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How could you?

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by shirleystarr, Sep 9, 2013.


  1. shirleystarr

    shirleystarr PetForums VIP

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    When I was a puppy, I entertained you with my antics and made you laugh. You called me your child, and despite a number of chewed shoes and a couple of murdered throw pillows, I became your best friend. Whenever I was bad, youd shake your finger at me and ask How could you? - but then youd relent, and roll me over for a belly rub.

    My housebreaking took a little longer than expected, because you were terribly busy, but we worked on that together. I remember those nights of nuzzling you in bed and listening to your confidences and secret dreams, and I believed that life could not be any more perfect. We went for long walks and runs in the park, car rides, stops for ice cream (I only got the cone because ice cream is bad for dogs, you said), and I took long naps in the sun waiting for you to come home at the end of the day.

    Gradually, you began spending more time at work and on your career, and more time searching for a human mate. I waited for you patiently, comforted you through heartbreaks and disappointments, never chided you about bad decisions, and romped with glee at your homecomings, and when you fell in love.

    She, now your wife, is not a dog person - still I welcomed her into our home, tried to show her affection, and obeyed her. I was happy because you were happy. Then the human babies came along and I shared your excitement. I was fascinated by their pinkness, how they smelled, and I wanted to mother them, too. Only she and you worried that I might hurt them, and I spent most of my time banished to another room, or to a dog crate. Oh, how I wanted to love them, but I became a prisoner of love.

    As they began to grow, I became their friend. They clung to my fur and pulled themselves up on wobbly legs, poked fingers in my eyes, investigated my ears, and gave me kisses on my nose. I loved everything about them and their touchbecause your touch was now so infrequentand I would have defended them with my life if need be.

    I would sneak into their beds and listen to their worries and secret dreams, and together we waited for the sound of your car in the driveway. There had been a time, when others asked you if you had a dog, that you produced a photo of me from your wallet and told them stories about me. These past few years, you just answered yes and changed the subject. I had gone from being your dog to just a dog, and you resented every expenditure on my behalf.

    Now, you have a new career opportunity in another city, and you and they will be moving to an apartment that does not allow pets. Youve made the right decision for your family, but there was a time when I was your only family.

    I was excited about the car ride until we arrived at the animal shelter. It smelled of dogs and cats, of fear, of hopelessness. You filled out the paperwork and said I know you will find a good home for her. They shrugged and gave you a pained look. They understand the realities facing a middle-aged dog, even one with papers. You had to pry your sons fingers loose from my collar as he screamed No, Daddy! Please dont let them take my dog! And I worried for him, and what lessons you had just taught him about friendship and loyalty, about love and responsibility, and about respect for all life. You gave me a goodbye pat on the head, avoided my eyes, and politely refused to take my collar and leash with you. You had a deadline to meet and now I have one, too.

    After you left, the two nice ladies said you probably knew about your upcoming move months ago and made no attempt to find me another good home. They shook their heads and asked How could you?

    They are all attentive to us here in the shelter as their busy schedules allow. They feed us, of course, but I lost my appetite days ago. At first, whenever anyone passed my pen, I rushed to the front, hoping it was youthat you had changed your mindthat this was all a bad dream...or I hoped it would at least be someone who cared, anyone who might save me. When I realized I could not compete with the frolicking for attention of happy puppies, oblivious to their own fate, I retreated to a far corner and waited.

    I heard her footsteps as she came for me at the end of the day, and I padded along the aisle after her to a separate room. A blissfully quiet room. She placed me on the table and rubbed my ears, and told me not to worry. My heart pounded in anticipation of what was to come, but there was also a sense of relief. The prisoner of love had run out of days. As is my nature, I was more concerned about her. The burden which she bears weighs heavily on her, and I know that, the same way I knew your every mood.

    She gently placed a tourniquet around my foreleg as a tear ran down her cheek. I licked her hand in the same way I used to comfort you so many years ago. She expertly slid the hypodermic needle into my vein. As I felt the sting and the cool liquid coursing through my body, I lay down sleepily, looked into her kind eyes and murmured, How could you?

