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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

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


Blogger B said...

Darlin, I know your having a hard time--bless you for hanging in there and we'll pray that God will send an angel to take up residence in your house to watch over all of you. We all know there are NUTCASES born everyday--and along with their birth comes the path of bad decisions and passive destruction that ensues. BUT!!! You have done the right thing at all turns, and Hunter is the better for it. Though valium would probably be a welcome commodity for you right about now, KEEP YOUR CHIN UP and remember that the Pet Clan is here to support you, Hunter, and the rest of your brood. God Bless and keep all of you---and give you the strength not to draw back and knock the p*ss out of the previous owners.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007 7:55:00 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

I can't believe that woman is still emailing you about it! Now that you got the vet record thing over, I hope you IGNORE her if she ever tries to contact you again. Good grief! I hope she doeesn't have your phone number! And if she does contact you, I'd tell her off BIG TIME and tell her that she better quit bothering you.

Reminds me of when I found Zoe running in the middle of the road with a McDonald's bag in her mouth. I took her home, put an ad in the paper (paid for one so I could include details, rather than the free ad), made a found dog report to all animal rescues. Nothing. Took her to vet, grommer,kept her. Long story short, the previous "owner" found out she was here and wanted her back! Didn't thank me, didn't ask how she was, didn't offer to reimburse me. That told me she was an idiot and Zoe wans't going anywhere.

She sent a Sheriff's deputy to the house, nasty lawyer letter full of BS saying I stole the dog and would be charged with criminal theft because the dog was on her property. HA. She doens't own the highway. She didn't know who she was dealing with, someone who knew the law as far as all the things that happened. When I asked why she didn't even bother LOOKING in the lost and found ads, she said, "we just thought she ran off and got killed." How friggin insane is that? I had to keep Zoe in the house because I thought she'd come and steal her. She didn't even have a picture of Zoe to prove she was hers.

After I told her I would gladly go to court and spend whatever it took and that the law and what happened was on my side, she finally dropped it. That was about 9 years ago. Zoe is happy I "stole" her.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007 11:05:00 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

Remember Adrienne, if she tries to contact you again just threaten harasment charges and let her know you're willing to give all the info on the fears you ahve for any animals in thier home! That should shut her up once and for all. But maybe you're rid of her now. I qorry about that poor other dog though. Is there any way you can rea;te your worry about it to your vet and they can maybe get some more info on it for you? It's worth a shot in case the other dog is in danger of being put down. Poor little thing!

And Sandy, Zoe got so lucky that YOU were the one who found him!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, August 01, 2007 1:05:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

What a beautiful family portrait! I am so happy to see Hunter and his new loving furry siblings all happy together! Now, just where do the Foreman and Adrienne sit on the couch??? LOL…

Oh Adrienne, Bless you for having to deal with all of this stress! And to think, that crazy nut has reproduced children! Arggg, what a wonderful example she is being for her darling offspring! Yeah Right, NOT! Scary thoughts in my mind as to how the children will turn out in years to come…

I am guessing that the new dog, bit the child due to not knowing the kid and the kid squeezing him too tightly! I would bite too if you squeeze me and I hardly know you! (Well at my age, I guess I would take any squeezing I can get… ha ha)

The only suggestions I have for you in dealing with this nut case is… Get yourself a notebook. Write down line by line what you would like to really say to this woman’s face… If she contacts you again, then let her have it! Don’t take any excuses in her warped head as to why it seems to be okay for her to continue to bring dogs into her home and abuse them! Let her know that her home is not animal friendly and she should not ever have another dog nor a cat (can you imagine the damage a cats claws could do to a child while being put in a squeeze hold?) in her house! Go on to let her know that not even a pet mouse will do for her… The mouse deserves better!

