would have been cheaper, it would have been easier for the dog and he probably wouldn't have been marking in your home.
Yet, we have to remember that even in the face of extreme asshattery, people can change. I'm impressed that when this poster realized the cost to neuter was high, this person actually started looking at different options. They didn't get rid of their dog, they have instead tried to figure out how they can keep their dog, resolve the situation and still make ends meet.
It's like putting a pillow under your head before smashing it on the desk. Hope comes in different shapes and sizes.