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November 13th, 2007
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Sorry hun but I am a decent parent. My husband works 6 12hr shifts a week, so I am pretty much a single mom. I have two kids, a dog and a cat and I am ttc #3. My kids get more than enough attention from me. Ya I am exhausted when I go to bed at night but to me it is so worth it.

You are not an awful person for wanting a better life for Duke. You have a justifiable reason for wanting to find him another home.....he bit your daughter, of course you are doing the right thing. In my opinion when someone gives up a dog because they don't have time is just an excuse because in all reality they don't want the dog. I am not saying that you should get rid of one child because you are having another one. I am trying to prove a point........when you have more than one child you make time to accommodate both childrens needs, so therefore a person could make time for a dog if they really "wanted" a dog.

People who really don't "want" a dog shouldn't get a dog........that is all I am trying to say.
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oh ok thanks michelle sorry for jumping the gun thought i missed something there.lol
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Suzy you just need to stop while you're ahead. You don't even have your baby yet & you're telling ME that I wouldn't be able to handle 2 babies because I can't handle a dog & a baby. & yes I was considering giving Duke away last week because I don't have the time for him. I live ON MY OWN. I don't have parent's or anyone else living in the house to help with everything. I take care of Kaylee & this house ON MY OWN. It's a hell of a lot harder than you think it's going to be. I still don't see how you're comparing a dog to a child. A baby needs so much more attention than a dog, A baby is NOTHING like playing house & having a pet.


YES.

Thank you.

Mad


I've never got this mad over a little girl running their mouth before Evil or Very Mad
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wait till the teen years with your lil one lol
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lonelyangel wrote:
oh ok thanks michelle sorry for jumping the gun thought i missed something there.lol


lol nope you're not missing a thing! No baby #2 for a couple more years!
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let me ask you this..

say a person gets a dog while they are young, say 16.

said person graduates high school.. goes onto college.

dog moves with them into a new home after they graduate.

said person wants to start a family.

now has a child, a full-time career, and a house and family to take care of.

No longer has time for above mentioned dog.

Would it be wrong for said person to give away the dog to a family with not so much on their plate or keep the dog and ignore it, because, after all, family priorities come before a dog.

atleast with normal people.
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I think the fact that she is trying to make herself sound better as a parent after the way she has portrayed herself is the main reason people are so angry. She has no clue how hard it is and probably never will since so many people are there to throw assistance at her.
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Sandy_Pants wrote:
the_girlfriend wrote:
Sandy_Pants wrote:
the_girlfriend wrote:
no your not an awful person for doing that
but do you plan on haveing a second child one day?


lol

Suzy..

a child needs a LOT LOT LOT LOT LOT more attention than a damn dog.

you'll see.

u cant just fill Kristins dish when shes hungry and let her go at it. u cant just let her wander around outside for 10 minutes so she can go to the bathroom. U cant just bathe her when her hair starts to get everywhere. U cant just take her to the doctor once every 5 years for rabies shots.

Kids take a lot of attention. a loT more than a dog.


so im still waiting for the question to be answered

if you dont have time for ONE child and a dog then how do you have time for 2 kids?


i did answer ur silly question.

I would rather spend my time with my kids. every last second of it. I wont want to waste my time with animals.

its not that i dont have the time. i would rather spend it elsewhere.


then people wanting to rehome dogs because of that should say
"i want to find a new home for this dog because i would rather spend my time elsewere."
not "because i dont HAVE enough time"

see what i mean? i wish some of you rescued or volunteered at rescue places
so you could see what happens
to these dogs that the owners "dont have time for"

like shanyan said i wihs people would THINK before they got a dog. that its not just a throw away toy
like a kid isnt a throw away toy

maybe then half these dogs would be in a PERMANENT home instead of somewhere they dont have time for them and then just hand them off
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the_girlfriend wrote:
i wish some of you rescued or volunteered at rescue places
so you could see what happens
to these dogs that the owners "dont have time for"


first of all..

i have done volunteer work for the humane society for YEARS.. since i was 15 years old and did my community service at one after getting into a little bit of trouble.

These dogs that people dont have time for, they get adopted out. Its not like people are giving them to shelters and they are killing them immediately. Sometimes they stay there for months at a time, sometimes a few days. Its not immediate.

Secondly, things change. PEople change. Just becuz somebody has time for a dog NOW doesnt mean they will 10 years, or 5 years or even 1 year down the road.
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Ok, like I said, when we GOT the dog, we had plenty of time for him. Shane was working 8 hour days, weekends off. He could play with Duke, walk him, you name it. We DID NOT KNOW he was going to get hired at his new job so soon. We were told he could be on the waiting list for a year or more. Had we known he was going to get hired 2-3 weeks after we got the dog, we wouldn't have got him. Like I said a little bit ago, just stop while you're ahead! You have no idea what you're talking about.
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If a person takes the time to rehome I see no problem with it. You seem to think you are better than others simply because you "rescue" dogs. You buy and resell puppies to fund your spending habits, nothing more.
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Sandy_Pants wrote:
let me ask you this..

say a person gets a dog while they are young, say 16.

said person graduates high school.. goes onto college.

dog moves with them into a new home after they graduate.

said person wants to start a family.

now has a child, a full-time career, and a house and family to take care of.

