Here is my response to all of the people getting rid of their dogs for all the wrong reasons.
Judging by the majority of ads on Craigslist each and every day from people with one excuse or another as to why they need to give up their dog, it does seem that they did not put much time into deciding to get an animal in the first place. A dog, cat, lizard, what have you, is a living, breathing, and most of all, FEELING creature, and should not be subjected to abandonment because of a careless owner’s own selfishness.
To all of you that are moving – if you tried hard enough (and actually cared), you could find a place that will accept your dog. I am a renter and I have two large dogs – one of which is a ‘dangerous, baby eating’ Pit Bull. You want to know what I did? I got off my lazy bum and went to my current home with my dogs, so the landlord could see in person how wonderful and friendly they are. And what do you know, as a result of my non-traditional problem solving skills – he actually agreed to rent to me, imagine that!
This next one is for all the ‘having a baby and need to rehome my dog’ stories. How can you possibly justify it being ok to get rid of your furry child just because a human one is one the way? As far as I am concerned, you are all just incredibly lazy and ignorant. There are a ton of great resources on the web, as well as books, that can provide assistance in ensuring a proper introduction between your new baby and your four-legged baby. This would, however, require some reading, which seems to scare some of you.
Another one of my favorites are the people that have suddenly become allergic to their dog. Well, as much as I think its a load of bs that you all of a sudden became allergic to your dog, I understand that there is a rare chance this can actually happen. So if you are one of the 1/1,000,000 people that has suddenly developed a dog allergy I have a few suggestions. First, clean up your filthy house and install some air purifiers; it is not your pet’s skin you are allergic to, but the dander from their skin which lays around the house. Second, actually take the time to wash your dog, and wipe them down daily to decrease allergens. Third, take some allergy meds to help with your symptoms. Worried about your kids and allergies? Dog ownership has been shown to protect against the development of allergies in young children.
I also have a solution for all of you that are giving up your dog because your yard is too small, and you think they need more room. Now, this might sound outlandish, but they have these places called dog parks where dogs go to run around. The dogs can get out all of their energy at these places, and when they get home, they do not care so much that they are confined to a 5 x 5 patio to do their usual business. There are also these things called sidewalks all throughout San Diego. Sometimes people use them to walk to and from work or school, but I have also seen people using them to walk their dogs.
If the majority of the people posting on here actually cared about their dogs, they would stop and try to think of some alternative solutions to whatever situation is causing them to think they need to relinquish their dog; it’s time to stop making excuses.
Flag me, flame me, email me, whatever makes you happy:) At the end of the day all I care about are the animals, and it’s really not fair what some of you full-of-sh** miscreants are putting them through because of your own selfish needs. Do you really think your dog would be better off going through the trauma of going to a new home, or do you think he would rather be by your side as you go through whatever rough patch is prompting you to decide to give him up?
Think about it…