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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 04-26-2017, 11:07 AM Thread Starter
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Just venting, but where do they find these people?

I volunteer at a no-kill shelter; thus, co-workers and acquaintances want to come to me when they want to get rid of their pet. They seem to think I will be sympathetic, tell them what to do, and maybe give their pet a bit higher status (?) Anyway, I am hearing more and more that the cat or dog has a housebreaking problem/won't use the litter box and their husband says the animal HAS to go. So I'm thinking WHERE DO THEY FIND THESE PEOPLE TO MARRY? My husband and I certainly aren't saints, but he would never insist that I get rid of those I love so much, nor would I ask him. His lab is 13 years old and he has an occasional accident in the house. We clean up after him and try to think of solutions, but I would give up every household item I have before I would suggest that he "get rid" of Loki prematurely. Aside from that, LOL, husband knows he would be outta there far sooner than the animals if he ever did insist on something like that and I know the same! OK, I've said my piece and now I feel a little better.
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 04-26-2017, 11:19 AM
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Pfffffft. When I was going thru my divorce and told my ex I needed to keep the house so my GSD (and cats) would have a home. He wanted to sell. I said, "Where would Carter (dog) go? What landlord will rent to "scary" Shep (and 3 cats.)?" He said, "Well, we'll have to find a home for him." After that, the divorce couldn't happen fast enough -- and I kept my Carter until the day he died AND the house (and cats! )
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I suspect that the wife doesn't have a lot of empathy for the pet either.It's easier to foist the blame on the partner.

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The dualness (I think I made that word up) of a marriage. Takes two to work and compromise. She married him. Wonder if he complains that she values the dog more than him?

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Yep, I think you are correct, Dogma. Easier to just blame the husband. Even though it makes us women sound like silly little victims who can't stand up to our husbands! You certainly get tired of the excuses at any rate.
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I currently know someone who's husband was offered a FREE Graduate degree program while he works for the college sports department (no pay) with free housing as well. The catch...they can't have their dog in the housing. If he can't work out having the dog then he and his wife are turning it down. That's an owner that lives up to having a pet is a lifelong commitment to the pet. This person is willing to give up a Masters degree and major career opportunity because he and his wife don't consider a pet as an easily disposable thing. Their dog is part of their family.
I understand some people have no choice but seriously it shouldn't be a whilly nilly decision to just get rid of a pet because it has a small issue like housebreaking. Likely the fault of the owner as it is because housebreaking isn't that hard.
These people you speak of should probably never have pets to start with.

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To me dogs are a lifestyle and they dictate how you live. So many people just consider them things to be kept for entertainment, and when the entertainment wears off they ditch the animal.

I've bought cars for my dogs (had to have a specific type for the space) and am buying a house in the fall and have specific requirements because of the dogs. And the man I marry is going to have to deal with that (hopefully he loves them as much as I do). They are a committment.

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Another thing I hear a lot is "I want a dog SO bad, but my husband doesn't like dogs (is allergic, etc., etc.)" Which is fine, in fact good not to get one if the whole family isn't on board. But I can't imagine marrying someone that disliked dogs. In fact, pretty sure it would never go beyond a first date because...what would we talk about?
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This is the very reason my sister and I were estranged for years (prior to her death). She had 2 westies and got "rid" of them because she was buying a house with a pool and there was no yard for the dogs.

She moves 2 years later and buys 2 black lab puppies. She has a fenced yard. However, she spent NO time training them and they ended up banished to the back yard night and day. I never found out what happened to the labs as I quit talking to her at that point.


My animals comes first. They always have and always will. I would never for even one second contemplate giving up one of my furbabies because they have become "inconvenient".
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Anyway, I am hearing more and more that the cat or dog has a housebreaking problem/won't use the litter box and their husband says the animal HAS to go. .
I remember the first time I heard someone say this to me.......basically......getting rid of the dog because it wasn't housebroken per their expectations.......I thought they were kidding......when I discovered they weren't.....I said........" Good thing your parents didn't do the same to you"...

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