Wednesday, August 3, 2011

CL Post ~ Steps to the Shelter

I can't believe I've never posted this one before! This is one of my favourites ...

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.


Pishkeen said...

Sigh, so depressing. Gonna go hug my shelter dog.

By the way, you were right DDF. I left a comment about picking her up in December, and you said to be prepared that it would take several months for her to truly relax in her new home. It's taken us about this long to really bond in a good way, but she's miles beyond where she was when I got her! She now heels on a loose leash, comes when called at the dog park, and is interested but respectful of people and dogs passing by on walks. We're going on our first camping trip together next week!

I've taken to heart what you said; "a tired dog is a good dog." This has proven to be the best piece of advice I've gotten.

Unknown said...

and the "free for the taking" puppy? Adopted by an adoring family - NOT; went to be a bait dog :(....

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Geri O'Hara said...

read your post with a few knowing ha ha's ...thinking 'That is why I don't look at cute puppies for sale on line (leaping in before thinking something through can bring up all sorts of problems)!

Got to the end & you made me cry about the harsh reality of life for many dogs.

Kyla Duffy said...

Gotta agree with Roberta. Bait dog or lab dog. So sad.

I guess I should be happy that the a-hole backyard breeder with three sick puppies (the ones she left in her yard for six months) called the rescue I work with instead of leaving these dogs' fate up to Craigslist. Cross your fingers for me that we'll be able to save these puppies today.

DogsDeserveFreedom said...

Pishkeen ... thanks for the update! Sounds like you've done very well with her training. Have fun camping

Roberta ... yep. bait dog, lab dog, byber dog depending on the breed ...

LLO ... sorry - haven't done much with the blog lately. I'll add it

Cassy ... in what way? Do you want to cross post it or do you want to rant about CL? If it is the former, I have no problems with that provided you offer a backlink to this blog. If it is the latter, please do!

Geri Ohara ... sorry for the tears but it's the sad reality of the lives of many dogs. Everyone should know the truth so they can make decisions with their eyes open.

Kyla ... let us know what happens with the puppies! I'd love to know

Anonymous said...

My uncle is a dog breeder. This happens all the time with the puppies he sells. He can't take them back! But it's alright, because he can always breed more! We'll never run out of puppies for sale.

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