Today’s kind of a Friday fish fry.
I got an owner turn in a couple of weeks ago. I don’t know why someone would not find a way to keep a 7 year old dog. I really don’t. And I never will.
People’s perception of what rescue is and what rescue does in reality are two different things. If you adopt a dog from the local shelter, you did not rescue a dog. You adopted the dog from the local shelter. If you adopted a dog from a rescue, the dog is a rescue. You did not rescue the dog. If a breeder took a dog back and you adopted that dog, you have a breeder rehome. Beauregard was a breeder rehome. His original owner was an Air Force Captain who was shipped overseas and couldn’t take him. The breeder took him back and called me. His original name was Max. If you can’t keep your dog and you give it to a rescue, you are doing a slightly better thing than dumping him at a shelter or just letting him loose to find his own way. In this country 10,000 pets are destroyed every single day at shelters throughout this country. If you take your dog to a shelter, there is a slim chance of your dog getting adopted and finding a good home. If your dog is lucky and gets pulled by a rescue, he might have a chance at a good life. If your dog is a jerk, because you’re a shitty dog owner, which really if you’re taking your dog to the shelter you have a pretty good chance of being in that category, your dog is going to be destroyed. You just killed that dog. Don’t be thinking you did a good thing. Good reasons that a dog ended up in rescue. You died and don’t have any family. Although you should provide for your dogs. The Brother probably thanks the good Lord for every morning I wake up on the sunny side of the earth, that he doesn’t have to deal with the Hellhoundz. Another decent reason is that you are dying. Another decent reason is that you’ve had a child and, wait for it, not what you think, but that child has developed an allergy to the pet. It happens. It sucks.
A rescue is an organization that more often than not operates on a shoestring saving the poor souls that dumbasses dump in this country. They take on the dogs that are bred by backyard breeders who don’t know dick about animal husbandry. Those people breed dogs with shitty temperaments, bad joints, health issues and they don’t understand that a good breeder always takes back their dogs if they can’t stay with their original owners. Rescues don’t make money, they lose money. Some have angels who provide services or facilities, most just make due.
Meet Duke. He’s my latest bad idea. He was an owner turn in. I never really got the full story. That’s the other thing, people lie to rescues and figuring out the dog’s real story is always an adventure. He’s seven years old. His “breeder” is some d-bag out in the valley who wouldn’t take him back. His owners, well, who knows, they lied to me. But Duke is very busy right now making my mother happy. They hang out. He turned out to be a little more spry than I thought he was, so on my way home every night I stop and take Duke for his evening constitutional. Sometimes that’s the best 20 minutes of my day. Duke looks forward to my visits. Or maybe he’s just looking forward to taking a crap.