Dogs Dumped For Kids
So I found this really interesting article while reading the news. The article is about pet parents being crazy. What? I am a pet parent. I am not crazy. What is going on here? The author writes an interesting piece with regards to the state of being a pet parent vs having a child as an actual psychological disorder.
That’s laughable when you consider the number of people jumping into parenthood without the first clue of how to go about it. I was only reading this article because I have been working on the thought that people dump their dogs for kids all of the time. This gets done without the slightest consideration for the trauma incurred by the dog. Once I got that out of my system I had the fleeting thought that I could just chuck blogging and get rich as a pet psychiatrist or pet behaviorist. Man! At the rate people are going I should reach what I feel is true wealth at warp speed. Someone I am very impressed with asks frequently ‘What problems can you solve?’. That is a good question, isn’t it? The business of fixing the animal post pet parent dumping is way more lucrative than ‘creating awareness’.
Without good behaviors, these dogs are bound to experience longer shelter stays and may not even be considered adoptable. They just sit without a family and become ‘lifers’ of sorts. Prayerfully they have not been taken into an animal shelter without a no-kill policy.
New Kid On The Block
Why in the world would anyone make this comparison? There is no need for fingerpointing. If you have ever owned a fur baby then you know the sweetness and cuteness that goes with it. One cannot help but cuddle them and snuggle them, and dress them up. For those of us with the teacup, toy, and mini varieties that is the rule! The littlest ones need the picking up and the coddling no matter how adult they have grown to be. The bigger ones, being larger and more powerful, non the less have those sweet child-like tendencies too. I am sorry. People cannot help it.
One look at their cutesy ways and you fall apart. Yes, they may have car seats. Yes, they may have T-shirts, shoes, and doggy sleepovers. Yes, they may have birthday cake and party favors. This does not make pet parents psychotic! Pets have gone on to have their own social media pages and by the way – those pages are not simply for pet fanciers… they are good and are inspirational for all sorts of individuals.
Well, it seems that this topic is actually interwoven into what I am speaking about today AND THAT IS – Dogs dumped for kids.
You know- it’s really not fair. Nope. Not to the animal. The animal has become your constant companion and confidant. Fluffy didn’t mind the funny haircuts and the goofy outfits you lavished it with. Heck, the dog even responded to and appreciated the mushy pet names you called it and endured lots of kisses, petting, car rides, and visitations with you while being your ‘babe’ the entire time. Now that pregnancy and family growth is occurring they [these dogs] are tossed aside. That’s gotta hurt. That’s gotta hurt like… a lot.
If you have ever been left, abandoned, broke up with, fired, and just, in general, told that it is over – then you know how this feels. It’s harsh. It’s ugly. It’s memorable. And it doesn’t just go away. In fact, you can’t wish it away, or work out and forget it. You can’t travel to escape it, and even in your sleep, you can recall the relationship dynamics. You may even miss what you had before it came to a screeching halt. What am I saying? The dogs remember. They really do. What a turn their lives have taken because you refused to embrace new skills. Seek new coping skills that actively help you to adjust to life with the dogs and now with the children too. Because if you are not, I believe it is more humane to not adopt them in the first place if you were going to flake out. I am just saying.
So, at the end of the day, this is more of a gripe. Right? Think pet ownership all the way through. Or leave it alone.
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From Our Table
Here is a super fun treat that I discovered while searching for a worthwhile treat to reward my Sophia with that would not disturb her tearstains. Whew! The battle of the tearstain is an expensive one but … I am winning! And that is what matters here. And no sir … I am not being bragadoshish when I say that grain-free treats are simply what the doctor ordered.
There is no reason to deny my sweet Mini Schnauzer an occasional treat just because of a little tear stain. Oh no. Fido’s Food Truck Treats On Wheels pulled up just in time to deliver these plain-looking dog biscuits inside of a cute little food truck box. First of all, 10 outta 10 for style points on the packaging. I let the package hang out on the desk for several days just on general principle because it is good-looking. That’s right. Sophia’s nook is anything but boring. Next, inside of the little food truck, you are going to get 1 clear cellophane pouch of nifty little bone-shaped dog biscuits flavored with Bacon and Cheese.
This is not a luxury purchase and there aren’t tons of treats in the little food truck. It is just enough to sample really well, which I liked. A sack of 100 pieces of these would be a bit ridiculous to start out with but you can tell the quality, and understand if these treats suit your dog. Since I selected them for the ingredients or lack of certain ingredients, these went over well. It’s taken Sophia and I just over one month to get to the end of our single box of treats and may I just say that these little treats are quite snappy. I saw zero worsening of Sophia’s tearstains during this time and in fact, her tearstains drastically improved during this month. Now…I am not crediting Fido’s Food Truck Treats On Wheels with all of this because I certainly am employing an arsenal of products to attack and destroy that tearstain BUT I am saying that these were not contributory to new staining, allergic reactions, and overproduction of tears. So there! Get some and see for yourself.
We also had the privilege of sharing these treats with other pet parents and fur babies at three separate dog parks. Sophia and I shared with a Yellow Labrador, a Pit Bull, an Irish Terrier, and 1 very smart and very tall mixed breed who was too big to be in the small dog park and sensed my treats! She came right up to me to go straight for my Fanny Pack to her pet parent’s surprise. Good to have a diversion! lol! I coughed up a treat and she happily trotted the other way across the park.
Until next time, Happy Pet Parenting…