for nicola (and anyone else wanting to help this dog...)
Carol · Jul. 11, 2012
charm is at surrey animal control...he is a cute looking, partially blind/deaf. senior shitz?/terrier.
i don't know anything else about him.
the only thing that i ask folks to keep in mind when helping someone like charm to find a good place to go is this....please be careful about jumping for seemingly fairy tales for these kind of dogs.
i just found out recently more of the history behind the cruelty seizure of my own beloved june. i knew she came from a hoarder and was living in deplorable conditions...what i did not know was how she got there and where she had originally come from.
apparently june was taken by her original family into a vet clinic for euthanization due to human aggression (so now i know her original family was totally clueless.) the clinic did not want to kill a beautiful and healthy young dog who was obviously terrified of humans so they put the word out and tried to find a good place for her. along came her savior..a kind and dog loving person and i am sure the clinic was so grateful to this person for coming and saving her. except...this person was a hoarder...dog loving yes, kind and generous to a fault but completely unable to provide a decent or appropriate quality of life for a vulnerable, at high risk dog.
benny ended up in the same place, his family gave him away to the same kind and dog loving person that eventually had all of the animals seized for cruelty and neglect.
and then there are the kind hearted people who innocently get in over their heads...they see some poor messed up senior, sitting and shaking in a shelter cage and jump to their rescue but are totally unprepared...for mountain of vet bills...for issues like biting or incontinence. they thought the dog was so adorably sad that either he/she would be easy to look after or that he/she would be a cinch to find a permanent kind hearted home. and when they get stuck for too long with too much..the dog starts getting bounced around from place to place like some kind of k9 yoyo.
be esp. careful of rescues..(like saints)..that help many animals cuz maybe we have too many and are not meeting their needs very well.
so here is my word of caution when helping helpless animals...do not believe in fairy tales. be cynical, be untrusting...look for those solid gold folks who know how to follow thru...do not believe in sappy rescue stories or warm and fuzzy webpages, not mine or anyone elses. personally check them thoroughly out to make sure because once you get involved in an animal's life and eventual placement, you do hold some of the responsibility for what happens next to them too.
lots of soft hearted people LOVE animals..doesn't mean much of anything unless they can and will commit to whatever walks thru their door AND will care for them well no matter what.
looking for quicky fairy tales can be extremely dangrous for some helpless animals.
geez...you guys are probably wondering...who peed in my corn flakes today?...no one. i have just learned somethings the hard way....sorry.
Morning! D Gibson here again -- the one that took in a half blind/deaf terrier mix about a month ago. By the way he's a doll and life is great for all of us. It actually is a happy ending.
But I wanted to share a funny "rescue" story with you guys and Carol to perhaps get a chuckle.
About a year ago I fostered a cat through the Rescue I'm involved with. It was an adult male and I hated him! He would rub on you sweet as pie then take a chunk out of your arm with no notice. I had him in a guest room and to enter to feed him I'd put on long pants, shoes and sweatshirt so I had no skin showing for him to bite. Of course he was not adoptable and I was terrified I couldn't get rid of him. The head of my rescue said "well let's think about this and try to find a solution". Honestly I would have happily taking this monster to animal control; but I'd made a commitment so that was out of the question.
I contacted a barn rescue who agreed to take this demon on the condition I'd take a cat from her. So in trade we got a sweet beautiful white angora cat that was adopted from us very quickly. And the monster I hated was immediately placed in a barn in Southlake, Texas. This is an area with multi-million dollar equestrian estates. HA HA That cat went to live in a better zip code than i will ever see; and the family said they wanted him because they wanted a cat with spunk!!!
You just gotta keep the faith things will work out if you work hard enough and use your imagination.