    Perhaps because she understood my dogspeak, she said Im so sorry. She hugged me, and hurriedly explained it was her job to make sure I went to a better place, where I wouldnt be ignored or abused or abandoned, or have to fend for myselfa place of love and light so very different from this earthly place. And with my last bit of energy, I tried to convey to her with a thump of my tail that my How could you? was not directed at her. It was you, My Beloved Master, I was thinking of. I will think of you and wait for you forever.

    May everyone in your life continue to show you so much loyalty
     
  2. GingerRogers

    GingerRogers PetForums VIP

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    Thats awful can you please stop posting sad stuff :(

    I am not ashamed to say my eyes leaked a little, now my husband will want to know what on earth is wrong with me now!! :rolleyes:

    If only that was just a story, people can be so heartless.
     
  3. astro2011

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    That made me cry :(
     
  4. ladydog

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    What can I say? I feel so sad reading this. I will never understand how people abandon their pets because it doesn't fit in their life anymore. Lady is a member of our family, not an object to consign to the bin.
    My boss wanted to get rid of her 11 years old dog because now she has children, he was surplus to requirement. Her own mother took the dog at the end but my esteem for my boss has hit rock bottom because of this.
     
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    GingerRogers PetForums VIP

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    Yes I understand how it would, it reflects an awful lot about a character I think. I am by no means against re-homing dogs (after all I wouldnt have the pleasure of the 3 fine dogs I have known) but how you could do it with no care to the end result is beyond me :mad:
     
  6. shirleystarr

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    Sorry if the post upsets anyone but people need to see the sad stuff Its real and its life I am sad to say
     
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    I understand that, my comment was tongue in cheek, cos you made me cry :crying:

    Shame that those who really need to understand probably arent looking on forums like this.
     
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    shirleystarr PetForums VIP

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    awww sorry I made you cry Ginger
    Most of this great forum wont ever do that to a dog I know that but I posted it in case anyone wants to put it on face book or elsewhere
     
  9. ladydog

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    Like you I am not against rehoming but it has to be done for the "right" reasons, ie welfare of the dog or the owner and every avenue has been explored.
     
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    So sad and thanks for sharing - if only this could be read by every single person out there thinking of getting a dog - save a lot of pain and suffering for those poor dogs that are dumped when they are no longer convenient :(

    Well, my OH just walked in as I was finishing reading this with tears streaming down my face and the first thing he asked me was 'what did I do??' :D

    I have him well trained...:001_tongue:
     
  11. shirleystarr

    shirleystarr PetForums VIP

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    laughing at what hubby said to you Mad4collies that's hysterical
     
  12. astro2011

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    Glad my OH is working lol! He would have found me in a mess reading that.
     
  13. stranger23

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    That made me cry to :crying:

    It makes me glad we rescued Bruno 2 years ago from the pound days before they put him to sleep just because he has staffy in him and no one wanted him :( We took a risk as they didnt know if he was good with kids or not but it was the best thing we ever did!!

    It also makes me glad we took Sasha on as at 12 weeks she was doomed to end up in a rescue centre to the same sad fate a lot of dogs suffer!!

    If i had the space i would rescue all the oldies and give them a chance of a happy ending!
     
  14. Lilylass

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    Wish I'd not read that ...... I've had to make the absolutely heartbreaking decision to rehome Mia http://www.petforums.co.uk/cat-chat/324282-help-wording-ad.html and was a mess before I read it, so you can imagine what I'm like now

    How anyone can just walk out on an animal I'll never know (Mia will be staying with me until I find her the right home)
     
  15. shirleystarr

    shirleystarr PetForums VIP

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    Oh dear I am so sorry she looks a beautiful cat too Not sure if there is a behaviourist for cats like for dogs
     
  16. cheekymonkey68

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    I've rehomed an old cat and now an older dog...and another reader crying on the computer...my OH asked if I was OK ;0)
     
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    That was so sad :( Can't stop crying now! Giving my Hogan a big cuddle he's not sure what to make of my leaking eyes
     
  18. cinnamontoast

    cinnamontoast Sois pas chiant, chéri.

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    Oh crap, I'm bawling here. :( Me and the OH have a youngster each on our knees, I could never do that to a dog of mine. I rushed home to take them out today, they're my babies.
     
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    At a loss for words..........
     
  20. shirleystarr

    shirleystarr PetForums VIP

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    It happens though Pete I am sad to say
    Would never do that to a dog they are for life but many do I am afraid
     
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