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Tribute to Tammy by sandara Tribute to Tammy by sandara
RIP Tammy...

I normally don't comment on social issues on DA, but a week or so ago, a sad story has been going round facebook and in these couple of days have been picked up by the local papers and been (badly) reported on.

Here is the story as written by Tammy's rehomer :…

Her formal statement :…

Another clarifying post :…

Basically Tammy was a rescue puppy and the rehomer found a seemingly good home for her. However, about 4 months later, the person who adopted Tammy brought her to the vet and had her put to sleep, on the accusation that Tammy was aggressive. Bearing in mind that Tammy was only 7 months old and the rehomer didn't see any aggressive behaviour in her prior to the adoption.

The rehomer was willing to take the puppy back, but before she could, the poor puppy had been put down.

The heartless behaviour of the person who adopted Tammy is shocking.

Anyway, as of today, the adopter has not spoken up about this issue.

This case aside, I would just like to highlight that pets are not toys which you can discard when you are sick of them or if they give you trouble. They are a lifelong responsibility and we should not buy or adopt them on a whim. In this case, the puppy was not merely abandoned when deemed naughty or uncontrollable, but actually put to death.

If you want a pet but don't want to spend the time, money or effort, get yourself a soft toy, or play Pokemon/Nintendogs.
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Doctorwholovesthe80s Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
My family and I bought a little two month old puppy in August.

September was absolute HELL for us as she wouldn't stop wanting to chew on things she shouldn't, wouldn't stop biting Mom to the point where her arm had several bleeding and drying blood bites (we knew the puppy wasn't being mean or feral, that this was just a baby phase but we all got permanent marks or scars), biting and tugging Sis' hair which she has waist length. and kept yowling at night. At least one of us had to be up all night as she would NOT calm down in her sleep-cage/crate unless someone was in her line of vision. My sister and my college grades suffered because we couldn't get enough quiet time for homework and the lack of sleep.

But despite the grief and pain she gave us, despite how we would break down in tears more than once and I at least cried once that I wanted to toss her off our apartment balcony, the idea of putting her to sleep NEVER occurred to us. We had our weak moments where we thought of giving her up for adoption, but those were during the worst crying times.

We are a family that COMMITTED ourselves to this and despite how we planned for this and underestimated how troublesome she would be, we were NOT going to be like those families you hear about that flake out after a week of getting a pet. None of us can fathom being so stupidly cruel like that!

END RESULT, she has greatly improved her behavior! She still has her bitey moments and will sometimes miss the bathroom pad we train her to use, but we moved her sleep-cage/crate to the parents bedroom which has improved the family's sleeping by 40 to 60% depending and we have been taking her to obedience lessons. Her sweet puppy moments are outweighing her terrible hellion moments

We feel like we have gotten over the worst of it and that our perseverance is FINALLY paying off!
squarenuts Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015
What did we think was going to happen to having pets now that everyone has healthcare? 
RebellingLemming Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great art!
tenchibaka Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015
what is uncomfortable to realize is at the very least half of the people commenting here would still give up abandon or euthanize an animal for the 'right' reasons they just would try and justify it or shift blame or otherwise try to pretend that their reasons are valid regardless of how stupid, petty, or priced their reasons are. my family took in rescue animals up until this last december(about 14 years all together) and i cannot tell you how many 'beloved' pets are left to die for no reason other than a little bit of convenience on the sake of their owners
Ariescis Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sadly, there are people who can't act properly towards humans much less towards a pet. 
YozoraArashi Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Student General Artist
This is really terrible. How can people be so cruel/stupid?
For me my dog is more important that anything else. For the first time in 12 years I'm away from her and I bearly can stand her absence, so I can't really imagine how a person can do something so awful.
Sandara you've done a really good tribute to poor Tammy.
Korbeaux Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
*gives my dog a big hug before commenting*
ExpeditionFantasy Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Rest in Peace, Tammy. You're in a better place now.:angel: 
Dark-Link117 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
QDLA Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
Sad story, humans are monsters.
Red-Rose-12 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
:( aww poor Tammy! 
xXCupcak3Bubbl3Xx Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's so horrible. My puppy is full retard and I can't imagine putting him down...
iluvcats821 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
Powerful image here..
Gimlitheone Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am so touched by this story, and i do SO agree with your statement. 
There is nothing we can really do for Tammy now but to honor her. But people do need to get aware of this.
In my family we had a dog as well, but i grew up on a farm. And for that same reason i will not give my opinion about pets (and in particular dogs) here,
because i would get a lot of angry reactions here.
Sandara: thank you for helping people understand. I hate to see animals suffer or die!
Emlis Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh goodness what a sad story. And what a woefully cute picture.
angelgirlartist Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The poor baby... I just can't imagine wanting to put down an animal so young without guilty 
LauYeeSue Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013
it saddens me too. that was so cruel. RIP pup
AkiraTheBrave Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AkiraTheBrave Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this really, really saddens me. I wonder how these people sleep at night for what they did.
Reckless-Flame Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013
Beautiful picture and very powerful message.

