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Poor excuses

September 30th, 2005, 09:19 PM
I just found this and had to post it. These are some excuses people have given for abandoning their pet at a shelter. Not sure if this has been posted before but thought I would post it either way.

1. When I was dog walking at the sanctuary where I met Brandy, I saw a lovely greyhound called Honey come back after 24 hours in a new home. When asked the reason for the return the couple said that she was very gentle and nice natured but they hadn't realised until they got her home how tall she was
Elaine Hardy Sept. 1999

2. Just wanted to add the saddest excuse I've ever heard. As we were leaving our shelter the other day, this guy (older man, actually) was at the counter turning an animal in. His reason was "it's just a miserable animal".... Ok, guess what kind of animal it was... Not a cat, not a dog, it was a little budgie bird in a cage...
Jane Guild Sept. 1999

3. She's aggressive. She didn't used to mind it when my son pulled her around by her lip, but now that she's bigger she's started snapping at him

4. I found him in the kitchen (not doing anything - he just walked in there)

5. My friend gave up his beagle because his fiancée said that when they had kids SOMEDAY the kids would have an increased chance of developing asthma if there was a dog in the house. They broke up several months later and my friend was broken hearted because he had given away the dog for nothing.

6. "He stares at me and "my girl" while we're on the couch"

7. I became bored with the dog when it grew up, I want a puppy now.

8. I have a family reunion this summer and I have to get my yard in shape for it and can't do it with a dog here

9. Dog is too stupid. No matter how much we hit him he never learns.

10. He stands in front of the TV too much.

11. I took in a rescue dog. Their reason of getting rid of it, it bit the kids. They pulled the dog's teeth out with pliers. I was so mad at them!!!! The dog is now in a very loving home, where she gets the love she deserves. Thankfully, those other people can no longer own a pet.

12. I have a 2 year old Siamese who insists on sleeping with my son...up by his head. When my son isn't home she steals his socks and curls up with them and uses them as her pillow. She is altogether too attached to my son and I won't stand for it!

13. When we let her out of her crate twice a day-she jumps on us and expects too much attention.

14. Because I got caught in between a cat and a dog and the cat was small and the dog was big so I gave away the dog page. And also it had to many words that I had no Idea what they said so thats why I gave it away. Oh! Did I mention a pro wrestler said that he would kick my butt in to the middle of the next generation if I didn't!

15. "She bleeds all over when she comes in heat." This dog was brought in to be euthanised!

16. Our fourth cousins who visit once every five years can't stand him.

17. Neighbors complaints about barking resulted in 30 day notice to get rid of dog. )

18. We had to get rid of the truck the dog was chained to. (Read on a rescue website).

19. This is a woman I know and her dogs she got rid of and the one she has now-- 1-a poodle--New husband won't let me have her--had 4 years. 2-Yorkie--no time to take care of it--had 5 years 3-Shar-pei-4 years old-still have him but trying to give him away because the neighbors are complaining about him hanging out on their porches.

20. a dog that was totally perfect: the excuse was it doesn't bark! dog has since been re-homed and is barking!!

21. Sheds too much

22. Barks

23. Digs

24. Chew

25. Moving (to Florida in 2 hours)

26. Going on Vacation

27. Retiring and want to travel

28. Allergies

29. Having a baby

30. Getting married

31. Getting divorced

32. Husband doesn't like the breed (didn't like the last three of that same breed she bought and subsequently dumped either)

