Tuesday, January 10, 2012

too compassionate?

The other day a man was standing by my vehicle, looking at my dogs panting in the car and told me he was ready to call the police on me for animal abuse. I had been inside a grocery store for exactly ten minutes, the windows were open. And yes, Jazz and Annie were in fact panting and the sun was out. I explained to him that we just got back from the dog park and these two older dogs tend to pant a lot more than they used too, but it wasn't from the car heat, it was from playing less than 15 minutes ago for over an hour. I was only gone ten minutes and was getting a lecture because it looked like I was a deadbeat. The man didn't believe that the owner drove 30 minutes from her home so her usually-leashed huskies could run at will in a safe fence and socialize in a dog park. He told me he had already called the police. I drove away so angry my knuckles were white on the wheel.

A few years ago when I was renting in Vermont, a neighbor accused me of animal abuse because she didn't understand any of my methods of animal husbandry. She thought the deep bedding in the goat pen was "me being too lazy to clean it out" and I was cruel to keep rabbits in cages, dogs in crates, and I was poisoning the well water with the chicken poo in the yard from twenty chickens. She called animal control on me and when the officer came to inspect the farm he shook his head at my neighbor, telling me if all animals were as well tended as mine his line of work wouldn't be needed.

I think Joel Salatin put it best in his recent book Folks, This Aint Normal. An entire chapter “A Cat is a Cow is a Chicken is My Aunt” is dedicated to the recent abnormality of ridiculous levels of anthropomorphism mixed with a general agricultural ignorance. I run into this constantly, both on the blog and in real life. I never worry about leaving Gibson in the truck in Washington County, as ride-along dogs are common as ticks, but in Vermont I worry someone will be standing there writing a note on my door. I always want to laugh, because if they knew what a farm dog goes through in a usual day....5 minutes in a car with a cracked window is a joke. There's a good chance by the time I got to Manchester Gibson has cut himself on a sharp briar in the woods, got burrs in tail feathers, faced a horned sheep head on and barely avoided her headbutt, ran till he was ready to collapse, got covered in mud....and loved every minute of it. Waiting in the car isn't always comfortable, but its more boring to him than dangerous.

Compassion is good. Animal abuse is bad. These are things we can all agree on, but when righteousness and ignorance hit you full force is makes you very, very tired. Just because an animal isn't in a situation you would want to be in means it is being abused. Just because an animal isn't constantly comfortable (I am rarely comfortable and have yet to be accused of self-human-abuse) doesn't make it a victim. I am all for animal welfare and practice it constantly, but comparing our comfort level to livestock is silly.


Blogger Robin said...

OMG! That video was the best! It made me laugh out loud!

It's just amazing how ignorant people are when it comes to animals and nature. I never realized this until I moved from the farm to the city.

January 10, 2012 at 3:53 PM  
Blogger Jess said...

We just started watching Portlandia, it's hilarious! On a serious note, it would bother me too to be accused of such things when you love your animals so much.

January 10, 2012 at 3:55 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Oh boy Jenna, I've been in your place in the past. We kept WILD BOAR in the bush. We built them a good barn, but they wouldn't use it so we stored hay in the end. During one of the worst winters on record they made a HUGE hay nest and three females grouped up and had their shoats there in FEBRUARY. My neighbour, a "conventional" factory farmer, phoned animal control. They sent an inspector who demanded to see every animal on the place. She was very impressed in the end and gave me a lovely letter saying so. We filed the letter with our breeders association with hopes that we wouldn't get any more flack from conventional farmers.

January 10, 2012 at 3:56 PM  
Blogger The Village Queen said...

That vid was a riot! There is always some sactomnious soul who has to critisize others so he doesnt have to deal with his own life. For your blood pressure you need to just let it go. You say thank you for your concern, mind your own business. Get in your truck and drive away. Like any badly behaved child, engaging just give him validation. I'm sorry it upset you so much, consider the source. Breathe, and know your puppies had a great time running around loose. Have you had enough snow for a sled pulling session this winter? That sounds so fun...

January 10, 2012 at 4:14 PM  
Blogger MIB said...

For real. We've run into this, too--to the point that someone from the city was driving by our place and complained to the local police about the conditions our horses were in. (Apparently they didn't care about our chickens/ goats, pig, etc.) When the police came out, they looked around and said "That person has NO IDEA what they're talking about." And we still occassionally get anonymous newsletter clippings about horse abuse mailed to us.

