Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Bon Voyage, Dear Poopies

I think we've decided. The Poopies are going away. I will miss their
barking. Though 9 times out of 10 it is at nothing but their sheer joy
of living the wild life and having regular food tossed at them twice a
day, the other 1 time it is keeping the neighbor dog off our porch.

My Hillbilly Husband still wants to keep Ann. He likes her bark.
#1 son wants to keep her, too. But even though she will come to
him once or twice a day, she still skitters away and taunts him.
We had thought of keeping her, giving Cubby away, and adopting
a new puppy. We are concerned that she may be too rough with
a puppy. She is still a child herself.

We are taking them to an animal shelter in a nearby town. I don't
think we have to pay to leave them there. We will even throw in
collars and leashes. We certainly haven't been able to use them.

If we adopt another animal, as our plan goes right now, there is a
$100 fee for dogs, and a $75 fee for cats. That's a lot of money,
HH says, for something you could get free out of a cardboard box
at the front door of Wal*Mart. Still, the shelter makes sure they
have their shots and neutering before you can pick them up. That
is included in the fee, and you don't have to take them to the vet
and pick them up.

We have to fill out an adoption questionnaire, and an adoption
agreement form. They want to know where you plan to keep the
pet, how long it will be left alone, who is your vet, can they come
for a home visit, how many kids, teenagers, senior citizens, etc.
are in your family. And you have to agree that you won't use it for
medical research, and that it will be used for no other purpose
than a pet. I guess they mean no uses such as: target practice,
dinner, 'dating', soccer ball, fur coat, etc. Not that we would, of
course. It's a lot of paperwork for something you could get for
free out of a cardboard at the front door of Wal*Mart.

I checked their website for dogs available for adoption. They
had some cute 'dalmation' puppies (9 of them!) that looked like
they were part dalmation and part beagle. That's because they
were white with little black spots, and some had a large black
splotch on the middle of the back, with black ears and eyes, and
white-tipped black tails. They were much cuter than this sounds.
However, I don't know how long ago that website was updated,
so they could be grown by now. Maybe it's a bait & switch, just
to get you to come in and look at the puppies. Then they try to
give you a St. Bernard or Newfoundland or some such thing.

Anyhoo, that's the plan at this time. We'll see what develops.

Why do I feel like such a traitor?


Blogger Chickadee said...

You're NOT a traitor. The situation didn't work out for you and the pups, that's all. You're doing a good thing for them.

I would caution you though, on anything that is dalmation. I've been a vet tech over the years and it has been my experience that dalmations (or anything with "dalmation" in the mix) are HYPER HYPER HYPER. I don't think I've ever encountered a well-behaved dalmation. Not sure how a Dalmation Beagle mix would work.

Not to be stickin' my nose in your business...hope you don't mind the advice.


11:54 PM  
Blogger Cazzie!!! said...

ood luck with it all, it is a hard decision to make but ultimately I am sure you will come to the right decision. I guess if you weigh it up, the destruction they have caused your place and the way they are freeloading off you and not coming up to you...you are better without them around. Hey..you do have kids...let em know its an example of what mnot to do, dont wreck the place and stay as freeloaders all you life or we will find yall a new home like them dang dogs, PMSL!!

12:43 AM  
Blogger deadpanann said...


Just kidding. I'm a true traitor. I own a puppy that cost $350, and STILL came from a box in front of the Wal Mart. I always swore I'd never buy a pure bred dog when there are so many cute little mutts out there in need of a home. But Boxers are so damn cool. And I didn't buy it--Tim did. So HE is the real traitor!

2:47 PM  
Blogger Hillbilly Mom said...

The plans have now changed, due to HH and the oldest son. They want to keep the Poopies.

I, too, have heard about the hyper Dalmations. Our down-the-road neighbor has a pack of them, as does our across-the-road neighbor, the LandStealer. Those spotted demons used to run laps around our porch at night, because they could. The LandStealer's dog had a bum front leg. She always came over with his daughter, and would not leave the porch until the girl came out of our house. Very loyal.

One time at 7-11, I saw a lady pumping gas with a funny spotted dog in the car. She said it was a Dalmation/Basset Hound. That was the cutest thing. It was totally Dalmation-colored, but shaped exactly like a Basset. She said it was very loving, the joy of her life.

Our dog Grizzly is a Beagle/Chocolate Lab. He is very calm and loving. Must be the Beagle.

Wouldn't you know, that Ann must sense that she's on the way out. She has been creeping up to us for two days. Good lesson to learn the young 'uns for their freeloadin' and homewreckin'.

Miss Ann,
Just for that, I must break the news that the dog-Ann is not named after you! #1 son named her after reading Where the Red Fern Grows. Your 'little' Sweet Tea is gonna be huge. Our little Ann is already the size of Grizzly, and she's only about 4 1/2 months old.

10:08 PM  

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