33. My wife is jealous of the dog and the time I spend training her

34. Boyfriend/girlfriend doesn't like

35. Has fleas

36. Not housebroken

37. Didn't know it needed all that grooming

38. Didn't know it needed all that much attention/exercise

39. Didn't know it would get so big

40. Don't have time

41. Going to college

42. It's our son's pet but he's away at school now and we don't have the time; we'll just tell him it ran away.

43. Apartment/Town home/Condo/etc. doesn't allow pets (didn't allow them when we go it either)

44. Needs room to run/roam

45. We got it for the kids but they won't take care of it.

46. Keeps running off (unfenced yard, no leash)

47. Didn't know they got so big/eat so much

48. He was a cute puppy, but now he's too big

49. Doesn't get along with our new pet

50. I don't love it anymore

51. Bought new home and dog doesn't go with new colours

52. Pet clashes with new furniture

53. Just got new furniture/carpet

54. We only had it for the kids and they're all grown up now

55. He chases the new kitten

56. She doesn't like the new puppy

57. He tracks mud all over the new carpet

58. She got lost, and we got a new one by the time she showed up at the pound, so we left her there

59. He (a twelve week old puppy) refuses to be housebroken, and we hit him every time he goes in the house. I'm worried, 'cause you can only hit a dog so much before it turns vicious, and I'm afraid it will start biting the kids.

60. She (the pet) had a nervous breakdown

61. She's seven years old now and can't make puppies anymore.

62. Too friendly

63. He keeps jumping on the kids, and the kids are now afraid of him.

64. We have a handicapped child in a wheelchair

65. We're remodeling our kitchen and didn't have time to take her to puppy class, and now she's too rowdy

66. She has seizures (allergies/hypothyroid/etc.) and we don't want to spend another penny on medication

67. It makes me sad to have her around

68. Tried to kill a collie

69. Killed a neighbor's goat - afraid she will start attacking people

70. Received as a Christmas present - can't keep

71. Daughter's dog - she went to college

72. Breeder won't take him back because we neutered him

73. She got herself pregnant - we're keeping her puppy

74. She got herself pregnant - we're keeping her kittens

75. We can't afford the vet bills

76. Pulls on the lead

77. She's turned blind

78. Doesn't like my new husband

79. Keeps breaking the chain at her dog house

80. Tears up the house when we're at work/school

81. Noisy when we're at work/school

82. Apartment management doesn't allow dogs

83. Can't find house to rent that allows dogs

84. Didn't turn out to be show quality (of course we told the breeder we wanted to buy pet quality too save money)

85. He won't stay at home, no matter how much I yell at him

86. My elderly mother keeps letting him loose

87. He's too happy

88. Drools all the time (St Bernard, Bloodhound, Mastiff)

89. We're putting the house up for sale and it won't show well with a dog.

90. We bought him/her for conformation shows and he/she didn't win (eight month old puppy)

91. Her ears won't stand. (un-cropped Dobbie bitch 5 months old.)

92. Took him to Schuntzhund, now he is too aggressive

93. Had a friend, make him a guard dog, now all he wants to do is bite people.

94. I trained him myself to be a protection dog, now he's trying to kill me

95. He rides my leg

96. He always has an erection, when company comes over, it's too embarrassing

97. He peed on the baby

98. He won't defend me! My husband beat me and the kids, and the dog ran away! (8 month old abused Rottie)

99. He makes a mess in the bathroom, every time I give him a bath

100. He gets car sick. ( wanted the dog for protecting their car, while they're shopping in Florida)

101. It wants too much attention

102. Her teeth are crooked

103. She keeps having puppies

104. She got pregnant again

105. She's a slut

106. She got raped

107. The kids keep getting poison ivy. He gets it on his fur when he runs loose in the woods, and they get rashes from touching him, so the doctor says he has to go.

108. She hunts all the time (hound, retriever)

109. She won't hunt

110. Gun shy, only shot over her that once in the yard...

111. Hyperactive

112. Eats cats

113. Eats the house

114. Bit my husband when he hit her for getting on the sofa...

115. Steals the baby's toys

116. Follows me all the time, even to the bathroom

117. Always wants to be petted

118. Stares at me

119. Bumps into my legs

120. Steals food off the counters

121. Takes my things

122. My wife hates her

September 30th, 2005, 09:23 PM
If the dog doesn't like your husband, get a new husband. (or don't marry that one)

September 30th, 2005, 10:09 PM
That's just what I was thinking... :rolleyes:

September 30th, 2005, 10:15 PM
83. Can't find house to rent that allows dogs

Personally i Dont think that is such a poor excuse.
Do you know how hard it is for renters with pets to find homes?
Almost impossible!!!