It really does boggle my mind how people get self-righteous about livestock treatment when they have no idea of what those animals actually require and what makes them comfortable. I could go on and on with examples. (And I say this as someone who lets her four large pet dogs sleep in her bed.)

P.S. Did anyone else ever see that "cat found" poster from some Southern California city--"male, very scared :-( , not spayed, not housetrained :-( "--that had a picture of an opossum on it?!

January 10, 2012 at 4:19 PM  
Blogger MIB said...

Oops! It was Seattle. http://www.myballard.com/2009/08/05/cat-found-poster-shows-one-mean-kitty/

January 10, 2012 at 4:22 PM  
Blogger Mark Brennan said...

It really bugs me when people show their ignorance in such a condescending way. It kind of amuses me when people give human emotions to animals. My dog, Timmy, is one of the most pampered dogs I have ever met but I don't believe for a second that he gets depressed when I leave the house without him ( as has been said to me on numerous occasions ).
I just finished listening to 'folks, this ain't normal' on audio book and must thank you for the recommendation. Looking forward to reading some more of his books.

January 10, 2012 at 4:25 PM  
Blogger mdoe37 said...

I don't think I would have explained anything to the guy. . . .I would have looked him in the eye and loudly told him to move away from you and your vehicle. . . that he is threatening you. Probably not his intent, but I'll bet he would have backed away in a hurry.

January 10, 2012 at 4:38 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

Of course WE know you love your animals... and YOU know you were only in the store for a few minutes / the dogs were panting from a trip to the dog park.... but the man in question didn't know that and I salute him for calling for help. I would have done the same (and I farm, and I have a farm dog that travels with me)

January 10, 2012 at 4:41 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Hi Jenna.
When my husband and I first moved to Maine a few years ago, we had to go into town so my husband could do some errands. We took our dog with us in our minivan. For whatever reason, I did not have any water for him, so I stopped at the store to get him some. It was April and in the mid afternoon and I had put the windows down. I was literally gone ten entire minutes (and I remember rushing through the store and checking my watch while in the store). When I got back to the van, there was a negative note on the windshield regarding the dog being left in the van! HEL-LO- I don't think in APRIL in MAINE he was in any danger of being too hot!!! It can be very frustrating to deal with folks especially when it comes to animals and livestock. We all know you are doing a great job!
Lisa in Maine

January 10, 2012 at 4:41 PM  
Blogger Ngo Family Farm said...

Grrrr...that kind of thing makes me so mad, too, Jenna! Self-righteous ignorance is exactly what it is!

There's a recent housing development behind our long-established farming community, and we've had animal control out here a couple times already because of these newcomers' complaints that our livestock is "disturbing their peace." I'd like to call some kind of lawn-mower police on them, since that disturbs my peace ;)

January 10, 2012 at 4:44 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

We currently live in Burlington Vermont but will be moving to Clinton County NY in a couple of weeks (practically neighbors :) ) and I agree - some people around here confuse animals with children!
We're excited to move to a place that remembers what farming is :)

January 10, 2012 at 4:53 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Well said!

January 10, 2012 at 4:54 PM  
Blogger Sue Steeves said...

I just started watching Portlandia on Netflix this past weekend and this clip was one of my favorites. I always get flack from 'non rabbit keeping people' for keeping my rabbits in wire floored hutches.....and they hay resting boards and hay boxes. Oh well, I know all my animals are safe and happy....as are yours. So the troublemakers can go pound sand ;)

January 10, 2012 at 4:56 PM  
Blogger QuilterMary said...

I'd rather wait in the car myself. Gibson's got a good deal!

January 10, 2012 at 5:07 PM  
Blogger Mist said...

I completely agree that sometimes people get way to wrapped up in other people's business, especially where animal welfare is concerned. I would, however, much prefer the inconvenience of someone accusing me of something I wasn't doing than the equally as prevalent ambivalence that is often shown by some. When I was in college, an elderly man fell while coming down the steps of the bus--directly in front of a group of a dozen people. Not a single one of them offered to help him up. I was further away, but I made my way over to help. Even when I was aiding the man, the crowd just stared at us. I was seething mad.

It would certainly be disheartening to have someone judging me unkindly AND calling the police, but at least they care, right? They're obviously uninformed, and maybe a bit mean-spirited, but at least they care.

January 10, 2012 at 5:22 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth from the Berkshires said...