She sounds like a total nut case that only wants to PLEASE little junior by getting him a dog! Not every kid in this world needs a pet if the family is not suited and cannot seem to take proper care of the thing! You cannot just bring a pet into the house and expect it to be a PET that loves you from the get go! Look at what Brett and Jeremy had to go through in order to get Hines adjusted in their home and they have a great loving animal friendly home! The kid forced himself on the dog and the dog did not want that. He needed time to adjust and now, the poor dog may be put down, Soooo wrong....

Tell that nutty woman the only pets she needs to bring into her home around her kids would be a pet rock or one of those robot pets!

Sandy, I am glad you stuck to your guns and claimed Zoe! If not for you, Zoe would have gone to the Rainbow Bridge a long time ago!

When we took the girls (strays) to the Vet for the first time, we said we did not know who they belonged to but we wanted to get them shots and fixed. That is when the Vet stopped us and said, “They belong to YOU!” The rest is history…

Wednesday, August 01, 2007 1:58:00 PM  
Blogger B said...

Here's a thought--do you know if Cruella Devil actually has another dog and a mauled son? Was it just a ploy to get Hunter back for her brats? Hello! Koo koo for co co puffs!!!!!

Wednesday, August 01, 2007 2:06:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

I would like to dunk her in a bowl of milk alright!

Wednesday, August 01, 2007 2:11:00 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

Sad to say that she does have a cat. She told us that she had to get the cat declawed b/c she was distructive and scratching her kids. She complained that the cat just hides most days. I can't blame her. I would hide too.

My mother wanted to send her a nasty email too, but I just think it's better not to respond to her at all. If she continues, than I will let her have it.

Skeeter, the funny picture would have been the one before I could reach the camera. It was all the dogs on the couch, but Hunter was in my lap. God for bid that we should be allowed on OUR furniture. HA!

Wednesday, August 01, 2007 5:56:00 PM  
Blogger k9rescue said...

Well, isn't this the perfect topic for what I have to vent about. We safely got Dollar out of his "home" today. You'll be happy to know he was heartworm NEGATIVE. Truly a miracle! Anyway, can you believe the "owner" had the NERVE to ask us to put the new owner in touch with her so she knows how Dollar is doing??? AND, she cried when he left. REAL tears. It just goes to show that people "love" in very, very strange (and CRUEL) ways. I will never understand it. The volunteer said the dog was absolutely BURNING up (it was 97 degrees today) & his water was DISGUSTING. Even the vet's office said they felt SO bad for him. His back end will need to be shaved it is so matted.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007 11:39:00 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

AS IF you would tell the new owner to "get in touch" with her. I don't think it's love at all, but guilt. Is anyone THAT stupid?

Wednesday, August 01, 2007 11:47:00 PM  
Blogger B said...

YAAAAYYYY Dollar is safe and sound!!! YAAAAYYY!!! Another fuzzy out of the fire and into the fluff. GOD BLESS Animal rescue, the Humane Society, and all the work that went into getting him there! We can pass over crazy former pet owners with the knowledge that theres a nother success story to be told!!!!! Did anyone get any pictures of Dollar after he was cleaned and shaved? SANDY-this is a success story I would love to hear all the details on!!!

Thursday, August 02, 2007 9:16:00 AM  
Blogger k9rescue said...

Dollar arrived safely in his new home tonight. This woman is a Godsend. She works with extra large dogs all the time through a few different rescue groups. She is going to foster him until the perfect home comes along. I don't have any pictures yet of him after his bath, but the Clarksville to Cookeville transport guy did take some & said he'd be emailing them to me. Here's the update I got from his foster mom: "Dollar is home now, and settling in.... He did real well with initial introductions,,, and considering that coming here is like running the gauntlet,,, I was pretty impressed.....! He has already been "rubbed" by our resident greeter cat,, and met most of the dogs large and small..... I didn't give anyone too much opportunity to get an attitude,,, but they did meet. He was a wonderful passenger,, had to tell him a couple times not to lick,, and he minded. It's interesting seeing all the opinions of his breed.... the vet paperwork says Mastiff mix.... I'd put money on there being some Newfie in there.... but he's beautiful,, and still nicer to people than they've been to him!!
I'll keep you posted on our first few days..."

