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Why do people get dogs if they can't (won't) take care of them?
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I’m sorry to vent here, but I know that ALL of you will understand my frustration …

Reed’s 11 year old was visiting us this weekend and told me about his “puppy” (no idea how old she is) getting run over by his mom. Apparently, the pup darted out into the driveway and his mom didn’t see/have time enough to react and ended up running over the dog’s leg. Oh no!!!

I asked if she was okay and he told me that she had some cuts on her leg – it’s a gravel driveway – but is doing ok. I asked when it happened (about a week ago) and if she was still limping. He told me, “No, she’s not limping. She’s still holding it up but not as high so she’s probably getting better.”

Are you KIDDING ME?!?

I didn’t dare ask if she’d been to a vet – I know the answer – and it was all I could do to not berate his mom for being a horrible dog owner/person in general. This is the THIRD dog (that I know of) that has met some horrible fate under their care. One wandered off, never to be found again, another died from a snake bite and now this. KEEP YOUR DOG INSIDE. Better yet, don’t get any more dogs and give up the ones you have!!!

I am certain that I’m even more sensitive to this as I’m having an increasingly hard time without Izzy but COME ON!! 

I know that I didn’t realize Izzy had broken her leg until a week or so later because she barely limped and hadn’t suffered any obvious trauma. But to run over a dog’s leg and let it hop around for a week? UGH!

Sorry, this kind of thing just infuriates me. And makes me want to cry. All in one. what-ever

Momma to the world's most beautiful American Bulldog, Izzy!! Lost her front leg to OSA 9/18/15. Diagnosed w MCT in June 2016. Celebrated her 1 year ampuversary with knee surgery on 9/18/16! MCT recurrence in Dec 2016. Happy & hungry til nearly 14, earning her wings on 7/31/17.

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My Tess’ front leg was broken in two places while in the care of her former owners and NEVER SET BY A VET.   It was crooked, but fortunately healed strongly.   My vet said that there was no way her owners could not have known – the pain would have been horrible.  I can’t help but think that they caused the injury.   So glad they gave her up, but sorry it was a year later!

Otis - 106 pound lab/Dane mix, lost his right front leg to osteosarcoma on Febuary 9, 2016.  Four rounds of carboplatin completed in April, 2016.  Lung mets August 25, 2016.  Said goodbye too soon on September 4, 2016.   Lost his adopted sister, Tess, suddenly on October 9, 2016. likely due to hemangiosarcoma.  

Wherever they are, they are together.

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That’s pretty much the reason why I can only work for rescue organizations from afar. I would probably end up shooting people. Even ‘just’ the two abandoned rabbits I had to rescue the other day… that situation, the gall of people drove me SO mad!! To not even have the balls to take your pets to a shelter if you don’t want them anymore is not comprehensible to me- AT ALL! 

People are the real animals. There are not many people I know that are worth more than any of the animals I’ve encountered in my life. 

Guardian of Manni the Wonderdog. -Or was it the other way around?
Osteo and amputation in Dec 2015. Second, inoperable, primary osteosarcoma found in June 2017.
The end of our adventures came Dec 10, 2017. 2 years to the day.

Manni's blog -dogblog-

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