It's January!! In upstate New York!! Your dogs couldn't overheat in the car on the warmest January day, even if you tried.
The video was funny and also horrifying, for the same reason... that it is so realistic.
I also just listened to the audio version of "Folks, This Ain't Normal," and I agree--totally worth listening instead of reading. Thanks for the recommendation!
Remember you have many admirers out here, despite the ignorance you encounter from time to time.

January 10, 2012 at 5:24 PM  
Blogger Mama Forestdweller said...

Geez, that guy's nuts!
I used to work on a farm near Boulder, Colorado, and I ran into that kind of thing all the time. People are so weird!!

I'm always amazed by folks who have absolutely zero experience in farm work or animal husbandry but who feel totally qualified to judge those who do it for a living...so strange! Shows what a serious disconnect there is in our society. I hope this changes someday.

January 10, 2012 at 6:21 PM  
Blogger Sylvie said...

I wish our town had a fenced in enclosure so our huskies could run free as the wind too, but alas we don't so they have to remain leashed and miserable! lol

January 10, 2012 at 6:23 PM  
Blogger Tara said...

Elizabeth took the words right out of my mouth! I was trying to figure out how on earth a dog could overheat in NY in January, under ANY circumstances.

January 10, 2012 at 6:28 PM  
Blogger kippy said...

That would have made me livid too.
Some people are so ignorant and don't think before they speak. No one should question the excellent way you take care of your dogs etc.

January 10, 2012 at 6:32 PM  
Blogger Kris said...


January 10, 2012 at 6:41 PM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

Lori, point taken. It was commendable the first few times people have done this. After the dozenth time, it isn't so easy to deal with. That guy on me about Jazz and annie didn't believe me AFTER I explained myself and started dialing.

As for winter cars in NY, This didn't happen just recently, this happened a while ago, but seeing that clip today made me shake my head.

Compassion is good, animal abuse is bad. But I think a lot of people confuse human emotions, preferences, and comforts with animal needs.

January 10, 2012 at 6:55 PM  
Blogger MsPieway said...

Your windows were open, what was the guy's problem?

I guess this is just one of the hazards of our time; we are told to SPEAK up against abuses, since it seems so many times AFTER the abuse has taken place, we find out that many people knew & did nothing.

So, I guess I am with some posters who say that DESPITE the jerks that stick their un-informed noses into others' business, it is probably better that they do.

January 10, 2012 at 7:35 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

People like that need to actually concern themselves with animals that are actually being abused instead of being hysterical ninnies over things the situation you described. There'd likely be fewer instances of abuse if these obviously well-meaning but misguided goofballs kept themselves in check and diverted attention to where it was actually needed.

January 10, 2012 at 7:52 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Hear hear. My german shepherd leads a good life - spends her days at work with me, is working through herding classes, and enjoys regular trips to area dog parks and campgrounds.

Earlier this fall, I had a full day work seminar to attend. Coincidentally, I had a plumber scheduled to come fix some problems at the house. In order to minimize stress on the dog (and the plumber!) I brought her along for the day. The temps were, pleasantly, in the mid-40's. Every few hours, I left the lecture and let her out of the car for a bathroom break. She rides in the car for hours each week, and happily goes to sleep riding shotgun while I grocery shop or tend to other business.

At 3PM, while in a lecture, I received a call from the police department about alleged "dog abuse", etc etc. I immediately left the class to call the officer back. He was very understanding and explained that he walked up to my car: windows were cracked, dog was asleep, temperatures were mild. He thanked me for my response and assured me that no further action was necessary or expected.

Dogs are dogs. We who love and respect them - as dogs - are blessed to have them along for the ride.

January 10, 2012 at 8:02 PM  
Blogger Fresh Eggs Farm said...

Portlandia is hilarious and so...well...Portland LOL. Keep doing what you are doing Jenna. That guys is a trip.

January 10, 2012 at 8:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. I can't imagine January, in upstate NY, is any danger for dogs left in a car. With windows down, no less. I have, however, called cops and confronted people in the South in spring and summer. There are many instances every year, in horrid southern summer heat, of dogs overheating in cars - even with windows cracked. This is in a place where in early spring it gets to be in the 80s/90s. It can take only a few minutes (less than ten) for animals to start overheating down here. There are so many reports every year and it's so depressing. I confronted a woman in midsummer this year when she left her dog in her car with the windows barely cracked. It was around 95-100 degrees outside and super humid. A cop even saw this and lectured her. I do agree that more people should care and react, but also be aware and informed about what's going on. And it infuriates me when people assume that farm animals are being abused without truly understanding agricultural processes, or the animals themselves.

