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So, hypothetically...

If pets roam free in your neighborhood and die regularly on the nearby road, and your soft-hearted housemate brings home a dog because it was wandering free and following her to the bus and didn't have a collar and, hypothetically, the last dog to follow her to the bus got hit by a car, tried to stand up, and got hit by another car, and, hypothetically, the dog the soft-hearted roommate brought home, in this Gedankenexperiment, is obviously nursing (or possibly just pregnant, but showing a lot more nipple than most dogs, hypothetically, tend to), is taking her to the animal shelter the right thing to do? :(

I can't help but feel like I'm hypothetically condemning six stray puppies to a lingering death by starvation :(


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Jun. 30th, 2006 02:49 pm (UTC)
You could, hypothetically, attempt to follow the nursing mother to her puppies so they can also be taken in and cared for. Puppies rarely have problems getting adopted out, after all.
Jun. 30th, 2006 04:49 pm (UTC)
I thought about that, but it's hard to follow something that wants to follow you. A lot of standing around happens.
Jun. 30th, 2006 05:13 pm (UTC)
You must be more clever, hypothetically!
Jun. 30th, 2006 06:11 pm (UTC)
A nursing mother dog would SO not abandon her pups like that. No hypotheticals about it.
Jun. 30th, 2006 03:24 pm (UTC)
Ha, hypothetically. The "without a collar" screams "abandoned dog" to me. A dog with puppies to nurse would not be roaming off away from them - they were intentionally separated. The assholes who owned this dog probably were too lazy & cheap to get her fixed, so she got knocked up, and then after they got rid of the puppies (by giving them away or dumping in a dumpster), and left her off somewhere by herself. They probably kept one of the boy puppies, who wouldn't get preggers when it got older.

It's all hypothetical, I know, but I saw this scenario play out a billion times growing up. We lived on the end of a street with a cul-de-sac, near a wooded area, and dogs were often dumped there. My dad saved a female puppy from a dumpster at work once, and gave her to my sister. We named her Frisky.

None of this dog's situation - hypothetically, of course - would be your fault. You would just be giving a solution to the mess that other dumbasses were too ignorant to be responsible adults about.

The hypothetical puppies in your situation were already dealt with by the creeps who dumped their mama.
Jun. 30th, 2006 04:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks--I feel a little better (? selfishly, I guess), or at least a little more justified. We do live in a crap neighborhood with poor pet ownership (lots of wandering cats, and a handful of free-range dogs.)

Please, have your dog's owner spayed or neutered.

BTW, welcome back :)
Jun. 30th, 2006 05:23 pm (UTC)
Naw. Puppies get adopted like mad. They're like white kids, you can't even keep a decent stock on hand. You save the mother from death by rutland, I suppose.

P.S. White kids taste better, cook to medium-medium well.
Jun. 30th, 2006 06:12 pm (UTC)
*nodnodnodnds* Stir fried White Kid with MewLing sauce.

I added that one for Sdocat.
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