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Sunday, May 20, 2007

Unwanted pets

I've been thinking. There are a lot of animals in shelters 'cuz humans get them and then don't want them. I've been wondering why that is. Lots of us dogs wind up there when we haven't done anything wrong except be ourselves. Why is that? Don't humans know that they can't expect us to be human? Don't they do research before they bring us home? And if they don't, why not? My mom had Sibes before, but she says that before she brought me home, she read every book on Sibes she could find. She even joined Sibernet and some other Sibe groups before I ever got here, to make sure that the information she got was correct, so that she could make sure of what to expect from me. She doesn't always like the things I do, but some things she just shakes her head and puts up with. I don't worry about her sending me away, although I did at first. But she loves me lots, and I know she wishes she could take more dogs out of the shelters. But there are so many dogs in shelters. Cats, too. She can't take them all! Nobody can! She thought about working at a shelter, but a lady she used to work with used to work at a shelter and told her that every morning, they had to put down over twenty dogs because they hadn't been adopted. They weren't sick or anything, they just didn't get adopted. Mom decided she couldn't do it. She gets attached to us really easily, and it would hurt her a lot. So, instead, she just wants to volunteer with a rescue group.

But I want to figure out why some of us get lucky and some don't. I wanna know why so many of us have to die every year. I wanna know why humans bring us home and make us love them, and then throw us away. We're not garbage, you know!

Is it just that some humans don't have hearts? That must be it. I've heard some humans even throw away their children! Can that be true? I think it must be. If they can't love their own pups, how can they love us? I don't understand humans like that. I don't think Mom does, either. She didn't give up on me when I was nervous when I first got here. She kept on trying, and now I think she's the best human in the world! Okay, sometimes she's not, when she won't let me do some of the things I want to do, but you know what I mean. Sometimes she yells at me when I do something she doesn't like (how am I supposed to know that I'm not supposed to eat the bread on the counter??), but she never hits me or leaves me sitting outside in the heat without water or anything like that. Why can't the rest of us in shelters find parents like her?

Mom says that life isn't fair sometimes, and I think she's right. If life was fair, the throwaway dogs wouldn't be in shelters, the humans who put them there would change places with them, and they would be the ones put to sleep! Then there would only be people with love in their hearts left, and maybe then we would all find furever homes.

I know how lucky I am to have my Mom, and I know other rescued dogs know how lucky they are too! We were lucky enough to find furever homes before we were put to sleep. Some of us were found by rescue groups first, too, like me, and that was lucky too! Maybe someday, there won't be a need for shelters anymore. Maybe, if we all work really hard at it, we can save everydog in the shelters. Okay, the cats too, if we absolutely have to. And the ferrets, rabbits, and everyone else in the shelters. Do you think we can do it?

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Holly said...

I know exactly how you feel, and what you mean. My human is a HUGE animal person and is disgusted at the ways a lot of humans treat pets. As if they are just objects that can be tossed out when they are done with them, like they are an old pair of shoes that you don't wear any more. Makes her sick, and very, very mad. If only people would think of their pets like they think of their own human children, then I think there would be much less euthanasia. I am soooo glad my humans think of us as their children. We have health issues, and food allergies, and some different attitudes, but there is nothing ont his world that would ever get them to "get rid" of us. I think mom would give her own life first! She loves us that much! She could never work in a shelter either, cuz she would have to bring anydog or cat home that was going to be PTS. Then we would need a much bigger house and yard. She wishes she could rescue more now, but the rules in Omaha don't allow it. When she moves to Minnesota, she is going to be sure she lives somewhere that she CAN own lots of us! Then she will really get into rescue and do what she loves and save doggies just like us!

Holly

Our Family said...

This is one of the sadder parts of life. Our mommy gets very upset when other humans prove just how stupid they are - to us, to each other, to their own pups. She also says something about karma coming back around. So, until she's queen, we'll just have to love each other for those very sad people and for all of the puppies too.