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 : www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbi…
Her formal statement : www.facebook.com/ada.ong.92/po…
Another clarifying post : www.facebook.com/animalloversl…
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.
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!
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.
There is nothing we can really do for Tammy now but to honor her. But people do need to get aware of this.
Sandara: thank you for helping people understand. I hate to see animals suffer or die!
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.
Beautiful tribute to Tammy.
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.