A friend emailed me this today:
Dear Mom and Dad,
I died today. You got tired of me and took me to the shelter. They were overcrowded and I drew an unlucky number. I am in a black plastic bag in a landfill now. Some other puppy will get the barely used leash you left. My collar was dirty and too small, but the lady took it off before she sent me to the Rainbow Bridge .
Would I still be at home if I hadn't chewed your shoe? I didn't know what it was, but it was leather, and it was on the floor. I was just playing. You forgot to get puppy toys.
Would I still be at home if I had been housebroken? Rubbing my nose in what I did only made me ashamed that I had to go at all. There are books and obedience teachers that would have taught you how to teach me to go to the door.
Would I still be at home if I hadn't brought fleas into the house? Without anti-flea medicine, I couldn't get them off of me after you left me in the yard for days.
Would I still be at home if I hadn't barked? I was only saying, "I'm scared, I'm lonely, I'm here, I'm here! I want to be your best friend."
Would I still be at home if I had made you happy? Hitting me didn't make me learn how.
Would I still be at home if you had taken the time to care for me and to teach manners to me? You didn't pay attention to me after the first week or so, but I spent all my time waiting for you to love me.
I died today.
Love, Your Puppy
If you haven't met one of my dogs, here is Little Melody.
Teacup Maltese weighing 890 grams, full growth 2++ yrs old.
A friend emailed me this today. I teared after I read it. I hugged my dogs close to me and asked them if they felt loved? And they kept licking me as if to say: "Yes, mummy." If you're thinking to buy a puppy and you are not able to take care of it for at least 15 years, then please don't buy it. Go to your friend's house and play with THEIR puppies / dogs. Or everytime you have a puppy craving, go to a pet shop and play with the pups / dogs there.
Or if you have purchased a puppy and are not able to take care of it, re-home the dog that you can't take care of. Xiaxue is a very good example of this. She is very responsible!!! (I don't care what the rest of you say about her actions towards Pumpkin. To me, she has done her part!!!!) I seriously think that her actions should be praised. I think she felt that she couldn't take care of Pumpkin as well as she would have liked to but unlike some, she is very honest about it. She also found Pumpkin a very good home. She has shown the world how responsible she really is.
Not all dogs are made the same. Some are lazy, some are niap niap (kay kay's invention - it means very soft and cuddly), some are boisterous, some are playful, some are barky, some are active, some are very pouncy, some are very destructive... etc etc etc.
But all dogs can be taught to behave themselves. They are like little human children. You need to have tons of patience to teach them manners. If you don't have the patience like me, pay for training lessons. There are plenty out there who can teach your dogs simple basic manners for a package deal of less than $1500. Ok ok at least I am admitting that I have no patience right? 3 of my dogs are trained in a dog school, only my little Melody is taught by me. I am afraid that because of her tiny size, she would be bullied. Ya la ya la I am abit biased la. But no one knows what I have been through with my little Melody. I love my other dogs as well, just that I pay 20% extra attention to my little maltese. Lol...
As for me, all my dogs are taught :
1) Potty training.
2) NO BEGGING OF FOOD or I will be very very very pissed.
3) No chewing on anything in the house except their puppy toys.
4) No going out of the house unless mummy / daddy / aunty ( maid ) brings them go gai gai.
5) They are to eat at their meal times because no treats / titbits are given. If they don't finish their food, too bad, they have to wait till their next meal. (They are fed breakfast at 9am and dinner at 5.30pm everyday.)
6) You can bark but you cannot bark excessively.
You can't leave your dogs at home and expect them to behave themselves. How would they know that the shoe that they are chewing on is a Louboutin? How would they know how to give themselves a bath? How would they know how to clean themselves up after they have pooped? You mean as a child you could do all these by yourselves? You mean if you give birth to a baby, your baby is also able to clean themselves / feed themselves / know where is the toilet / not hit themselves on the corner of the table / not cry at night because they know you also need your sleep? PLEASE FOR FUCK's SAKE!!!!!!! A puppy is very much like a child. All of them need your constant attention till they are at least 2 years old. Then the puppy would become an adult and if taught well, they are able to be trusted to "house sit" for you. Once the pups are well taught, they would remember their lessons well till they turn a ripe old age of about 10 years old, then they start to lose their memories and they become harder to care for.
But assuming you are OLD and feeble, and sick, wouldn't you wish for someone to take care of you too? It is the same for the old dog, when it's about time for them to go, they too need someone to take care of them. If you are not able to commit yourself for at least 15 years of your life, then PLEASE DON'T BUY THE PUPPY AT THE WINDOW no matter how cute it is!
It would no longer be cute when it starts peeing and shitting and whining. It would no longer be cute when it is old and sick.
To me, all my dogs are still cute. I love them as they are. I know and trust them to do the right thing at home as they are all trained. My shih tzu - Baby Nicole is already 12 yrs old and she is very lazy and grumpy. My mini schnauzer - Annabelle is also 12 years old, she is very lazy, fat and is sleeping most of the time. My teacup maltese - Little Melody is 2++ years old, she is very niap niap, usually she is right beside me peering curiously to see what I am up to. My younger schnauzer - Shante is 2+ yrs old, she is very active and playful and boisterous. They are all very different from each other. I also have a maid at home who only attends to me and my 4 dogs. So whenever the dogs need to a drink of water/ they need to pee / they need their bi-weekly spa treatments / they need their toys / they need their pee pads changed / they need to have their fur combed / whatever shit they need, my maid is there to take care of them. At least be sure that you can afford to take care of your puppy before buying them, VET fees are not cheap either! Vet fees for a regular check-up costs about $60-$80. If your dogs get cancer (2 of mine have had cancer and have undergone operations) each operation cost me about $3600 for each dog. Yearly vaccinations costs about $68. DOG FOOD ain't cheap either, they cost me about $120 per pack and this can last my dogs for about 1 month.
IF you can't afford it, don't buy a puppy!!!!
Please be responsible! Don't buy a puppy then throw them out of the house after some time. Don't buy a puppy if you are not able to commit time to taking care of it. Don't buy a puppy if you can't AFFORD its vet fees / dog food.