September 30th, 2005, 10:19 PM
How about "Got her for a restaurant to keep the mice out and the food inspector caught us"

September 30th, 2005, 10:23 PM
How about we are just getting her to have puppies and then we are sending her back.

October 1st, 2005, 03:25 PM
83. Can't find house to rent that allows dogs

Personally i Dont think that is such a poor excuse.
Do you know how hard it is for renters with pets to find homes?
Almost impossible!!!

I think that's kind of the point though--if you're a renter, and not in a fairly permanent location--getting a pet (dog/cat) in the first place is not a great idea if you plan to give it a permanent home. I'm not saying it's not a legitimate concern for renters, but this is an excuse that is WAY TOO COMMONLY USED and I for one do NOT think it is okay. Just my opinion.

October 1st, 2005, 05:25 PM
How about, he doesn't listen (thinks the dog was supposed to train itself)

He is sick and I don't want to pay a vet.

I brought him home (8 wk old puppy) and he whined all night.

October 1st, 2005, 05:28 PM
#12349481059-He has to be walked every day! Even in the winter! EVERY DAY?!?!?!

October 1st, 2005, 06:50 PM
How about: brought him home and he peed in the house (8 week old puppy)

October 2nd, 2005, 03:33 PM
It is sick and sad for people to give up their pets.

As for us, we are NOT holier than thou...however, we are taking our dogs from the streets of syria where I found them abused to everywhere in the world. Planes, kennels, rented houses and all.

If you cant live with your dogs, atleast live with your conscience, people.

October 2nd, 2005, 06:19 PM
LOL some of these are so #1.

86. My elderly mother keeps letting him loose
-get rid of the mother then!

28. Allergies
-get shots!

52. Pet clashes with new furniture
51. Bought new home and dog doesn't go with new colours

34. Boyfriend/girlfriend doesn't like
-think someone needs to get dumped! lol

115. Steals the baby's toys
116. Follows me all the time, even to the bathroom
117. Always wants to be petted
118. Stares at me
-aren't those some of the things that make pet owning fun?? lol gosh if my cat or guinea pig didn't give me attention for one day i think i'd get very depressed. Now my parents could miss a call one day a week and i'd be fine lol. oh and my cat follows me to the bathroom and looks very comfused when i flush the toilet hahaha

October 2nd, 2005, 08:14 PM
Always wants to be pet- I can imagine the opposite too- "Never wants affection" :rolleyes:

October 2nd, 2005, 08:55 PM
69. Killed a neighbor's goat - afraid she will start attacking people.

Although the attacking people thing is a little much, killing livestock is a fairly major thing, imo (yes, I was raised on a farm). Any farmer is well within his/her rights (legally) to shoot any dog caught chasing/attacking livestock and many do.

And since killing the first goat was soo much fun, the dog is highly likely to do it again. Sooner or later it will get caught. Best to rehome it first.

Most of the other excuses, however, are ludicrous. Frankly, those people have no right owning a dog in the first place. But, unfortunatly, they are the same types that get a new one every 2 years.

A woman I know recently rehomed her collie (2 year old) because it was appreantly too much work taking care of it as well as her kids and husband (no. nothing wrong with them. why they couldn't care for the dog is beyond me). She acted heartbroken (and you couldn't mention a dog or she'd cry) and said it's better now since it can be taken care of properly, but I just couldn't understand giving up a family member 'cause it was too much work. Either make it work or don't get the dog (or a high energy/needy breed) in the first place.

