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craigslist Ad: Great Dane Mix Puppy To Good Home
Odie is a 3-month-old Great Dane mix. I got him off a person here on craigslist a couple weeks ago, and I soon found out that he just tramples my two young kids. The last owner won't call back, and I don't want to take him to the shelter because he is a good dog. NO REHOMING FEE. JUST COME GET HIM. MY DAUGHTERS WILL THANK YOU. :-0)
971-388-xxxx - Justin
What’s wrong? Gee, let me count the ways:
1) Not thinking ahead
2) Not using common sense
3) Not having a commitment to the puppy he just adopted
4) Not following through with his obligation to the pup by investing in a trainer’s help
5) Not resisting the temptation – no matter how inconvenient – to dump the pup ASAP (appears to be first come/first served and PS… please hurry!)
And… I will bet ANY amount of money he will not do ANY of the things necessary to insure the new owner/home is a good one, such as conducting an interview and a home check and verifying the new owner can afford a dog and is allowed to have one where he or she is living. (Many craigslist pet posts are from people saying, “Need a new home for our new dog of one week. Landlord says NO PETS!”)
6) Not protecting the puppy by requiring a re-homing fee. (Studies show that pets people pay for are treated better and kept longer than pets that are free, plus a fee prevents “bunchers” from taking a free dog and selling it to research or idiots using it to bait fighting dogs.)
7) Not paying any attention whatsoever to the puppy’s needs – bouncing him from home to home, treating him like he has no sensitivities at all – like he’s nothing more than a couch or a chair
8) Not teaching his children that pets are NOT disposable, even when adults make stupid decisions
Did I miss anything?
BTW: I wonder…. I JUST wonder… If the person BEFORE him had required a re-homing fee, done an interview and home visit, checked him out AT ALL, CARED at all… if…
1) He or she would have given this poor dog to Justin
2) Justin would have more carefully considered his purchase and would have been more inclined to protect his investment by hiring a trainer and working with the puppy to be a good family member?
Easy come, easy go??? Sadly, the cycle continues….
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