January 10, 2012 at 9:07 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

In January? In New York? I'm still trying to figure that one out.... I get livid when people leave their dogs in the car in Georgia in August, but this seems like quite an overreaction.

I would chalk it up to him having a really bad day - it probably had nothing to do with you.

My dog would give me up if she had the opportunity to live on a farm. I spoil her rotten, but it's not the same I'm sure.... :)

January 10, 2012 at 9:17 PM  
Blogger Meredith A said...

Your blog said this happened the other day, your comment said this didnt happen recently but awhile ago.

A cracked window with 2 overheated from exercise double coated senior dogs in June is vastly different than January. One could very well be deadly, the other harmless. The guy didn't know and was concerned, I commend him.

I've been in similar situations where I'm comfortable with the care of my animals while others are nervous and see it as a risk.

Sorry you're fed up with it but the reality is dogs can and do die in hot vehicles. As far as he knew the owner could have been gone for hours and not back for several more, when was it anyway? Research animal cruelty cases or interview an animal control officee and you'll quickly see owners judgement is not always good or humane.

January 10, 2012 at 9:54 PM  
Blogger katiegirl said...

Sorry, but I think it's better to err on the side of caution when dealing with animals (who can't help themselves). Yes, many times well-meaning but possibly ignorant people make calls about neglect or abuse when it clearly isn't, but how many animals are saved or helped by these well-intending people?

Perhaps your dogs were cool enough, but the man saw panting dogs in a truck and wanted to help them. Good for him. I take my dogs with me much of the time, but if I even think it *may* be too warm to leave them in the car, I'll leave them home. Heck, sometimes I'll leave them home just because I don't want people to think I'm neglecting them. It saves people the worry, and I'll take my dogs another day.

After all, what harm did the man really cause? He upset you, but so what? A total stranger made a rude comment. I would have said, "Please, call the police and I'll wait until they come and we can all discuss it."

January 10, 2012 at 10:40 PM  
Blogger Stacie said...

I think people do things like that to feel like they've done their "good deed of the day." And then they go home and eat their meal of factory-farmed chicken, whose whole life was abuse, and feel sanctimonious.

I try to keep in mind that folks like this generally are doing it to be good, but it can be hard when, like this guy, it's pretty clear he's just being a jerk.

January 10, 2012 at 10:44 PM  
Blogger Mary R. said...

Does Meredith A. ever have anything positive or supportive to say?

January 10, 2012 at 11:14 PM  
Blogger goatgirl said...

Hear Hear!

January 11, 2012 at 12:03 AM  
Blogger admin said...

I’ve never lived in a place where this type of “misunderstanding” has happened regularly. Even now, which is as citified as I’ve ever been, there’s still some sort of rural aspect at play—I can imagine being perceived as an animal abuser would be very trying to say the least. I also have a lack of life experience when it comes to vegans or vegetarians—I’ve never even known a practicing one until recently, but in the last few years I’ve had to sort of stop myself and realize that people come from totally different worlds than I do and therefore have been raised to see the world through different perspectives or have made different conclusions about how the world should function. This happened especially to me after coming across some new, but perfectly great co-workers I became friends with. They’ve had completely different life experiences, plus both are vegetarians AND dress their small dogs in sweaters to name a few glaring differences (one did questioned me about whether I should even be riding my horse, because she felt it was really hurting horses when they are ridden when we first met—she’s since changed her mind). I used to dismiss people with these tendencies as nuts! Now, thankfully I’m willing to be friends. What becomes a problem is when we start judging one another solely on our own steadfast outlooks, if this makes any sense….

I’m with you on the whole animals interpret the world like people do thing—not sure how that trend’s ever going to be entirely changed in our current culture.

January 11, 2012 at 12:13 AM  
Blogger Ngo Family Farm said...

Stacie, EXACTLY! Very well said.

January 11, 2012 at 1:50 AM  
Blogger cam said...

Very well said!

January 11, 2012 at 8:13 AM  
Blogger Catharine said...

That Portlandia sketch cracked me up! It is so true! I love how they thought they knew what the dog would like - no pepper and only bottled water! That is sooooo Portland! oy

January 11, 2012 at 9:13 AM  
Blogger Jinx in the Garden said...

