Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Wednesday Pet of the Week

This is Rusty, a long haired chihuahua...he is 4 years old, a little timid and shy, needs a forever home....he has been brought back to the shelter several times through no fault of his own...this is hard on dogs just as with people...
The 10 commandments of Dog Ownership
1. My life is likely to last 10 - 15 years. Any separation from you will be painful for me. Remember that before you adopt me.
2. Give me time to understand what it is that you want from me. I need to go to a basic obedience class so I can learn what you do want, not just what you don't want.

3. Place your trust in's crucial to my well being.
4. Don't be angry at me for long and don't hit me or lock me up as a punishment. You have your work, your entertainment and your friends. I have only you.
5. Talk to me sometimes. Even if I don't understand your words, I understand your voice when you are speaking to me.
6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it.
7. Please be gentle and kind to me. Remember I have teeth and claws that could easily hurt you, but only fear or pain will cause me to use them.
8. Before you scold me for being uncooperative, obstinate or lazy, 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, or my heart is getting old and weak.
9. Take care of me when I get old. You too will grow old.

10. Go with me on difficult journeys. Never say, "I can't bear to watch." Everything is easier for me if you are there. Remember that I love you ..

In our neighborhood, we see some mistreatment of dogs....mainly through neglect..people are working, and busy with their lives and the poor dog is stuck in the back yard all alone for days...they are not bad people...just ignorant ones who do not realize that a dog is a pack animal, and they are his pack...when he is ignored, he feels that he is being punished. The dog in turn gets bored, barks, digs, chews, etc. to relieve the boredom and then gets into trouble when the owners come home...sad ...

one neighbor had a little white poodle, who was ignored..Daisy would bark incessantly, dig, chew and run away whenever she could, she also was very dirty and ungroomed..fortunately, another neighbor offered to adopt her, she is now being groomed monthly, looks white and beautiful, never barks, looks and acts like an entirely different dog. When the new owner walks her, she walks with
spring in her step, and you can almost see her smile. Daisy is one happy dog and a wonderful companion...
Don't you like happy endings that this? I hope little Rusty will find his family soon, the poor guy has been through a lot.