Rest in peace, sweet puppy.
Hellsprincess013 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Student General Artist
i hate people like that i myself would put an animal over a person cause i know animals are kinder and more loyal than people. some people say dogs are mindless beast but they dont know how smart they are. me and my mom always get into arguments over our dogs. lately our girl dog cloe is in heat and a dog we rescued named lil man has been out of control. fighting other dogs whining at doors if we lock him out of a room that cloes in or trying to hump her when we put a diaper on her. my mom said that she was going to drop little man off in ideal (where we found him) and leave him there, i told that was wrong cause he would just go back to how he was we found him and we might be sending him to die. my mom isnt mean shes just easily annoyed and upset. i love my mom and my dogs and i would get hurt before i let them. 

sorry for the whole tmi thing and the speech its a pretty pic and the topic just hits home.
DofusAnney08 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
My dad bought me a puppy after my mother passed away 18 months ago. A postman kicked him as he's 'aggressive'. He's a pomeranian, stands on his back legs and puts on paw on your leg, he'd also bark once or twice if you ignore him. After I 'spoke' to the postman, he quit his job a week later. In the week before he left he gave our post to the neighbours as he was scared of me haha. 
The-Cynical-Unicorn Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Student General Artist

I got a betta and he got sick. When I called the pet store to see if they had any suggestions on what to do (I'd tried everything I could think of and he wasn't getting better) they suggested I return him. I knew what would happen to him if I returned him, so I kept him and tried different water qualities. Turned out he just preferred softer water than most bettas, and he's happy now!


The people at the pet store weren't trying to be cruel, but it just reminded me that many people tend to think of animals as objects and not as living creatures. I place human life over animal life, but as superior beings we must be willing to take care of lesser creatures.

hyuugahime Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Student Digital Artist
that's so sad... I guess some people don't realize that pets are living beings. It's as you said, they think of it as a toy or worse a nuisance. Sometimes I just can't believe that it really happens...
HundredHands Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you for doing this.
Nari18 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013
how sad. :'( but bi love this picture it is beautiful.
Nari18 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013
*I love
Gaea-Warrior Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
Love it!
GrnDrgn Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It is truly sad.  I used to rescue TRDs and on one occasion I obtained an especially aggressive puppy.  In the end I knew that he was simply fearful of the unknown and after three to six months that dog ended up being the best dog I owned, he did not have an aggressive bone in his entire body.  Even fearful people will lash out…. you don't put them to sleep.
TammyOlsen Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awww my poor name sharer... I know a similar incident involving my sister by marriages dog.. he was barky but never hurt anyone and she put him down for no reason!
huggaholic Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
After reading all those links... all I can say is: some people make me sick... :(
Beautiful tribute to Tammy.
Westleigh-dede Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
A really beautiful piece, and thank you for the links to the story.
I pinned this to Pinterest. I hope you don't mind.
No, I disagree! 
josh308 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
well said and beautifully captured...
LanderReed Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013
Rest in peace Tammy

Fixap Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013
KcBarron2000 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013
BeautifulPikachu Crying Plz 
shadowmutt666 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013
this is literally about to make me cry
RMusic14 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
 so sad 
Evaxa Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so sad.
IgnisDrakos Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Student Filmographer
I really can't stand people like that. How dense do you have to be that this creature in your hands has a life anyway? And how can it be so simple for some"people" to just snuff a life out like that! It's heartless, no two ways about it!
thevampiredio Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Redrose-angel Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
RIP Tammy <3 
SweetNSpice112 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:tears: :-(
Arimeina Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
kyoshira-deathstar Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
It's sad that people have such a view of animals.
Darzin101 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's absolute laziness. I mean Seriously? Someone who obtains a pet should be aware of the struggles associated. If this person was unfit to take care of this canine, then they should have sent it back (although I certainly agree they shouldn't have retrieved it in the first place). But to put it down? That is just plain giving up. Some people.
toranushi23 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
ALL OF THIS! It's not like you would take your child to be put down because they were bad. If you don't think of your pet as your child, then you should own a pet. 'Nuff Said.
IgnisDrakos Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Student Filmographer
I completely agree with you. It is absolutely ridiculous.
Firemist7 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hate animal cruelty! It`s wrong to treat animals like mindless beasts! That person was careless and made a huge mistake (this is my opinion), I would like to speak out to this behavior  someday. 

Rest in peace Tammy...

Look at one of my pictures on what i think about abandoning pets like puppy`s and kitten`s. 

TorisChrusade Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Poor pup! Why the hell someone would pull a pup to sleep? Pups aren't agressive, just curious.

I have a dog and a hamster and I must confess that I've forgot once to give hamster his food (it was just one day, on the good side) - but only because I was really tired with university stuff. :|

Good thing that wasn't water. This buddy has his food stored all over the cage.
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