A few days ago I was talking to a young woman in a store and she noticed my ACD and said she was planning on getting a dog similar, now that she has a yard. I found out she has never raised or owned a dog before and started telling her all the bad things about ACDs so she at least goes in with an open mind.

October 2nd, 2005, 10:48 PM
to add to the above post....

My friend decided to get a puppy a while back. He's got a huge property not fenced, but he was going to have electrical fencing put in so the dog can just go and roam around.

He was just going to get the dog, go out and maybe give it attention when he felt like it. He just liked the thought of owning a dog I guess.
So this friend of mine ended up getting a golden puppy. Coincidentally enough, he had to return it to the breeder because the dog was sick, I can't remember what it was but it was pretty major. But well I find it funny how that happened. Poor dog would've had it bad either way. He didn't end up getting anotehr dog because his otehr frin talked him out of it, telling him he can't just get a dog and not give it attention. best to not get it. SO he didn't, as far as i know.

Another example is my mom's friend. They had a great doberman puppy. Oh man he was such a darling. REALLY hyper. He was really attached to his family. He took to the husband and I think the wife ended up getting jealous because they got him in summer and he was allowed to stay in the house, but as time progressed they pushed him outside. Uhh yeah the dog was living outside in winter in Ontario....well they DID make him wear a parka. Yeah they bought a parka and adjusted it to his body.
But well he was even more hyper b/c he was trying to get attention and get inside.

The wife eventually gave him away, against other family members' will. I think that added to the strain of the marriage cos the husband was really atatched to the dog.
But well I guess he's with a better family now.

maybe in some cases dogs are better off getting relocated, a chance to have a better life. Thing is, if you know you're not willing to give it love then why buy it? Perhaps most people don't know..

October 2nd, 2005, 10:54 PM
I think a lot of it is how you're raised. If you grow up with your dad calling your dog "your brother", you're more likely to respect it than if the dog is tied up outside all day.

October 3rd, 2005, 10:40 AM
I think a lot of it is how you're raised. If you grow up with your dad calling your dog "your brother", you're more likely to respect it than if the dog is tied up outside all day.

Sure. Although our family dogs were never considered to be our siblings, people raise animals the ways they were taught to (ie how their parents did). Same as people raising their kids how they themselves were raised.

Then there are the ones that 'kill with kindness'. I can't remember how many dogs I'm seen/known that needed hip surgery or have other medical problems simply because it is given free choice food and a bucketful of treats every day.

October 3rd, 2005, 11:02 AM
OMG, some people are just stupid!!! That's all I can say.

doggy lover
October 3rd, 2005, 09:18 PM
Gee if I was like those people Tucker would have gone to the animal rescue about 99 times, oh may be a little less I guess he can't be a slut. That one just killed me, give me a break. May be a stud muffin.

October 4th, 2005, 03:01 PM
These excuses just make me sick. I don't know how people in rescues do it. I think I would just lose it and possibly hit someone who gave me some of these excuses. Boy, am I glad that I have Misty, some others may have given her away a long time ago. Let's see, she is hyper, sheds, has medical problems, bark and howls. When she was a puppy, she didn't just steal baby toys, but their socks too, while they were wearing them!

I've known people who have given away their dogs because they rent and move to another place that doesn't allow them to take their dog. Our late pom was a dog that we eventually co-owned because her owner couldn't take her to her new apartment. Our cocker spaniel poodle x, Blacky, was a dog that we rescued at 6 months because his previous owner's husband didn't like his colour, so he beat him!

We've owned many dogs over the years and though they were not perfect, we never once thought of giving them up! I think too many people see pets as disposable possessions not family members who have feelings.

October 4th, 2005, 05:07 PM
That's the worst- when it isn't even the dog's fault. Like Jemma. She went through 4 homes before us, and it was never her fault. Somebody had a baby and somebody else got divorced and on and on. Poor doggy. It took her so long to trust us because she didn't know why- if we're just going to spring it on her one day, how can she be prepared?

