perlhaqr, I see this all the time. People frequently get dogs (and sometimes cats) because they have unrealistic notions of what having animals involve. The common pattern is to make a snap decision — sometimes to take in an animal that’s shown up without a home — and they haven’t thought through what it’s going to take.
I’m the one who rescued Lucy, and I can tell you that the people who had her didn’t seem like the sort who would have seen their intentions as bad. They seemed like people who made a commitment to a dog that they weren’t able to live up to. So I think they took her with good intentions, but she was the last priority on their list. I’ve rescued a number of other animals from bad situations, and I think the people involved frequently had good intentions, but just didn’t follow through on their commitments. That’s why so many people get animals and then end up dumping them at shelters. Some people treat animals like things that can be changed like furniture, whereas I think you have no business making a commitment to an animal unless you’re willing to make it for the life of the animal.
It has something to do with puppies. People are drawn to cute, helpless little things and when they see them, they lose all ability forecast the future, specifically the very predictable destruction of landscaping, furniture, carpet, etc. As the puppy becomes a dog and loses that endearing helplessness, they remember that they preferred their inanimate possessions over the dog.
When I picked up my current dog 2 years ago I had nice landscaping and decent furniture. Now I’ve got a wrecked yard, furniture with teeth marks and the best dog in the world. It was more than a fair trade.
captainahags: I the Scientopia blogs in my RSS feed, and I had a heated disagreement with drugmonkey on pits some months ago. He’s absolutely unreachable, but he’s not a dog-lover, either. When I saw that headline in my feed, I knew who had posted it, and refused to read the thing.
If it weren’t for some of the other posters there, I would drop the site, but I like reading blogs by working scientists (being one myself), even though I disagree with most of their political whines. I really abhor the mind of the drugmonkey–he swallows the premise behind the War on Drugs, hook, line and sinker, as well as his total blindness towards “bad dogs” which only starts with pit bulls.
So, you’ll NEVER, ever, in a million lifetimes, shake drugmonkey from his hatred. I found it wasn’t worth my ulcers (which I don’t want to develop, thankyouverymuch) to even TRY.
(Sorry for the cliche overload–I simply cannot summon the creative energy to spend on him, even elsewhere, and I have work to do. *laugh*)
Oh, beautiful dog! Great job David, in saving her AND her pups! Ugh….those people who had her before……first they obtain a dog only to store her on the end of a chain in the yard, do not even have the common sense to have her spayed, so along comes a litter of puppies (that are free to roam where they wish, putting them in all sorts of danger) and then to plan to dump all off at shelter because they are moving!!!!!!! And did I read she also had heartworms? Oh my God.