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Throwing Your Relationship Out With The Dog Water

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My mom has a history of giving animals away when they turn out to have a flaw or when she grows tired of them. I hate this habit, especially since I grew close to a certain dog and she gave her away just because she got old.

When I move out, I finally get my own dog. He’s up there in years. One day, I start noticing that he’s not eating or pooping, so I take him to the vet. She finds some of my hair in his intestines — I have really long, thick hair — and does surgery on him to get it out.

A few months later, I need to go on a business trip, and I ask my mom to take care of my dog. When I come back, though, I notice that he’s not around. 

Me: “Where’s [Dog]?”

Mom: “Oh, I gave him back to the shelter.”

Me: “YOU WHAT?! MOM, HE WASN’T EVEN YOUR DOG! THERE WAS NOTHING WRONG WITH HIM! YOU ALWAYS DO THIS TO ALL OUR PETS! HE DIDN’T EVEN BELONG TO YOU! I CAN’T BELIEVE YOU DID THIS! I’LL NEVER ASK YOU TO PET SIT FOR ME AGAIN! I WANT YOU TO LEAVE RIGHT NOW!”

Mom: *Pauses* “You’re right. It was a stupid thing to do. But in my defense, he’s old.”

I called around and finally heard from a shelter known for killing their animals, and when I explained what happened, they gave him back to me with an apology and admitted they probably should have investigated a little more.

I still haven’t spoken to my mom in almost four years. My dog is doing well and has recovered from his ordeal. I still haven’t forgiven my mom for all the crap she’s pulled. If you choose to take care of an animal, you are responsible for it. Don’t give an animal away just because it’s getting old, or you’re moving, or getting another pet, or even having a baby. It’s wrong and cruel to the animal and everyone who loves it.


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