And then I moved to Bolling AFB, and every week ... I see animals that should be beloved pets listed on the For Sale facebook pages.
Who wants a golden retriever puppy? 12 weeks? It's too much for us to handle with our 6mo old baby.
Free: cat. Moving and cannot take with.
Needs a good home ... this cat. We cannot afford to take care of it.
Need to rehome our dog, bit my child.
Multiple postings, every week. From owners moving to not wishing to own pets. Owners not wishing to deal with behavioral issues. Owners simply not knowing any better. Sorry, you can't not walk a dog and expect it to be perfectly behaved all the time. And for the record, you think that advertising that your dog bit your child is going to help it get a new home? Aggression is a big-time liability and a huge risk to take a chance on. I hate hearing the phrase "Well, I'm not going to spend thousands of dollars in behavioral modification. It's just a dog."
A pet is not a fad like a pet rock or a lava lamp. It's not a toy to amuse your children with until the novelty wears out. It's not a training aid to instill responsibility in children. And it's definitely not unbreakable, behaviorally or otherwise.
Sometimes, things happen in life and it becomes best for the animal to find a new home. But if this is your beloved pet, are you really going to give it away to the first person that knocks on your door? Don't you think you owe it to your pet to thoroughly interview a potential family? Turn a few down if it's not a perfect forever-home match? I can understand wanting to rehome the dog because it bit your child, but I have to wonder about why the child was bitten to begin with? Did it pull the dog's ears? Pinch him accidentally? Try and grab his food bowl? I don't think I've ever heard of a dog biting a child simply because the mood struck.
Just last week, someone was telling me that a wife was getting divorced and asked a friend to hold babysit their dog while they get settled into a new living situation off-base. The owner never came back to reclaim her dog and told the friend to find it a new home. New friend did so. Less than 3 months later, the dog was back up on the facebook page looking for a new home.
I just don't understand, why are pets so disposable, especially in the military community? In my house, our pets are considered family members. I'd walk through the seven circles of Hell and back again for either of them. We have a bad rap, military spouses. And I don't know how I can advocate a change.