Crazy Phone Call-Think I Did The Wrong Thing
It's not even 7 am and I've already gotten a crazy phone call,dog related of course. A woman that adopted one of my dogs last year called me franctic, saying that her husband was going to cut a tumor out of his 4 year old Australian Shepherd because he's not happy with was the vet said. I thought it was some kind of 'joke' if you want to call it that.As I talked to this woman I could hear that somehting was wrong.
Fast forward a little bit, I get to their house and see the husband cutting into a huge tumor on this dog's stomach. They said that they've spent over $2000 and the vet still doesn't know what treatment options to use. I was able to see the paperwork,as proof that they did go to the vet. The wife said this dog has a very gentle temperament and will let you do anything to her,even if she is in pain.
This is a weird situation because both of them take great care of their dogs and I've seen how happy the dog they adopted from me is. The issue is that,the husband seems to love the dog to a fault almost. Wife says that he doesn't believe in putting animals down who are suffering.
I did offer some numbers for other vets and even told them about some options they have if they can't afford the treatment themselves. The wife was very receptive,but her husband wasn't at all. He told me that 'if he didn't love his dog he wouldn't be doing this'. He had gauze and a bunch of other tools on a white sheet. He told me that he was sterilizing the knife with chlorox. I make him stop cutting her when I got there. This man was crying as he was cutting the tumors and was even talking to her.
I decided to bring the dog they adopted from me back home when I left. I was going to give them the chance to take the Australian Shepherd in to a vet before I called authorities,but I just felt like I had to go ahead and make the call.
I wouldn't say these people are bad owners. I mean I've run into them when they were at different parks and they always had the dogs with them or they would send me pictures/video updates.
I don't have too many situations in where I have to remove a dog from their home,but when I do it is very cut and dry. In this case though it's confusing even to me because this couple takes great care of their pets in general. I may be wrong,but I don't understand how performing surgery on your dog is a type of love.
I'm going back to bed now.