What Happened When I got a PUPPY off Craig's List
Step 1: Look at all those CUTE PUPPIES on Craig's List!! I can't resist, I really want a puppy!!
Step 2: I'm sure the landlord won't care (I'll explain it to him). Plus all my friends want me to get a CUTE PUPPY!! :^) :^) :^)
Step 3: Lots of breeders on Craig's List... Here's one! Look how CUTE!!! It's not expensive and I can take it home today! How exciting!!
Step 4: So cute! He has the cutest markings! I love him! My friends all love him. Wish I didn't have to clean up all the poop and pee when I get home but it's OK, he's so snuggly and happy to see me.
Step 5: Where did all this energy come from? He's so cute but he wears me out sometimes, LOL!!!! But I still love him.
Step 6: He's been making this really high-pitched YIP YIP YIP YIP out in the yard while I'm at work and some nosy old busybody is complaining. Why won't he shut up?
Step 7: Oh no, I left him in the house so he wouldn't bark and he ripped the curtains and chewed up my best shoes. What's wrong with him? I'd ask the vet but have been postponing his shots and getting him fixed -- kinda broke right now...
Step 8: Bad week. The landlord called to say dogs weren't allowed and wants me to replace the drapes and the screen door and pay a higher deposit. I can't afford that -- my temp job ended last month. What bad luck!!
Step 9: Why won't my friends take my dog for a few months? Thanks a lot. I'll have to look for another place now. Will lose my original deposit too, really sucks. I don't want to give up my puppy but maybe he deserves a better home with someone with more time.
Step 10: Someone said that breeders take back their dogs so I contacted the breeder from Craig's List but they said no. I said they could have him for free but they won't take him. How mean. And the landlord's being a real jerk now. I don't have time for this BS.
Step 11: Post a cute ad on Craig's List--
"CUTE DOG FOR ADOPTION, HURRY! Adorable 11 month old for adoption. Still puppy-like! Loves attention. Owner must relocate and can not take the dog. Puppy comes with special bed. Good Home only. FREE."
Step 12: Post the ad again. Landlord sent me a letter.
Step 13: Post the ad again. Horrible situation, too much pressure!!!
Step 14: Hooray!!! I didn't have to take my baby to the pound after all. Someone was going to get a dog from the animal shelter but saw my free ad first. Everything is OK now!
....meanwhile at the shelter, a needle is pushed into the leg of another sweet, trusting young dog surrendered by his owner. Someone had called about him yesterday but never came, and now his time is up. The plunger moves forward. He sighs deeply and quietly dies, and his warm body is added to the overflowing barrels of other forgotten dogs, bought and discarded by people who didn't keep them.