Sunday Evening Dog Blogging: Reader Dogs

Sunday, May 6th, 2012


This is Lucy, a neglected pup that reader and fellow writer David McElroy rescued  . . . from his neighbors. You can read the story here.

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15 Responses to “Sunday Evening Dog Blogging: Reader Dogs”

  1. #1 |  Cornellian | 

    Ugh, cruelty to dogs just makes my blood boil. I just don’t understand
    how anyone could look at the dog in this picture and then mistreat her.

  2. #2 |  perlhaqr | 

    Along the lines of what Cornellian said: Why do people who clearly don’t want a dog, get a dog?

    I mean, I’m not really a dog person, and I don’t particularly want a dog, and lo and behold, I don’t have a dog. It seems pretty straight forward to me.

  3. #3 |  David McElroy | 

    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.

  4. #4 |  r.l.s.3 | 


    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.

  5. #5 |  MH | 

    “So I think they took her with good intentions, but she was the last priority on their list.”

    If you ask me, good intentions aren’t worth the shit that comes out of the neglected pet.

  6. #6 |  winston smith | 

    check this guy out

    Eldad Hagar – Hope For Paws

    get your tissues handy………….

  7. #7 |  Marty | 

    good job, David- with Lucy and the blog!

  8. #8 |  David McElroy | 

    MH, I agree that good intentions are worthless. I was just trying to explain how I think it happens that people end up with a dog they don’t want, which was the question.

    Marty, thanks so much for the kind words. :-)

  9. #9 |  captainahags | 

    Radley- although I’m often in disagreement with you on certain issues, the smearing of pit bulls is actively occurring here, and I’m not okay with that.

    And it’s based on a recent MD supreme court ruling. Yay.

  10. #10 |  mousefeathers | 

    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*)

  11. #11 |  mousefeathers | 

    Ummmm…. too much editing-in-place, not enough proofing-before-submit: I *have* Scientopia….

  12. #12 |  Linda | 

    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.

  13. #13 |  captainahags | 

    He tried to carpet-bomb me with a bunch of pubmed links apparently thinking I wouldn’t read them. Turns out they were a pretty useful rebuttal to his arguments, but we’ll see how he replies.

  14. #14 |  Bee | 

    Looks like she’s a drooler from the blog photos. LOL. What a cutie!

  15. #15 |  David McElroy | 

    Yes, Linda, she did have heartworms. The vet told me at the time that she would have been dead in another 12 to 18 months if we hadn’t gotten treatment for her.

    Bee, she is indeed a drooler at times. :-)