On December 20, 2012 my humans added a new member to our family.  He is Scotty, a shih-tzu/beagle mix, fifteen years of age, blind and partially deaf.  Yet, he is also smart, determined to find his way around to prevent his world from shrinking, and kind of heart.  In the few brief days we have been together I have seen him stand tall against another dog that thought him helpless.  The other dog turned and ran when our Scotty refused to yield ground.  The odd part is that had the other dog asked nicely he would have had no problem getting his wish.

Upon hearing Scotty’s story of how he came to be with us, I am appalled that his previous humans thought him unworthy of their love when a young pup was brought into their pack.  Without another thought they delivered their pet they had owned for five years to the humane shelter and walked away.  In his case, it may have been a blessing since they had long since ceased to comb his hair or have him groomed.  Tumors grew on both eyelids and at the humane shelter he was found to have such terrible teeth that eight of them had to be removed.

When does a pet cease to be a living, breathing animal that needs love as much as any human?  Where is the humanity in tossing aside a dog, cat, horse or mouse because it becomes inconveninent to own it?  Scotty has not even reached incontinence.  He barks to let everyone know he really must go outside.  Despite this wondrous trait, he was cast apart from his family.

I have noted that it is not only animals that humans remove once they lose their helpfulness.  They tend to push their parents aside, too.  Sometimes difficult children are also given to institutions to raise.  To be sure there are times when it may be better for the human to gain much needed care their own cannot provide.  However, sometimes it is merely for convenience sake or to obtain something the other owns.  This puzzles me to no end.  Does it occur to those ridding themselves of a burden that they may one day be removed from their homes by children who find THEM to be too difficult to bother with any longer?

Having lived with Scotty these eight days I find him to be good company, undemanding but most willing to learn whatever mistress may try to teach him.  She claps loudly to get his attention.  The sound penetrates his near deaf ears and guides him to her side.  She speaks in a louder voice to command and he strives mightily to do as she wishes.

May I suggest that anyone who has not the metal to care for animals in all instances please leave adoptions to those who are willing to give hearts, hands and time to us?  If you cannot exercise your pets then please adopt only those who are great couch potatoes; a whippet or greyhound may not be what you need.  Most certainly sporting dogs should not even be considered!

And to those who already have pets and find it uncomfortable to keep them once they age, please DO take them to the humane shelter or other no kill shelters.  Taking them to a normal pound gives them almost no chance for adoption.  Death will come to them more than likely.  While they wait their turn, they may witness others being killed.  Would you wish to see your fellow humans being slaughtered while dreading the killer coming for you?

Humanity is not just a word.  It is doing for those around you as you would wish them to do for you.  Rest assured that the dog who loves you when you are young and able will continue to adore you as you grown older and more infirm.  Shouldn’t loyalty flow both ways.

Our Scotty is fortunate in that he will be loved until his final days if he wants to remain with us.  He will be fed, nurtured, exercised, cuddled, and petted.  He will have a roof over his head and toys if he wishes.  Would that all dogs and other pets could look forward to the same.

 

Carol North, a dear friend, brought ‘The Next Big Thing’ to my attention as a way to share our current and future projects with fellow bloggers.  With that in mind, I discussed our next big thing with my co-auther, Little Bits, a feisty mix of Shih Tzu and Cairn terrier that insisted she be the lead in the newest project.  Since she is not one to take ‘NO’ for an answer, here is her idea.

THE NEXT BIG THING

Together we will be telling Little Bits story from puppyhood to present day.  She will lead us through the good and not so good of being one of the many forgotten dogs in our world today.  She is titling it “LITTLE DOG LOST.”

PASSING THE TORCH

Carol North, who I count as a close friend, wrote for magazines and newspapers many years.  Her work has evolved into writing and campaigning for animals that cannot speak for themselves.  Through her efforts  at www.feedingfidoandfluffy.com she checks out various foods and treats for pets.  Her readers can count on healthier animals if they read and heed the important information she gives on that site.  She is also a champion for seniors and their pets.  Operating a nonprofit organization, SENIORS FOR PETS, INC., (www.seniorsforpets.com) she and others help needy SW Florida senior citizens pay for basic vet care for their pets.  Being the busy person she is, she has yet another project already in the works .  She will be adding a category to FEEDING FIDO AND FLUFFY.  Healthy homemade Pet Treats seemed a natural and will be coming soon.

WHAT IS THE WORKING TITLE OF YOUR PROJECT?

Little Dog Lost

WHERE DID THE IDEA COME FROM?

It came from watching this little four-legged miracle adopted a short three months ago that has gone from a barking, terrified, anxious twelve pounds of dog to a loving, protective pet who knows she is loved.  Seeing so many in the shelters that my family cannot save and see so many returned in short order after adoptions, we thought it imperative to tell the story from Little Bit’s viewpoint.  She will answer the rest of the questions.

WHAT GENRE DOES YOUR SITE FALL UNDER?

Diary/Letter

IF IT BECOMES A BOOK AND THEN A MOVIE, WHAT ACTORS WOULD YOU CHOOSE TO PLAY YOUR CHARACTER?

I’m not certain if Benji is still available.  If so, I would love to have him play the part.  After all if a boy collie can play the part of Lassie, surely Benji could play a girl’s part, too.

HOW LONG WILL YOU BE WORKING ON IT?

I sincerely hope a long time – preferrably in human years.  As you know, dog years seem to move at a fairly fast clip.

WHAT OTHER SITES WOULD YOU COMPARE IT TO?

There is one other site – “The Gentleman Tom Cat’s Diary”  @ www.gentlemantomcat.com that could act as a pattern.  He told his story from the view of a cat as I shall relate the views of a dog.

WHO OR WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START THIS WEBSITE?

Fear inspired me.  Fear that others like me may not be adopted before they are destroyed.  Fear that dog fights will not be ended.  Fear that man will never understand animals as well as we understand man.

WHAT ELSE ABOUT THE SITE MIGHT PIQUE THE READER’S INTEREST?

I think the many different animals, mostly dogs, that I meet could hold anyone’s interest.  We are so varied and our stories fascinating.

I AM EVERY DOG.

I am the big dog wrongly given a bad reputation that is banned in many places.  I am the show dog proudly paraded in front of crowds. And I am the forgotten dog hoping for a forever home before being ‘humanely’ killed. I live a dog’s life that some humans think is all things good. I see a different world that is not always pretty. Within these pages humane treatment will be discussed from a dog’s point of view. The way we see your actions may surprise or perhaps even hurt you. Even in the world of good intentions what you consider humane and what we sometimes feel is quite opposite from your experience.

Stay with me through these pages as we look at all facets claimed by people to be best for us, their pets. You will find we put up with a lot simply because we want your love and to be treated with kindness. We love without reservation and in spite of often being mistreated beyond anything a person could bear.

The speaker will be the dog whose picture you see – Little Bits. She was one of the forgotten dogs. Through her eyes you will visit the lives of others. Make your own decision as to just how humane humans really are.