Responsibility – it’s a big word. Especially when you plan to bring puppies into the world. First there is the homework: researching bloodlines, health clearances, and temperament. Then there is the part where the visualized and planned becomes real, at approximately 2 am, as they arrive one after the other. After feeding, vetting, and appropriate developmental care, then comes the placement into new families.
Look closely at the photo below.
It’s a big step and I for one, cannot look at one of these sweet, vulnerable little faces and say, “You will live in a garage.” For the next one, “You will live at the end of a chain in a back yard.” What about the folks who think the puppy should somehow know to stay in the yard: “You will run out into the path of a car and be hit, mercifully dying within seconds.” Worst of all, is the puppy I would have to go nose to nose with and say: “You will live a short, unhappy, pain filled life and be euthanized at the pound.”
No, for each of these puppies, I do screen calls. I do my level best to talk to people and make sure they know how much is involved in raising a puppy. I do offer the support needed to make it happen, and finally, I do offer to take them back if it is not working out due to events, family dynamics, or whatever reason, at any age. I have taken back a 9 year old dog, shipping him back from AZ.
Before you plan on a puppy, plan on its care for the next 10-15 years. This is a little dark in mood today but “responsibility” is on my mind while I am reading this book: