It has been three months since Boomer has been gone, and not many of those days do I not think of him. I truly believe that we were brought together to learn from one another. Even though he is now gone, I'm still learning and I will continue to bring awareness and hopefully educate people on animal issues.
What I'm continuing to learn is that animal problems come from people problems, so in order to help our animals, we must also help people.
Last week I was alerted to a Craig's List ad for a "Free To A Good Home" dog in my area. I quickly called the number to see if there was something I could do. I asked if she could tell me a little about the dog and why it was she wanted to rehome him. The voice on the other end of the line sounded stressed, frustrated, and defeated. There were personal problems, but honestly the only problem she felt she had with the dog was that he needed more exercise and felt that she should give him to a home where he could get the attention and care she didn't feel she could give him. This dog was not of an age that he would need an excessive amount of exercise, so I began asking her if I could help her exercise the dog if she would keep him. By the end of the conversation, she had decided that she would keep the dog. I made a follow-up call a few days later to find out if there was a time I could come over and meet the family and possibly show her how to use a gentle leader since she said he was difficult to walk. Unfortunately, she explained quickly that it wasn't a good time to talk.
I am concerned that she did rehome the dog, but I also feel that I was able to give her an option to keep him. Ultimately it was her decision.
Many times in our lives we feel overwhelmed and desperate to make things a bit more simple. Some people feel that because of their crazy, hectic schedules their dog suffers. They question whether or not they are good pet parents.
Help those people understand that there are options out there. Sometimes all they need is a listening ear, a helping hand, or some reassurance. Sometimes the simplest of actions can bring about the biggest of changes!
Wishing all of you a Merry Pitmas!