Thursday, August 02, 2007 10:39:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Thank God Dollar is safely away from his terrible situation! Please do keep us updated on him. Bless his sweet little heart, oh and thank God he is heartworm free too,yeaaa!

Friday, August 03, 2007 2:34:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

P.S. That poor poor cat Adrienne, no wonder it hides, we all need to say some prayers for it to be rescured too!

Friday, August 03, 2007 2:35:00 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

AGGGGG!!!! THIS IS IT!!! THAT STUPID WOMAN SENT ME ANOTHER EMAIL! She doesn't understand why I haven't emailed her back. I guess I have to pull b*tch out tonight and let her have it. I haven't been feeling very good today and spent most of the day sleeping. This is the last thing I wanted to deal with. I guess nothing gets solved unless you pull your head out of the sand. I'll let you know how it ends!

Friday, August 03, 2007 6:18:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Let her Have it Adrienne!
You go girl....

Friday, August 03, 2007 7:34:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

And see if you can get her to give her poor cat away to someone who will give it a good home as well! She doesn't deserve to have a pet and that poor cat doesn't deserve the kind of life it's lliving with having to stay hidden from that brat all the time! Go get her Adrienne!

Saturday, August 04, 2007 8:08:00 AM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

She will not be giving the cat away. She went and adopted a 6 week old kitten from the shelter. She thought it would fill the void she has for Hunter.

I was to the point this time and told her that I want no furher contact with her and that if she continues to contact us, I will contact local authorities and have charges brought against her. I told her that we have no intentions of giving Hunter back after the horible treatment he sustained in her care and that if she had an ounce of compasion she would stop bringing animals into that kind of a situation. I also told her that I hope the other dog doesn't have to be put down because of her selfish stupitity. And that if she was smart enough she would have known that an older dog needs more time to adjust to a new situation and that he was probably only defending himself from her child. Hunter is happy and has adjusted well to HIS family and is learning what it is like to live a good life not confined to a kennel.

She did not reply, so we'll see how long this lasts.

Saturday, August 04, 2007 9:04:00 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

Poor kitten! We for sure need to pray for it! Just wait till it scratches or bites her kid and we all know thats what kittens do even when playing. They will blame the cat and want to give it away. I just hope they don't hurt it for hurting thier kid, stupid people! Is the kitten the same one she was talking about hiding or is this another one? If it's another one then they both need our prayers to get a different loving home!

Saturday, August 04, 2007 4:11:00 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

This is another one. The first cat is a couple of years old. She got this one a few days ago. This was her way of filling the Hunter void. It's just and excuse to torture another animal.

Saturday, August 04, 2007 10:57:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

This may be just plan old mean to say but that woman is just full of stupid! For one thing shr probably regards animals as "just animals" and "something you own" not a feeling, inosent creature God created that deserves love and attention. Oh if only we could convince these kinds of people what better treatment animals deserve and need! Will say a prayer for the two cats she has.

Sunday, August 05, 2007 3:07:00 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Adrienne, that idiot sounds just like the woman I had to deal with over Zoe. Pretending she was so in love with her, when she didn't even CHECK the lost and found ads or put one of her own in! There's more, but the real reason for such behavior is that you are showing her up and she knows that SHE did not care for the dog as you are. That makes them want to show how "wonderful" and "caring" they are. Let us know if she contacts you again, and if she does, you SHOULD call the law on her!

Monday, August 06, 2007 12:05:00 AM  

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Sandy Britt, an animal welfare advocate and volunteer with Clarksville rescue organizations, takes care of three dogs: Zoe, Scooter and Peanut; two cats: Catfish and Tarzan; and one husband, Glen, and according to him she takes care of them in that order.

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