Dogs are NOT Accessories!
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This makes me so mad/sad. A precious rescue, Raylito (golden retriever/poodle mix, 7-8 years old), was adopted in September and RETURNED 🙁
|Raylito (C) Life Animal Rescue.|
You just don’t do that!! Dogs are NOT accessories you can return to the store if you change your mind. They have feelings, hearts and needs. Yes, some dogs like Raylito need some extra loving TLC. [He has kidney disease and needs a special diet and regular fluids.] But that’s no excuse for “Returning” a dog like you would a purse you don’t fancy anymore. Being a dog parent is tuff work so deal with it.
|Hastings Alyosha on his 1st Day with us. (c) The Joyous Living.|
When we adopted Hastings Alyosha in February, we were told according to the records from the San Diego Humane Society that his problems were all fixed. WRONG. We must have spent $$$ on vet visits, trying different food options, and more vet visits. Not to mention tears and feelings of incompetence. Our little boy was such a damaged boy skin and bones, crying (still does!) being picked up, having nightmares, not wanting to cuddle/hug, and scampering under chairs for a good hiding/safe place. But my parents were real heroes in my book and paid the vet bills, loved on Hastings Alyosha, and talked with Jeffrey Beri who had rescued Hastings in Thailand and was able to finally offer an eating suggestion that worked (thanks Jeffrey!).
Trust me, it was no fun time having the poor baby screaming whenever he had a bowel movement, seeing him have rectal prolapses on a constant basis, rushing him to the vet hospital at night, etc… But we loved on him and he got better thanks to all involved at the vet, Jeffrey and my amazing parents. He’s still not all there but with love, we’re making progress one step at a time, maybe a few backward steps but always staying positive and hopeful with love.
All this to say… we had no idea what we were getting into when we adopted Hastings Alyosha who had a clean bill of health but that doesn’t mean we returned him and said ‘thanks a lot folks’. No, we buckled down and did what had to be done. He was our furry baby and we were his forever home. He had been through hell and back and needed us more than ever.
|Raylito. (c) Life Animal Rescue.|
So my heart breaks to hear poor Raylito’s story. To have had a sweet taste of freedom and a forever home only to have it taken away. Please, please, visit his page on PetFinder and consider offering him a forever home where he’ll know love and comfort and safety. Amazingly, Life Animal Rescue is even offering to pay for his food and medical care for the rest of his life!! So please, can someone offer him a home??