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Pits Are For Chicks
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When I was a puppy, I entertained you with my antics and made you laugh. You called me your child, and despite a number of chewed shoes and a couple of murdered throw pillows, I became your best friend. Whenever I was "bad,"you'd shake your finger at me and ask "How could you?" -but then you'd relent, and roll me over for a belly rub. My housebreaking took a little longer than expected, because you were terribly busy, but we worked on that together. I remember those nights of nuzzling you in bed and listening to your confidences and secret dreams, and I believed that life could not be anymore perfect. We went for long walks and runs in the park, car rides, stops for ice cream (I only got the cone because "ice cream is bad for dogs," you said), and I took long naps in the sun waiting for you to come home at the end of the day.

Gradually, you began spending more time at work and on your career, and more time searching for a human mate. I waited for you patiently, comforted you through heartbreaks and disappointments, never chided you about bad decisions, and romped with glee at your home comings, and when you fell in love. She, now your wife, is not a "dog person"-still I welcomed her into our home, tried to show her affection, and obeyed her. I was happy because you were happy.

Then the human babies came along and I shared you excitement. I was fascinated by their pinkness, how they smelled, and I wanted to mother them, too. Only she and you worried that I might hurt them, and I spent most of my time banished to another room, or to a dog crate. Oh, how I wanted to love them, but I became a "prisoner of love." As they began to grow, I became their friend. They clung to my fur and pulled themselves upon wobbly legs, poked fingers in my eyes, investigated my ears, and gave me kisses on my nose. I loved everything about them and their touch-because your touch was now so infrequent-and I would have defended them with my life if need be. I would sneak into their beds and listen to their worries and secret dreams, and together we waited for the sound of your car in the driveway.

There had been a time, when others asked you if you had a dog, that you produced a photo of me from your wallet and told them stories about me. These past few years, you just answered "yes" and changed the subject. I had gone from being "your dog" to "just a dog," and you resented every expenditure on my behalf. Now, you have a new career opportunity in another city, and you and they will be moving to an apartment that does not allow pets. You've made the right decision for your "family," but there was a time when I was your only family.

I was excited about the car ride until we arrived at the animal shelter. It smelled of dogs and cats, of fear, of hopelessness. You filled out the paperwork and said "I know you will find a good home for her."They shrugged and gave you a pained look. They understand the realities facing a middle-aged dog, even one with "papers." You had to pry your son's fingers loose from my collar as he screamed "No, Daddy! Please don't let them take my dog!" And I worried for him, and what lessons you had just taught him about friendship and loyalty, about love and responsibility, and about respect for all life. You gave me a good-bye pat on the head, avoided my eyes, and politely refused to take my collar and leash with you.

You had a deadline to meet and now I have one, too. After you left, the two nice ladies said you probably knew about your upcoming move months ago and made no attempt to find me another good home. They shook their heads and asked...."How could you?"

They are as attentive to us here in the shelter as their busy schedules allow. They feed us, of course, but I lost my appetite days ago. At first, whenever anyone passed my pen, I rushed to the front, hoping it was you-that you had changed your mind-that this was all a bad dream ... or I hoped it would at least be someone who cared,..... anyone who might save me. When I realized I could not compete with the frolicking for attention of happy puppies, oblivious to their own fate, I retreated to a far corner and waited.

I heard her footsteps as she came for me at the end of the day, and I padded along the aisle after her to a separate room. A blissfully quiet room. She placed me on the table and rubbed my ears, and told me not to worry. My heart pounded in anticipation of what was to come, but there was also a sense of relief. The prisoner of love had run out of days. As is my nature, I was more concerned about her. The burden which she bears weighs heavily on her, and I know that, the same way I knew your every mood. She gently placed a tourniquet around my foreleg as a tear ran down her cheek. I licked her hand in the same way I used to comfort you so many years ago. She expertly slid the hypodermic needle into my vein. As I felt the sting and the cool liquid coursing through my body, I lay down sleepily, looked into her kind eyes and murmured "How could you?" Perhaps because she understood my dogspeak, she said "I'm so sorry."She hugged me, and hurriedly explained it was her job to make sure I went to a better place, where I wouldn't be ignored or abused or abandoned, or have to fend for myself-a place of love and light so very different from this earthly place.

And with my last bit of energy, I tried to convey to her with a thump of my tail that my "How could you?" was not directed at her. It was you, My Beloved Master, I was thinking of. I will think of you and wait for you forever. May everyone in your life continue to show you so much loyalty. The End

A note from the author: If "How Could You?" brought tears to your eyes as you read it, as it did to mine as I wrote it, it is because it is the composite story of the millions of formerly owned pets who die each year in American and Canadian animal shelters. Please use it to help educate, on your websites, in newsletters, on animal shelter and vet office bulletin boards. Tell the public that the decision to add a pet to the family is an important one for life, that animals deserve our love and sensible care, that finding another appropriate home for your animal is your responsibility and any local humane society or animal welfare league can offer you good advice, and that all life is precious. Please do your part to stop the killing, and encourage adoption


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Bitch Noone Wanted
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EVERYTIME I read this I bawl, omg How could people do this, a pet is a life long commitment, you don't just get rid of it cause it doesn't suit you, this pains me so much and now I am crying over all the animals that have to go thru this. RIP to you all, I only wish there were more people in the world who had hearts.

Thanks for posting this Hooly, I do think it should be a sticky.
 

