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Old 08-26-2013, 10:12 AM
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Spending so much time around dog people who actually see, understand, and take positive steps to guide appropriate dog behavior sometimes makes me forget how completely inept a lot of dog owners are.

Watching an OES owner whose companion is a shaggy mop with only vague suggestions of a canine shape, much less eyes and ears, being dragged into the room. His dog goes straight up to a pair of women holding three chihuahuas before being jerked to a stop. One of the chihuahuas erupts into frenzied barking. Her owner screaches "Stop that! Do you want to go to the car!?" and shakes the Chi. The OES owner sits a bare two chairs away, despite there being multiple alternatives available. The OES starts barking. The Chihuahua simulatenously hits a higher register and decibal level. Other dogs in the room are becoming uneasy. From inside a carrier, a cat begins to yowl and a languid, incredibly overweight dachshund opens his eyes. A woman in the far corner shifts and pats a strange lump, and I realize her pet is apparetly living inside her sweater. The Chi owner feebly shakes the dog again and repeats the threat of car banishment for the twentieth time. The OES owner stares around blankly wearing a vague smile as his dog continues to bark at random intervals.

An old man sits across the room in worn but neat jeans and a collared shirt, all grey hair and smile lines. We meet eyes. His little mix breed is sitting neatly on the chair next to him, watching the escalating drama with composed interest. At my feet, my dog is doing the same from her down stay. He raises his eyebrows and winks. I give a very small smile in returns. We both lean back, and settle in.
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Old 08-26-2013, 11:27 AM
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I love how gentle Wesley is with the little critters. Whenever one is being held, he whines until he can give them kisses. The bunnies love it too, it's hilarious.
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Old 08-26-2013, 11:49 AM
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The other night, the dogs found an opossum in the yard. Bayleigh went after it because you know, she's so big and tough. It bit her. She screamed and wouldn't go near it again. Pirate thought it was fun to bark at but didn't try anything else. I finally got the dogs away from it. Poor thing was terrified and couldn't climb back over the fence. I just left it since it was about 4am and it had gotten in the fence on its own in the first place. Of course, it was gone by morning.

Now, every time they go outside, they look for that poor opossum. They found another one last night. Pirate nearly broke my arm off since he was leashed. He was squealing, just acting like a dog with high prey drive. Bayleigh was loose in the fence but luckily this guy was on the opposite side. I feel like I really should do something about this. I don't mind them expressing their prey drive but the crazy screaming at 4am isn't pleasant. I'm sure the neighbors don't like it. Someday, it'll probably be a skunk and I'll be leaving them outside all night.
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Old 08-26-2013, 03:47 PM
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I wish someone would show interest in Bena. She's starting to grow on me but I think I'm ready for a one dog house again. I wouldn't mind fostering 'good' dogs, but those aren't the dogs that need fostering. I really don't like puppies.

But, most of all, I want Bena to go to someone who has time for her. Who will train her and love her. I'm just so disappointed in people and their lack of planning when it comes to animals. She's been returned twice, boarded for weeks, fostered and ripped away from her brother. She's adorable and fun and I just want someone to love her.
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Old 08-26-2013, 06:08 PM
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There is an older, eccentric man who for the year and a half that I lived downtown I would see walking around all day with his two lovely incredibly well trained older collie mix dogs. They are the sweetest things ever and he loves those dogs to death. I often ran into them at the coffee shop where they would wait patiently in a flawless stay on a busy street by the corner of the shop without him so much as uttering a word to them as he went in to get his coffee and they each got a bag with what I assume are timbits in it, he gives them the bag and they carry it to where ever (the park I assume to eat them) I was absolutely heart broken to see them come into the shelter together. Apparently he is extremely ill and had to surrender them. It shatters my heart for him, he spent 24 hours a day with these dogs and it must have killed him to give them up. I worry about them finding a home, as they have to be adopted as a pair and are 12 years old. I wish I had all the money and space in the world and could take them in.
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Old 08-26-2013, 07:08 PM
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This incident happened on saturday, but I'm still SO mad at myself for not doing anything.
So I brought Smiley to my sister in law's birthday party, and he was a hit. He was really really great, I had him attached to me, but let him off to go over to people who wanted to pay attention to him.
Anyway, at one point, I left Smiley outside while I ran in to get a drink, and I came back out to see this stupid bitch trying to make Smiley sit by pulling up on his collar, essentially choking him, and pushing down on his bum!! I think my face looked like this and by the time I caught my breath, all I could do was call Smiley to me and NEVER let him go.

I'm still so mad that I didn't say something to that idiot!! Ugh....
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Old 08-26-2013, 09:35 PM
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A comment was made today with (I believe) the implication that I should be doing more for Frodo's reactivity and therefore his quality of life. It is definitely true in that I do not have a house for him, and he would function much better in a house. I feel like I can't put myself into a life where I'm living beyond my means for him, and I don't want to be made to feel bad for making that decision.

I'm trying not to let the whole thing bother me, but I'm failing miserably
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Old 08-26-2013, 09:40 PM
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It is absurd to think one would put themselves out financially for a dog, especially when you have his situation under control& do so much to make him a happy dog. Some people are ridiculous.
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Old 08-26-2013, 09:51 PM
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You do the best you can for the dog you have. Trey essentially lived at home, in the house and yard where he felt safe. We gave up on his socializing and trying to get him over his anxiety. Walks or any outside world contact made him EXTREMELY anxious to the point of shutting down and getting reactive. So we never walked him or took him places at all. Yeah, it sucks he had such a isolated life compared to the other dogs. But he was HAPPY and content. He had his pack and his safe place and lived 13 happy years. I am pretty convinced most people would have put him down or rehomed him so people who think it was unfair can just stfu. You've done a ton with Frodo and to help Frodo. I don't know who can't see that.

You do what you can to give him a high quality of life but his version of 'high quality' might not be the same as another dog. That's fine.
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Old 08-26-2013, 09:52 PM
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A comment was made today with (I believe) the implication that I should be doing more for Frodo's reactivity and therefore his quality of life. It is definitely true in that I do not have a house for him, and he would function much better in a house. I feel like I can't put myself into a life where I'm living beyond my means for him, and I don't want to be made to feel bad for making that decision.

I'm trying not to let the whole thing bother me, but I'm failing miserably
You know what would help MY quality of life? If idiots would STFU and worry more about falling off their own illusionary high horses than whether other people are not quite conscientious enough for their tastes.* Seriously, you aren't doing enough for your dog if you don't BUY A HOUSE THAT YOU MIGHT NOT BE FINANCIALLY PREPARED TO HANDLE. WTF is even going on in their head?

*Either that, or if it were legal for me to punch them in their taint.
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