Rescue Pets Don’t Count?
*Heads up: This post is completely personal by nature and has nothing to do with gaming/geek news*
After an unpleasant encounter with my sketchy neighbor, I’m posting another pet-centric blog post. I have lived in this triplex for about 9 months. My ex was nice enough to house my rescue dog for the first few months until I got settled to make her move as smooth as possible. Unit #2 is home to my podcast co-host Shorty. She has a Corgi that enjoys the back yard of her unit. Shorty is an incredibly responsible pet owner and takes good care of her companion. Unit #3 not so much. She has 2 poodles that are constantly off leash and being yelled at. In entirety of my stay in this triplex, I have seen those dogs on leash exactly ONCE. Knowing that my rescue mutt is easily spooked, she does not leave out home without a leash on her. Last night, my roommate walked my mutt and ran into the unleashed dogs of Unit #3. She spooked and pulled outta her leash. Luckily, he was able to coax her home with promises of treats after those two marauders were gone.
I confronted Unit #3 and she attempted apologize for a situation that has been in the works for 9mths. I stated she needs to keep her animals on leash and that it’s the law. I tried to explain how heartbroken I’d be if I’d lost my kid. She got this look on her face and said that her dogs she raised as puppies meant more to her than some dog I brought in off the streets. I think that angered me more than anything she could have said to me.
I’ve had many pets in my life. My mom was all about the animal rescue. I can’t even count the number furry souls I’ve encountered in the past 31 years. I have owned animals since the day they were born and I’ve had strays. As I’ve said before, I don’t think of my pets as animals but more as family.
It’s hard to explain to someone the emotional attachment my rescue dog and I have with each other. Those of you who know my neurotic childhood could say that I see myself in her. Shorty herself has suggested that I placate my dog more than I should. (She’s probably right.) Pies spent the first 5ish years of her life being tossed from rescue shelter to foster home without a minute of love. She has a fear of lights and water. Ridiculous as it is, I’ve realized it and I try my best to keep her stress level to a minimum.
My last pet-centric blog ended on me being elated that she shared her belly with me. In the last 2 years we’ve become inseparable. Pies follows me room to room and showers me with kisses on a daily basis. She’s constantly grateful for the life I give her. I’ve had pets that have never seen a day of abuse but this dog loves me so unconditionally that I can honestly say I’ve never bee more attached to a dog. To have some irresponsible pet owner to throw it in my face that her dogs have somehow more of an attachment because she had them since they were store bought was insulting.
Thank you for letting me rant. I feel much better! xoxo