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04-08-2014 11:05 AM
Bridget Yeah, just makes you sick. At the shelter, seems like we hear EVERYTHING.
04-08-2014 10:47 AM
And there are the countless owners that give up dogs because they are "too old" in favor of getting a new puppy. Since nobody has mentioned this option yet. Or lifestyle changes, moving, allergies, etc...
Yeahhh...Years back while waiting for a bus, a lady shared her tale of woe on how hard the 1st Xmas was without their old girl, who was 13 & had to be let go prior to the holidays. Since she brought it up, I thought perhaps it helped her to talk, so I asked if the dog had been sick long before they lost her. She looked at me in utter shock, & said, "SICK? She wasn't sick at all. We gave her to the animal shelter so the kids could get a puppy, something they can play with. She was too old for that." I nearly doubled over. I felt as though someone had gut punched me & was actually nauseous. I just hope those children grow up to be better people than their parents.
04-04-2014 09:54 AM
Bridget Thank you for fostering/keeping Charlie. Don't know what we would do without foster families.

The folks who are fostering the Corgi are great and the last dog they fostered for us was a senior in poor health and they had her for 1 year, until she passed away.
04-02-2014 11:56 AM
d4lilbitz Hopefully the senior is able to find a home. They are the gentlest of dogs with so much love to give. We adopted a female senior German Shepherd in December. We started out as a foster and ended up failing lol. We had her only a month and half before Hemangiosarcoma took her from us in the blink of an eye. It was sudden and up until her have never dealt with losing a family member so suddenly. While our time together was short, it was meaningful. It was really tough saying goodbye to her, but I am so thankful we were able to make her feel loved and appreciated during her final weeks. The three pictures below are of her: 2 are of visiting my grandfather and the other with my son who she LOVED.

I hope this senior gets the same happy ending our Charlie was able to have. They all deserve that.
04-02-2014 10:40 AM
Originally Posted by Bridget View Post
My husband got the old Corgi into a foster home! Yay!!
Good to here.
04-02-2014 09:25 AM
Bridget My husband got the old Corgi into a foster home! Yay!!
04-01-2014 10:08 PM
Magwart Please don't give up on the old ones. They often rehome beautifully, wanting nothing more than a soft bed in a quiet house. "Fospice" situations do exist -- and sometimes there are even great adopters.

We've found homes for 2 geriatric GSDs this year with my rescue, and we partner-rescued (with another rescue) to save a third. All were over ten, one as old as 13. All were very expensive to get vetted. All were great, great dogs, with hearts of gold and worth the expense. One of them was a one-eyed, seizure-ridden clumsy old lady. The other two were mostly deaf. All three are VERY loved now, with people committed to making these dog's last days their best days -- and they'll probably live longer just because they're all so stinking happy now.

Seniors are tough foster commitments because they are hard to adopt, but they are the easiest dogs to foster as they expect so little.
03-31-2014 01:03 PM
Originally Posted by SuperG View Post
I always like to think there are two sides to most every situation being the most obvious and the other side which might not be as obvious. Yes, most folks with a knee jerk reaction would comment such as you did but if we do not know the truth behind the situation, we are speculating....and chances might be our "guess" is accurate. However, thinking about the type of person that gives up a 14 year old dog...assuming they had the dog for the vast majority of those 14 years leads me to believe they did it out of necessity not out of selfishness. Perhaps, the only option they had was to surrender their beloved companion to a shelter rather than simply put the dog down??... I certainly do not know but there are situations which exist, forcing humans to do things which others really scratch their heads about...and this is a good example. Please understand, the opinion I submit is defending the exception not the rule when it comes to dogs ending up in a shelter. And I also salute you for donating your time at the shelter as it must be emotionally difficult at times seeing the hardships human impose on dogs.

This, it was most likely a difficult decision for the original owner?
03-31-2014 12:07 PM
Bridget I chastise myself all the time for assuming I know what is going on in these people's minds and thinking I always know "what I would do" in any given situation. This time, the info I have indicates "didn't have time for the dog." Not much of an excuse if you ask me. However, I am unsure how they had time for 14 years, and suddenly don't, so some of you are most likely right that there is more to this story. Still feel sorry for her.
03-28-2014 01:11 PM
blackshep I have no idea how people do it
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