(Closed) where’s the line with pets?

posted 9 years ago in Pets
Post # 92
Member
3367 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

View original reply
@finnaroo:  This is what worries me for our youngest.  He’s constantly trying to hug the dog and he is especially vicious around his food.  Maybe it’s in our favor that he is a small breed dog and can’t do as much damage as a big dog?  It’s still scary.  Kudos to you for not letting that attack keep you from being a dog owner today… Is your family pet a pug? 

Post # 93
Member
2948 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

View original reply
@Genuine513: I would never make myself homeless over a pet. but if my house burned down and i had no where to go… my dog will still be coming with me if i had to live in a box until i found something better. just sayin….

Post # 94
Member
2140 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

View original reply
@Genuine513:

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. ๐Ÿ˜€ 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!

Post # 95
Member
2467 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

View original reply
@regberadaisy: aww thanks! luckily i had great doctors and now i barely have a scar–there’s a small spot where i’m missing a few eyelashes but that’s it!

View original reply
@jjmomma: i know i’m more comfortable now with a small dog. our pup now is a sheltie, whereas the dog who bit me was a samoyed/american eskimo mix, probably at least 60 lbs. and thanks for the kudos ๐Ÿ™‚ i think i was scared of dogs for awhile when i was little, but def grew out of it. my family got a dog again when i was 14, mostly because i was really pushing for one. i’m scared of things going near my eyes still though!

Post # 96
Member
1488 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

View original reply
@regberadaisy: I feel like we should be friends IRL. Usually I see heated posts and just click away, but this one I can’t for some reason.

Post # 97
Member
3367 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

View original reply
@finnaroo:  For some reasons, I thought of a pug when you described your story.  ๐Ÿ™‚  Shelties are cute too!

Post # 98
Member
3218 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

View original reply
@finnaroo: Big ups to you for getting past your bad experiences and becoming a great dog owner.  Even though I’m all for shelters, I definitely see a purpose for breeders and there are some breeds of dogs that I wouldn’t feel comfortable adopting due to health or temperament issues. Ideally, we wouldn’t need shelters and everyone would just buy from reputable breeders!

Post # 99
Member
3218 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

View original reply
@jjmomma: You could try hand-feeding your dog– though don’t let your child do the feeding or attempt to mimic you.  I’ve heard of people having good results by not putting out the dry food in a bowl but instead giving it, piece by piece, to their dogs so the dog learns that you control and give out the food. 

Post # 100
Member
1369 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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.

Post # 101
Member
103 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

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.

Post # 102
Member
6036 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2019 - City, State

View original reply
@regberadaisy: i know your response was to someone else but i tend to think that going into debt for a pet is a bit irresponsible….BUT only when it goes so far that your household suffers or you are strugglingn to keep up financially over it. with the way the economy is these days to create debt that you cannot pay for is indeed selfish given that its for a pet. There might be another family that can provide the care the pet needs and financially handle the burden.

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

Post # 104
Member
1327 posts
Bumble bee

View original reply
@regberadaisy: No you aren’t being selfish at all. Its hard to explain what I mean in words. When I decided to sell my horse I was in a position due to life changes where while I could afford to feed him and put shelter over his head (and could swallow some emergency vet care), but I personally did not feel that what I could afford to provide for him was good enough. I had a choice to make, either I could move him to a more expensive facility that provided a better quality of life for him and put myself in debt, I could keep him where he was and he would have still been ok, or I could sell him to somebody that could afford to provide the quality of life I wanted for him. I don’t know if this makes any sense, but I chose to find him a new home, because it would be selfish for me to believe that somebody couldn’t take just as good of or better care of him than me. Maybe that gives a better idea of where I am coming from, as I take the same approach to my pets as well.

Post # 105
Member
2140 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

View original reply
@stardustintheeyes:

You’re doing great! I completely respect your opinion. ๐Ÿ™‚

View original reply
@Genuine513:

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.

Post # 106
Member
3798 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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.

The topic ‘where’s the line with pets?’ is closed to new replies.

Find Amazing Vendors