I wouldn't be mad at him for wanting to help the dogs. Yes, he was overreacting, most people hear about dogs dying in locked cars and forget that it usually doesn't happen in cold weather. But, I don't blame you for being furious with him after explaining the situation to him and him still being difficult. I'd be worried too, even in cool weather, if I walked passed a car that had two panting dogs that looked overheated in it, maybe the day was warmer than I thought. But when the owner happened to walk up while I was worrying and explained it to me, I'd just be glad it wasn't a bad thing.

Living in Texas, we have stories every single year of animals and children being locked in cars for sometimes hours at a time and dying, and sometimes the parents or owners being pissed because someone called the police on them and the police broke into the car to free them. It happened in my town this summer to two children and several dogs. Sadly, none of the stories this year were your typical forgot the kid or pet in the car story, but just going into the store for a little bit stories. Both of the children died, and about half the dogs died. But in the cold the dogs just look grateful to have the warmth. Oddly, you never see kids left in cars in cooler weather down here.

January 11, 2012 at 11:00 AM  
Blogger Kelly McMichael said...

has happened to us countless times. I wish people would just mind their own @$%^ business. Why do people feel like they have to intervene? Really? People have no common sense today.

January 11, 2012 at 11:00 AM  
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January 11, 2012 at 11:01 AM  
Blogger Lydia said...

A little common sense goes a long way! I have to check out Portlandia, I keep reading about how funny it is.

January 11, 2012 at 11:13 AM  
Blogger Jennifer Montero said...

Oh dear...I've had a similar experiences - just exercised dogs in the car in a temperate climate - and was just as white-knuckle angry to be scolded by a stranger, even a well-meaning, animal-loving one.

Now I have this solution. I ask the person "Are you a vet?" "Do you know what a dog's normal temperature should be?"(I accept 100-102F.) Then I ask "Can you describe or recognise any other signs of hyperthermia in dogs?"

I can do this calmly. Now they're stuck defending their opinion. I've only done it twice and both times the complainers walked away muttering. Best of all, I didn't get stuck with the anger - they took it with them.

I keep a dog first aid kit in both my trucks. If I was *really* brave I would get out the doggie thermometer and offer it to the person with "Hey, feel free to check her temperature for yourself. It's digital..." and hand them the rectal themometer from the..ahem..working end.

January 11, 2012 at 12:40 PM  
Blogger doglady said...

I had a similar experience with a student at the local college. My 2 German Shepherds were in the back of my cap covered pickup with the sliding windows open under the trees in my driveway. The student came to my door and asked if those were my dogs and when I replied yes she started in about my abuse. I informed her those dogs were very happy in their truck as it might go somewhere and she should mind her own business.
My boarding kennel was inspected by members of one of the animal rights organization. I'm guessing PETA. They didn't say who they were but I knew but the way the were acting. I suggested they visit a CAFO.

January 11, 2012 at 1:23 PM  
Blogger enchantedacres said...

People have lost their minds. It was harder to adopt from the SPCA than when we adopted our son! That is no lie. In fact they wouldn't give us the dog because we hadn't gotten a fence put up in our backyard yet (the dog was an indoor dog). So, instead of rescuing a dog who needed a home, the next day I went and purchased one. Now, how sensible is that.

January 11, 2012 at 3:25 PM  
Blogger enchantedacres said...

People have lost their minds. It was harder to adopt from the SPCA than when we adopted our son! That is no lie. In fact they wouldn't give us the dog because we hadn't gotten a fence put up in our backyard yet (the dog was an indoor dog). So, instead of rescuing a dog who needed a home, the next day I went and purchased one. Now, how sensible is that.

January 11, 2012 at 3:26 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

I completely agree with Stacie. People really need to put it all into perspective. How can you pat yourself on the back for saving dogs who weren't in danger and then go home to chow down on your abused bacon and battery hen eggs. But this is all relative to people's need to have pets and children on the same wave length while being completely removed about the situation in which their food is coming from. It's a scary world out there.

January 11, 2012 at 5:37 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

The same guy who harasses you about your dogs probably will refuse to give a homeless person some change for food. Persistant crabbiness has got to be stopped!!!

January 11, 2012 at 5:40 PM  
Blogger Megan, a farmer at heart said...

