I my wife’s room in Carson City there is a sign that reads, ‘Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from bad judgement.’ This last week I got a big dose of experience.
As you may recall, several months ago we thought our dog was dying. That may still be true, but it is not an immanent event. After a string of events that included Mary being on the business end of the dog’s mouth (no injuries), we decided to investigate giving the dog away.
That being said, it was a very difficult decision. Certainly one we did not enter into lightly. The key point to understand was that we did not decide to give the dog away, but to investigate giving the dog away. We also agreed that the end result of whatever we did could not result in the dog being put down. If that was want we wanted I could just take to the vet right now and be done with it.
After some work we found three options:
We were able to rule out the first two quickly. They would take Cassie and put her up for adoption, but if no one claimed her after five days she would be put down.
For the family option, we asked some friends with no luck. Then I decided to post an ad on Craigs List. Enter the poor judgement.
I put up a picture of our dog with a brief note about her and why we were looking for a new home for her. The note basically read that we could not give her the kind of love she deserved. I also mentioned the three children and her age, condition and such. Then I put that we had bedding, supplies and that I would offer $100 for set-up costs.
Here are some of the e-mails I got:
You have a heart of iron. Your children will not turn out well.
PLEASE DO NOT offer money to people to take your 14 year old dog!!!!My God do you really think someone wants a 14 year old dog? They will take the money and dump the dog a few miles from your house.I can not believe anyone could be so cruel. The dog would be better off dead than in the hands of someone who would take the dog for money.Please, at least contact Cocker Spaniel Rescue.This is the most heartless post I have ever seen on. Some creepy person has just been waiting for someone like you to take advantage of. You can’t possibly be that naive to think someone will want an old dog. They only want the $100. They should be giving you $100. Take the dog to the vet and spend $100 to have him put down!How can you give up your dog in his elder years? All he really wants is a warm place to be and enough food to eat but that is too much for you??Take him to the vet and have him put down! Unlike you he will miss you and probably die wondering where his family has gone.PLEASE do not do this to your poor friend.
why not just have the poor thing put down at the vet someone will just come get the money and the dog and dump the dog and make some money please rethink your choices