My mother works for a couple who have two small girls. They have one dog already (a neutered male small breed mix,) and they have a cat (that they decided to four paw declaw...BUT let it outside anyways because "it stands by the door wanting to go out.") The cat has already come back to the house with another cat's claw lodged in its eyeball, requiring surgery, and yet, they still let the cat out. My mother, on the other hand, though allergic to cats, keeps the cat indoors when she is over there taking care of the children. She merely takes her prescription allergy meds and puts the cat in the back part of the house (big play room) with its litterbox, food, and water.
About a week ago, the father finds a young "bulldog mix" on the side of the road and decides...he wants it.
He sees that it's underweight, cowers when you raise your voice and decides, "she needs a home." He takes the pup to the Vet who determines it has mange and needs to be spayed as well. Spaying complete...mange treatment started.
Sounds responsible, right? (well...besides the whole cat situation which is.....well...we won't go there)
They tell my mom that they are keeping the pup in the garage. No bed. No crate. Just some puppy pads, food and water. They will keep it there until they get their yard fenced in and then it will be an "outside dog."
The pup is young (6-7 mths old maybe based on pictures and teeth,) and it now has a life of sleeping on concrete while it's recovering from its spay surgery and mange.
In the matter of a week, it has successfully............
1) Eaten the moulding around the bottom of the wall
2) Eaten the moulding lining the steps
3) Eaten half of the door frame leading from the garage into the kitchen
4) Has started gnawing on the bricks
"If you hear her chewing on something, just go outside and give her a good whack. She'll learn."
I can't tell you how furious I am everytime my mother calls to tell me what their newest request is.
I told my mother, "the puppy, among other things, is BORED. Because it's out in the garage (let outside to potty only,) it will find things to do. No one is there to reprimand her or properly train her so she's going to do whatever to get attention/stop her boredom."
They (owners) are deadset and determined to have her be an "outside dog," but wait until this bulldog, who will probably mature out to 80-90 lbs. decides to make their nice sod yard a dirt lot. Wait until this 80-90 lbs dog gets SO excited to see people pay attention to it that it jumps up and knocks people over. They were just going to "keep her outside." I asked about housing for her. They said, "well we have the porch." I at least convinced them to get a doghouse for her, but man.......some folks do NOT need pets!