- 9 years ago
- Wedding: March 2011
I mean the people that would put themself in debt over there pets <snip>because I was too selfish to give a pet away to somebody else who could take care of him.
I’m sorry. But why would going into debt to make sure my pup is taken care of medically a selfish thing to do?
When my dog had demodex mange and we were continually bringing her to the vet for treatments. When it came to the point where it was eating into our savings should I have just stop? Should I have given her back to the SPCA? This dog that had all these little mites constantly biting her. Who had bald spots all over and looked to the average person a sick, flea infested dog with some kind of contagious disease? Or should I have given her to another family who may or many not have been able to deal with the financial burden?
So it was selfish of us to go into debt to make sure our pup was comfortable and well again?
I can “understand” your point about the homelessness. But going into debt to save the welfare of your pup is not quite the same thing.
By The Way I do apologize if I am/have gotten a little heated with my responses. I usually stay away from threads that inevitably get heated. I just can’t when it comes to dogs because it’s something I feel quite strongly about. I promise I’m not just someone that likes to argue. 😀 And I didn’t even grow up with pets! My pup now is my first and only but first of MANY dogs in life to be sure!
I gave up my Yorkie when I moved from GA to OR. He is a really anxious traveller and could barely stand running to the gas station with me, so a 40+ hour roadtrip was out for him.
He also started having behavior problems because he was anxious around our current dog. He has always been really passive. DH’s cat would pick on him too. He went to a good home where he will be an only dog, an environment I know he thrives in. It’s hard when 3 animals get along and 1 pet is miserable.
It took me a good 4 months to make the final decision and I still miss him/think about him daily.
DH and I had two cats, a mommy and her baby. The mom cat has never been that warm to other cats, so when she eventually rejected that kitten we weren’t really surprised. Anyways, that kitten became my baby. She was up. my. butt 24/7. It was like that for almost 2 years. I loved that little cat sooooo much, she was my shadow….until….I had a baby. That poor kitty was extremly upset. We started finding pee spots around the house. We didn’t know which one it could be, even though we suspected it was the younger of the two. It was pretty gross, and we took them both to the vet to make sure they didn’t have UTIs, but what could we do? We hoped the cat would stop her angry peeing, until DD started crawling and then it went bananas. The kitten would jump up on the couch next to me, and if I had DD on my lap, she would pee on the couch. Right next to me. When she started doing it that blatanltly, we knew she had to go. I never in a million years thought I would ever give any of my cats away, until I had my daughter. Baby trumps animals.
on another note I too usually keep away from threads that are getting heated but I too feel strongly about the pet topic, just in a different way than you. : I am trying to not be offensive but still be honest about where I stand on things. Hopefully im doing ok with that lol
You’re doing great! I completely respect your opinion. 🙂
I understand your point now.
Yes, we were putting ourself into debt in the sense that it was on a cc so we did not have the cold hard cash. But again from what I understand horses are A LOT more expensive than dogs. I think in your scenario you chose a better quality of life for your horse than you can provide over a long period of time. That IS selfless. I can respect that.
When my FI’s mom passed away, we kept her dog. He was a rescue. He is very special to us and I practically consider him our 1st child. Crazy, but he is the last living thing besides my Fiance left of his mom, so he is a very important member of the family.
However, due to being a rescue and having previous issues with abuse/anxiety, the trauma that he went through when his owner died led him to take some of that anxiety out on me when we first had him. I am the primary caretaker of the dog due to FI’s work hours, and one day he bit me pretty badly. I went to the hospital and had to file paperwork on him with the health dept. because the bite was bad enough that I needed a tetanus shot and my hand bone was bruised. Almost needed stitches, but thank goodness it was more of multiple puncture wounds and not an actual tear.
We now know that although we love him dearly, if he ever does this again, we will probably have to give him up or be forced to put him down. Yes, it scares me when I think about having kids around him…we have done all we can in the months since the incident to prevent it from happening again: he has gone to a Dog Psychotherapist and he is on Prozac. The Prozac has done wonders.
In short, I’d draw the line if the animal is dangerous (my incident was not the only biting incident with our dog – it was just the worst). The only reason why we still have him is because of the significance to our family. I worry about him everday…and I hope that the next pet we have we don’t have one with such crippling anxiety.
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