Sunday, December 19, 2010

I Hate People

Err... maybe that title deserves a bit of clarification because, yes, I'm a loner. I don't like the company of many people. But that has more to do with my own perceived inadequacies. I guess what I mean to say is... I hate people who are mean to animals.

As I was driving to the creek this morning, pondering a blog post to be entitled "What Won't I Do for My Dog?" - I saw something that made me sad and then MAD!

It's been pouring rain for days and I drove past a house - one of our many "cabins" in this area that has the poured concrete four step front porch. And on that uncovered step was dog bedding, soaked to the core. And on that bed, also soaked to the core, was a German Shepherd, curled with his nose tucked under his hind leg so that at least one part of him was dry.

I drove past the house slowly... hoping to see a dog house, a lean-to, a canopy, something ANYTHING to keep him dry. But there was none.

I tried to rationalize that the dog was merely on a pee break and was waiting so patiently for his humans to let him in But when I drove back by an hour later, he was still there.

And so I hate people. I hate people who don't know enough about dogs to understand their pack mentality -That to shut them out from their people who they pack with is to cut them off emotionally. I hate people who view their dogs solely as an accessory. I hate people that don't understand their dogs need shelter just as much as they do. I hate his people.

It makes me want to open their gate and put him in my car and never look back. But that's not reasonable or practical. I can barely afford the dog I have... you know, the spoiled princess? The one who would never forgive me for bringing another into HER abode?

But I'm watching. I have to wonder how much good groups like the ASPCA can do... Our shelters are overcrowded and the dirty little secret of L.A. animal control is that they put thousands of dogs down every year because they can't place them. Is this dog better off because at least he is fed? It would kill me to know I made a phone call that ended in his death. 

I have no answers...just anger and sadness. 


Miss Mabel is pawing at my chair to remind me to please please wish her real life Uncle J in Baton Rouge a HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY! 


♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

How very sad. As we have pawed so many times before, some humans just don't deserve to have a furry.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Mango said...

Oh that makes me so mad too. And it is frustrating because, yes, there is only so much organizations can do by law. And I think there are so many cases. I don't understand why people have dogs if they don't want them to be part of the family. The poor things. I have a neighbor whose two German Shepherds live in the garage. Well, at least it is out of the weather, but one wonders why he even has them. Just breaks my heart to think of that poor guy out in the rain. I'm off to give the boys extra hugs.

You know, my husband finally said he'd had it with Mango's bed in the living room. Can't say I blame him due to the size that takes up a HUGE space, but just having him go into the next room to snooze makes me feel sad. I want my pups close by.

Mango Momma

rottrover said...

I know that house. I always see that beautiful shepherd out there :-(

CreekHiker / HollysFolly said...

OP - Well said! And so true!

Mango - I'm giggling because with it raining so, Mabel's outdoor beds get soaked and she only goes outside to potty. So I bring them in to keep them dry... My living room is wall to wall beds at them moment! I just step on them and keep going. She is loving having a bed so close to my favorite chair.

Rott - it's on your way home - I'm certain you know where that is! I've been so sad thinking about it all day!

Priscilla said...

Oh that is such sad news to hear.
That dog deserves a better home and life!

kissa-bull said...

we see alot of dogs like this in our neighborhood and it makes our mommish sad when its really cold outside and or raining,mommish as a wittle girl use to love the cold weather but no hates it because all she can think about is the poor furrys wiffout any shelter. it keeps her up at night knowing she cant take em all in.

sad woos
the pittie pack

the booker man said...

OP pack is right...some people just do not deserve to have an animal! that poor german shepherd. :(
there is a person in my neighborhood who has 2 dogs who continually escape from the backyard...the person never comes looking for them...the dogs don't even have tags. sometimes they follow me around when i'm walking asa and booker, and i always think about just taking them home one day. it makes me angry and sad.

the booker man and asa's mama