October 4th, 2005, 05:27 PM
Its like why even get a dog when you don't even seem to like dogs? :confused: :confused:

Things like that make me realize I hate people sometimes.

My BF mom is moving to Victoria in two weeks. I just found out last night, that she can't take her dog and BF agreed that we would take care of it. I don't even want another dog. :( I would like to rehome it, but I feel uncomfortable with that. I really don't know what to do about it. The reason she says she can't take the dog, is her other son (who was given up for adoption, but recently reunited with) who she will be living with is allergic to dogs. This is a sensitive issue for me, because unlike the BF I know how to say no to my parents or tell them how it is. :mad:

October 4th, 2005, 05:29 PM
What kind of dog?

October 4th, 2005, 05:33 PM
She is a 6 year old min pin.

October 4th, 2005, 05:47 PM
Min pin, eh? Weren't you looking for another high energy dog? Or was that Lissa?

October 4th, 2005, 05:56 PM
Must of been Lissa. I don't have anymore room or money for pets at the moment (I felt I was over capacity before Salem came along, but he really needed someone to save him from certain death - what can I say I am a sucker). I will take her in though. See how it is going to work out. I am hoping that if I keep her until BF mom finds her own place, she will still want Chasse. She is only staying with her other son temporarily. I would just have to figure out how to ship dogs.

I was a little choked last night when BF told me. We really haven't discussed what will happen yet.

I will never turn her into a shelter, rescue or humane society, those people have got their hands full already.

October 4th, 2005, 06:42 PM
Min pin, eh? Weren't you looking for another high energy dog? Or was that Lissa?

Actually I was looking for a high energy small dog, too bad you're all the way across the country. Good luck finding him a new home though! :fingerscr

October 4th, 2005, 07:02 PM
"I think that's kind of the point though--if you're a renter, and not in a fairly permanent location--getting a pet (dog/cat) in the first place is not a great idea if you plan to give it a permanent home"

Keep in mind that some people come into the renting situation with pets already , be from divorces, long term relationships etc.
Also, some places renters rent allow pets, and they live there for a very long time, then for some reason, such as the owner decides to sell, they have a whole household of pets, and no place to find that will rent!

It took us a year to find a place that would rent to us with our pets.
We had pets before we started renting.
One places wouldnt rent to us because our 10lb dog might "scratch up the front door".
I think people who rent out houses/suites etc, need to calm down about pets. Lots of people have pets, and their pets do no damage to the place!
If they are concerned, why not charge a "pet damage deposit" on top of the regular dd.
Remember, not all " excuses" are greated equal, and to jump to conclusions that every renter is a poor animal owner, or shouldnt be allowed to own animals is ridiculous, and it sure cheeses my pizza alright.
Geez, go to buy a home these days and you can still run into self righteous "neighborhood committees" and "neighborhood rules" where they basically regulate the pets you have; same with mobile home parks not allowing pets. Its not just renters that get the short end of the stick sometimes.

October 4th, 2005, 07:22 PM
Actually I was looking for a high energy small dog, too bad you're all the way across the country. Good luck finding him a new home though! :fingerscr
Sorry!! I knew it was somebody... :o :o

October 4th, 2005, 09:49 PM
I just read through the list of excuses after being hospitalized for 10 days and feeling so bad for neglecting our sweet animals- Quick background we adopted a shelter pup in March when we already had a 13 yo chow mix, cat & guinea pigs. Never would have brought home the new puppy without the assumption that I would be healthy & home to exercise, train & socialize, although my kids & DH are capable, I`ve just made a commitment never to get an animal unless I`m prepared to take on all its care no matter what.

So I was feeling guilty about not being there for Lola, wondering if she might have done better in some other home in the first place. But looking at all the lame loser excuses....boy our animals are lucky, all of us here on this board. We make mistakes, some of us screw up more than once, but by golly we are all animal lovers & the ones we call family are so lucky. :grouphug: