interestingly enough i have had 2 similar emails lately regarding dogs needing (?) to come to saints. both incontinents, both with pain issues, both with problems too big for their families to manage. and both with the very same heartfelt plea..."you are the answer to my prayer..."
and what did they pray for?
a place to send their animal where he/she will be well loved, well cared for, medically well managed and easily accessable for visiting anytime that they wish.
ooops, sorry you got the wrong number. this rescue is not about cleaning up the pee and poop from your dog, worrying about his/her happiness, every moment of the day, bankrupting ourselves to provide medical care so he/she feels well and you can enjoy an occasional visit because you love him/or her so much.
both dogs because of their untreated pain issues, i agreed to take..neither person has gotten back to me since i dropped the "no further contact" bombshell.
i actually don't have this rule just to be mean..i am not trying to hurt you or the dog. but the bottom line is...if this is your dog, then take very good care of him/or her...if this is our dog, then we will take very good care of him or her...but this cannot ever be...our dog...i do the work, i carry the burden and you get the feel warm and fuzzy and most times teary "i love you SO much" a few times a year.
that is not respectful or fair to either the dog or me. dogs do not like trying to live 2 lives at the same time...they don't visit the past very often because god made them smarter than that. whatever their life today is...be it wonderful or full of unrelieved pain (please give old dogs medication for painful joints, backs and hips on a regular, routine and committed basis!)...anyway...they live that life now, at this moment, the best that they can. and for me, while i can take on the burden of another animal's needs here and there...i am not able to fulfill human needs....why? because i don't rescue people...i rescue their pets.
i assume neither of these dogs are coming now since the family will not be allowed to tag along..and while i worry that the dogs are not being medically cared for...there are plenty of others here and now that i need to worry about more.
have i mentioned lately that i have been thinking about retirement and trying to figure out what that means to me?...i am thinking it means no more emails and phone calls saying god has told me to contact you because you will make everything ok for me.
not likely...god must have meant some other carol (one who is really nice but kind of stupid)....sorry, you got the really wrong number in that answer to your prayer.