Harsh Thoughts for Bad Pet People ~ By Adrienne
So the other day I posted a rather harsh comment about the Dear Abby article and I thought it would be a good topic to discuss further.
By now most of you know about Hunter's past before he came to live with us. As some of you also know his past owner continued to email me about him and I finally had to tell her to stop. In my ignorance I did not block her email since it has been a few weeks since she tried to contact us. But last weekend she sent me another email and it sent me over the edge. But before I get to that let me tell you all the latest problem. When we got Hunter, we were given a bottle of ear solution that was from a vet. So I called the vet and requested that they send me a copy of his records for our vet. They wouldn't release them without the previous owners permission, so I emailed her requesting that she call them and tell them it was OK for us to have them and I wanted a copy of his rabies certificate as well. I had even made it easy for her and given the vet all our information so she wouldn't have to. What I didn't realize was that by asking her to do that, I would be getting more information than I was prepared for. She first thought I was insulting her by questioning her care of Hunter. I told her it had nothing to do with that, all I was trying to do was provide our vet with a complete medical history. She responds by telling me that the reason he had to be seen by her vet was that she had sold him to somebody else prior to us and that person couldn't handle him and he was returned to her with an ear infection and malnourished. She told me that she had no intention of telling us this, but since we pressed for his vet records she felt like she had no choice. She thought that because she had given us all his stuff including his rabies tag, it was enough. When she emailed me a copy of the certificate, it had the other person's information on it. So now I had to get that information transferred to us as well. AGGG! At the end of all this she had the nerve to ask me if she found another St. Bernard, would we be willing to trade and give Hunter back to her. UMM NO!
So last weekend out of the blue I get this email from her requesting pictures of Hunter and wanting to know how he is doing. She then proceeds to tell me that they adopted a 4 year old male golden and that he had to go back that same night they brought him home. She said her youngest son was on the floor with the dog and wrapped his arms around him and he attacked his hand causing him to go to the emergency room for stitches. He may also need to have surgery on his finger because a tendon was nicked in the bite. So she called the people and told them to come get the dog. Now the dog is being assessed for aggression and may have to be put down. My thought is this... Based on Hunter and how he acted when we brought him home, I wouldn't be surprised if her son had done something to provoke the dog, not to mention the fact that he was is a strange place and a little stressed out. She said that he had never had any aggression issues before and couldn't understand why he lashed out. Now she feels it was a mistake to get rid of Hunter and are we sure we don't want to give him back. She is afraid that they will never be able to have another dog again because her son is afraid. GOOD! People like that should never own a dog! I wish I could contact the other dogs owners and tell them about hunter, but I refuse to contact her further. I will not email her back or send her any pictures. I am having our vet request a copy of his records to get around her and all his other paper work has been transferred into our name.
I attached a picture of Hunter with a new favorite toy and a new family photo. He has really come out of his shell and is such a happy dog. I feel so bad for that other dog, but glad that we were able to save Hunter from possibly the same fate.
posted by Adrienne at 7/31/2007 08:39:00 PM