No longer has time for above mentioned dog.

Would it be wrong for said person to give away the dog to a family with not so much on their plate or keep the dog and ignore it, because, after all, family priorities come before a dog.

atleast with normal people.


there are certain situations when some people have no choice
like if you are being kicked out and you only have one place to move
and then you cant take the dog there. so you have to rehome him

let me ask this question though about your question

so lets say that yes all this does happen, and youve got a home and a career and such to take care of. and a family? so then...why doesnt the family help take care of the dog?
this dog you have
had grown up with you and is attached to you
and looks to you as its family
and trusts you
because youve always been there to take care of it
and now you just give it away?
but what about hubby? he cant help take care of the dog? or if the kids are old enough to pitch in?
or maybe get a dog walker to come once a week to walk the dog for $10?
or maybe on weekends when you take your kids to the park you could take the damm dog too?
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iridescent_opal wrote:
If a person takes the time to rehome I see no problem with it. You seem to think you are better than others simply because you "rescue" dogs. You buy and resell puppies to fund your spending habits, nothing more.


would you like the email address and info to kathryn sharp at the TLAC animal shelter one of the most high kill shelters in austin so you can ask her how many dogs ive pulled from them on death row that are about to die?
or maybe kailey reed of the houston BARC program.another kill rescue that ive pulled dogs from death row on? and ask them?
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So you would rather a family have a complete stranger take care of an animal? We day board dogs all the time. These puppies are miserable being with other people they don't know all day. They need a family that has the time to be there for them, not people who say they will 'do it later'. Yes dogs become attached but they do not have human emotions. They can become attached to others just as easily (unless abuse has taken place). I
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And made hundreds to buy a prada bag or expensive jeans. Please
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10 commandments for pet owners


1. My life is likely to last 10 to 15 years or more. Any separation from you will be painful.

2. Give me time to understand what you want from me. Don't break my spirit with your temper, though I will always forgive you. Your patience will teach me more effectively.

3. Please have me spayed or neutered.

4. Treat me kindly, my beloved friend, for no heart in all the world is more grateful for your kindness than mine. Don't be angry with me for long, and don't lock me up or out as punishment. After all, you have your job, your friends, your entertainment, I only have you.

5. Speak to me often. Even if I don't understand your words, I understand your voice when it's speaking to me. Your voice is the sweetest sound I ever hear, as you must know by my enthusiasm whenever I hear your footsteps.

6. Take me in when it's cold and wet. I'm a domestic animal and am no longer accustomed to the bitter elements. I ask for little more than your gentle hands petting me. Keep my bowl filled with water. Feed me good food so that I may stay well to romp and play. By your side, I stand ready, willing and able to share my life with you, for that is what I live for. I'll never forget how well you've treated me.

7. Don't hit me. Remember, I have teeth that could easily crush the bones in your hand, but I choose not to bite.

8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I'm not getting the right food, or I've been out in the sun too long, my ear may hurt, or my heart may be getting weak.

9. Take care of me when I get old. For you will grow old, too.

10. When I am old, or when I no longer enjoy good health, please do not make heroic efforts to keep me going. I am not having fun. Just see to it that my trusting life is taken gently. And be with me on that difficult journey when it's time to say goodbye. Never say, "I just can't bear to watch it." Everything is easier for me when you are there. I will leave this earth knowing with my last breath that my fate was always safest in your hands. I love you.
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First off I am not young.......I wish that I was but I'm not....lol.

Sandy........see I wish more people were like you. You know that a dog doesn't fit into your lifestyle and therefore you don't have any intentions of getting one.

We are all entitled to an opinion and my opinion is that a dog is a committment and if you can't handle the responsibility than please don't get one.

To me my dog is second best to my children. If he ever injured them or came close to injuring them then of course he would be gone. But he is a member of my family and I always try to make time for him because he is important to me. He doesn't take any time away from my children. When I walk him, my children come with, when I play with him my children usually join in.

My original post was that i wanted to give Suzy a break because she wouldn't be in the business that she is in if people would really make better decisions before they jump into such a commitment.
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iridescent_opal wrote:
And made hundreds to buy a prada bag or expensive jeans. Please

travis bought me the prada bag

and ive got money in my own bank account from when my grandfather died.
not from rescue
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So you would rather a family have a complete stranger take care of an animal? We day board dogs all the time. These puppies are miserable being with other people they don't know all day. They need a family that has the time to be there for them, not people who say they will 'do it later'. Yes dogs become attached but they do not have human emotions. They can become attached to others just as easily (unless abuse has taken place). I


how do you know dogs dont have human emotions?
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Oh. My. God.
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