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Its unfortunate but true. Too many people get dogs (or any pet) because their kids want one or for any other "wrong" reason including "in the moment"... Sure its fun at first but eventually you move on, getting married, longer work hours, kids get bored, etc and whos left behind?

I have made it a point to spend as much time as i can with my dogs and i enjoy every moment. When i was younger i would "sneak" outside and nap with our dog(s).. Mom still has some pictures i think when i was 8 or 9 with my arm around one of our dogs. As i grew up i had a social life but i still found more "comfort" in being with a dog than most other activities. No judgements, no fights, just raw and pure form of love. Thats one thing i love about animals is theres no pretending, they are who they are. No front, no strings, no lies pure honesty. If anything we should all learn from our own dogs or at least attempt to.

I would rather work my dogs, or just "hang out" or any activity that includes my dogs than go out to a bar or do this or that. I'm fortunate im with someone that can understand and relate to that.

I talk a lot about how dogs need purposes, which i am a firm believer in such however i think it is also important to view dogs (or any pet) as part of the family... At least to some extent.

But theres always the flip side. Over population for instance. As sad is it is PTS has to happen, breeders need to cull, etc etc. I have no problem letting some dogs die to save a baby, im no PETA loving hippie and the point i make is while there are those out there that don't care for their dogs the way they need to, there are also those that take it too far.

Its not the dogs fault for being put in a shelter, or being left for dead and these stories happen too frequently and are sad... However in the end of the day its life.
 

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I would rather spend my time with my dog then anyone else.....except my daughter ;) I make it a point to exercise my dog every day. I don't think its fair to keep a dog chained in a yard or stuck in house all the time. My neighborhood is filled with these kinds of owners. They get a dog for there kids and don't do jack poop with them!! My neighbors dogs hardly ever see outside there yards or windows. So sad....
 

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I would rather spend my time with my dog then anyone else.....except my daughter ;) I make it a point to exercise my dog every day. I don't think its fair to keep a dog chained in a yard or stuck in house all the time. My neighborhood is filled with these kinds of owners. They get a dog for there kids and don't do jack poop with them!! My neighbors dogs hardly ever see outside there yards or windows. So sad....
Well theres a difference between chaining a dog properly and just chaining a dog and leaving them.
 

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Work them Pet Bulls!
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Well theres a difference between chaining a dog properly and just chaining a dog and leaving them.
I know that. I just didnt get into all that ;)
 

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Oh my.. What a great, sad, true story! It gave me goosebumps!
Thank you for posting it, was the first time I have seen it..

Its reality, yes,, but its time to start culling people again :)
 

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HJ, I am in total agreeance with cullin humans instead of animals :D
 

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Man Holly thanks for the pick me up on this beautiful Monday morning. I cry everytime I read that. I hold my dog closer and for some odd reason I attempt to send up a little message to whatever is out there to watch over the animals.
 

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So true and it's so sad. :-(((
 

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This made me cry... I can never understand peoples logic in getting rid of pets or change their feelings towards them once they leave their puppy stage... though the beginning part made me wonder if I was doing damage to my dogs by getting them the occasional mcdonalds ice cream cone o.o
 

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OMG that is so sad :( That made me think of my dads dog Earl :( 4 years old, well behaved, and trained very very well. Poor boy sat in the shelter for months waiting for his owner to come but he never did. Then he went to adoption and sat there with no luck, till his last day when we came and got him. :(
 

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HJ, I am in total agreeance with cullin humans instead of animals :D
amen! sick of absolute curs who cant even take care of themselves, then get a dog...
 

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What gets me is that when this happens you get all these people blaming the shelters for the killing. NO for starters it the people who brought these animals into the world and then the people that decide to bring an animal into their home are then responsibly for that animals life!

Shelters do what they can however large numbers have to be killed for reasons like health, temperament, space, ect.. this all adds up and many animals are lost due to peoples irresponsibility yet somehow the blame goes to the shelter.

Its to convenient that people think they can just send their dog to a shelter and it will find a home, because its a "good" dog. Sadly thats just not how life works, when you decide you don't want your pet anymore.
 

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zohawn, I would rather cull people as I said :D

Holly you are soooo right. is so sad that people can't be more responsible, you wouldn't do this with your child.
 

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What gets me is that when this happens you get all these people blaming the shelters for the killing. NO for starters it the people who brought these animals into the world and then the people that decide to bring an animal into their home are then responsibly for that animals life!

Shelters do what they can however large numbers have to be killed for reasons like health, temperament, space, ect.. this all adds up and many animals are lost due to peoples irresponsibility yet somehow the blame goes to the shelter.

Its to convenient that people think they can just send their dog to a shelter and it will find a home, because its a "good" dog. Sadly thats just not how life works, when you decide you don't want your pet anymore.
alot of it is byb too. just throw a pup to anyone with money, not caring for the legacy. some breeds arent for everyone and placement is just as important as confirmation, drive and temperment.

i guess the problem is multifaceted with a bunch of parties to blame. overall i think its absolute lack of respect for what people bing into the world/their home.i understand financial issues spring up etc etc. but the shelters are way to full for these off-chance things to have happened to them all.

i wanted to say something in this thread too because i think it applies even though slightly offtopic. im very greatful for not only the breeders on this site but the good guys/gals in general still producing the greatest dogs they can. we wouldnt have what we do if it wasnt for you. im sure its alot more work than return and alot of times thankless. if you breed the APBT you can be proud, its one of the only breeds america does right and we do it DARN right!
 
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