Once I went to walmart during the hottest summer on record. Some idiot left their yorkie in the car with one window barely cracked.It seemed like the poor dog was barking for help. We went in told customer service about it and they made an announcement. While we were shopping the owners over heard us talking about it wondering if the dog was ok and in a few minutes we were going to check on the dog. If it was still in there we were going to call the police. These people overheard and came right up to us and yelled. They "claimed" that they were "running in". I'm sorry NO DOG should EVER be left alone in a car for ANY length of time in the summer. Espically when there's a Petco right there. Someone can shop while the other hangs out with the dog in Petco.
Now my guys are papered/well respected and I have an older working dog who did work that summer. But you bet you a** if the ground was too hot she had boots on and the AC was on even when we were just sitting in the car. Animals in this house are spoiled but they are treated like animals first.
You did right Huskies pant because that's what they do. This guy was an uneducated busy body. I would have been pissed too.

January 11, 2012 at 10:55 PM  
Blogger Sophie - The Joy of Farming said...

I love the people who screech into our yard from the main road to tell us we have a dead cow in the front (aka roadside) field. Dead, sleeping - what's the difference? Happens all the time.

January 12, 2012 at 5:20 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

Want to trade? I got a lecture at the bank because I ran in to make a deposit and left my kids in the car- who are 15 and 8! My oldest is a few months away from driving herself! They were left with heat, radio, and in the middle of a game... oh yeah- and with a cell phone...

Personally, I think we are way to self centered that the way we do things is the only right way and therefore anyone who does it differently is wrong. It's like we are all still in grade school-you're mean I'm telling!

January 12, 2012 at 9:30 AM  
Blogger Kirsten said...

Oh, I so hear you on this one. I was once told I was abusing my baby when I left her in the car for TWO minutes (she was asleep) going into a store with a huge glass window so I saw her the entire time. Of course the person who made a fuss was watching for the entire time, smoking a cigarette and then yelling at me.

These kinds of interactions are so irritating because they don't come from kindness. Instead of asking if you need help, what can they do for you etc., you get yelled at. Seems all backwards to me!

January 12, 2012 at 11:14 AM  
Blogger Kris said...

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January 12, 2012 at 12:27 PM  
Blogger Michellerobin1979 said...

I got the same response (that you are giving) from a woman who had left her two babies (under three, in car seats) in her car while she spent the next half hour in petco (in Las Vegas no less.) So I tend to agree with the man who made you mad. Its better to get involved in a situation rather then to hear about it on the six o clock news...wishing you had prevented a devastating disaster!

PS. when I was younger a woman waited by my truck till I came out of home depot telling me that she was about to call the police because I had left my dog in the truck, so I do know how it feels on both sides. I am just glad I had that experience and have since grown up, and would never consider doing that to my dog again.

January 12, 2012 at 12:51 PM  
Blogger s said...

it's those damn sarah mclachlan commercials, man.

January 12, 2012 at 8:08 PM  
Blogger bucolic beauty said...

I lived in Eugene for a few years(I now live an hour away), which is basically a smaller rendition of Portland. People are seriously over-the-top about their pets, especially dogs. We always get flack for having our(long-haired, mind you. She's a GR)dog be strictly outdoors. When we visited an animal rescue shelter in Eugene, the worker helping us told us that he didn't think any dog should be an outdoor dog unless it was a Malamute and in so many words thought that our family wasn't a right fit for any of the dogs they had.

January 13, 2012 at 11:04 AM  
Blogger Infinite Possibilities said...


Maybe "another" way to look at it is...at least someone was paying attention. Perhaps their "heart" was in the right place...even if their brain and execution of their opinions were a bit off. Just a thought.

January 13, 2012 at 2:06 PM  
Blogger Catcoco said...

I do wish people would mind their own business, too... and I also think dog rescue groups are not adopting out dogs to families who would be great for them for ridiculous reasons. They are expecting everything to be perfect - which, to them, means a fenced yard. I do not know many people who do have fenced yards in the country, but most of us still make great dog owners. I went through two rounds of interview to rescue an Irish Wolfhound that was used as a sire by a puppy mill. I was told we were chosen as the right family and that we could get our dog as soon as we installed a fence around the property. Under the topsoil here is solid rock. Everyone around here that has a fence had to use dynamite to install the posts... I told them this was not something I was willing to do. The thanked me and told me the dog would have to be placed in another family. He still lives with his foster family as no one who shows interest - the dog is 5 years old. IW have a life expectancy of around 7 years - is good enough for them. To me, this is ridiculous...

January 13, 2012 at 3:00 PM  

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