Wednesday, June 6, 2012


My friend I wrote about in Monday's post, the one with the rescue dog who had been abused by a man, called me first thing this morning when I arrived at work.  "We are taking him back to the rescue organization tonight."

"I think that is the right decision," I said.

Then she went into a monologue about getting another dog.  "WAIT!"  I said, trying to be diplomatic and understanding.  "Why don't we talk first.  It can't be today, I am swamped with work.  But soon."  She agreed.

This is a family that has only had cats.  No dogs.  Although I found out some information she didn't previously tell me.  Several months back they got another rescue dog and that one went back to the shelter too.

It has become very apparent that this is a woman that wants a "cute" dog, one that is housebroken and can be put on the shelf, out of sight, when it isn't convenient with her schedule to take up time with it.  Children aren't like that.  Neither are dogs.

"I want a dog like yours," she told me.  Well, guess what!  Molly didn't just magically turn into the loving, enjoyable dog she is today.  Yes, a puppy is cute and adorable and who wouldn't love them?  But they require a LOT of time and effort, whether you want to do it or not.

Another issue I have with her. . . she seems set on finding the most wonderful dog at a rescue shelter.  More than one person has told me over the years that I'm a fool for paying big bucks for a purebred dog when I can go to the pound and get the same dog.  Instead, I have been known to spend over a year visiting breeders and asking questions and then choosing a quality breeder.  Price is not my primary consideration. Quality is.  You are going to live with that dog for up to 15 years.  Isn't it worth being careful where you get that dog and knowing its history???


  1. Amen sister..... you can tell a dog person . If you know they are not, it is best to let them know.
    I have told my mom and mother-in-law, when they both thought about getting a dog, they neither need a dog. They are not dog people no matter what they think. :) B.
    I hope your talk goes smoothly.
    We raised German Shepherd puppies for 30 years.
    I guage it by whether or not they would be upset when the dog died...if not...they wouldn't give a dog enough attention....they take so much more attention than cats.

  2. You are so right! :)

    It is kind of you to spend time trying to help her - and any dog she might get!


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