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Today Mom's on a tangent, but with very good reason.  This post isn't just for those of you who are dog lovers, this one is for anyone who has ever thought of owning a pet.

Being a dog owner isn't about having a flashy accessory available at your convenience.  Being a dog owner is not about the first fifteen minutes of puppy love.  Over time that puppy will become a dog and that dog will continue to need your care for the next fifteen years.  If you can't provide that, you do not need a dog.

A lot of people see a movie depicting a human/dog relationship and think they want that too.  That is not a reason to get a dog.  That relationship was not formed in the first few weeks of being together, but in all of the ups and downs walked through together in the years that follow.  Can you invest that time?  If not, you do not need a dog.

Being a responsible dog owner includes (but is certainly not limited to):
Providing food, water, shelter, and medical care, but also, providing time, attention, and love.

Being a responsible dog owner means spaying or neutering your pet (unless you are a responsible breeder - and that is a different blog all together).  If you can not afford a one time operation for your dog, you can not afford to own a dog.  And you most certainly can not afford to care for the litters of puppies that will be coming your way if you opt not to spay or neuter.

My needs aren't that different from yours.  I require food, water, shelter, and LOVE.

We would like to introduce you to a special little girl.  This is Mello Yello (affectionately called Melody by mom).

Melody is a golden retriever/lab mix who was abandoned this week at a vet clinic.  (The same clinic Kudzu came from.)  She was found outside in some bushes as the employees made their way into the office.  Perhaps someone thought they were being kind leaving her where her needs could be tended, but let's be honest people - veterinary hospitals are just like everyone else:  THEY WORK OFF OF A BUDGET.  There just simply aren't enough resources to care for every pet that is carelessly dropped off on their door steps.  Had a foster home not been found for Melody, there would have been no option but to euthanize her. 

Melody's injuries are somewhat severe.  What happened to her is anybodies guess.  Was she dropped, thrown, ran over, tortured?  We'll never know.  What we do know is that in addition to a bruise on her eye, her right front leg is broken just above the knee cap, and the tendon is torn in her right, hind leg.  She has begun to heal but can only walk a short distance before tiring out and needing to rest.  The veterinarian who examined Melody believes that she will make a full recovery within a month. 

Animals are not disposable.  They require a commitment.  If you can't make that commitment, please do not add a pet to your home.  Abandoning an animal when they are no longer of use to you is not acceptable.  It is cruel.

A righteous man cares for the needs of his animal, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.  Proverbs 12:10

 Melody will be available for adoption once she is healed.  If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about her, email us at:



  1. This makes me so angry....I totally agree with every word, I just cannot understand how people can be so cruel, it is so true 'the more I see of people, the more I love my dogs' - I do hope sweet melody finds a loving furever home soon, wish we were closer! xxx

  2. Hi Y'all,

    That was an excellent post.

    There is another possible scenerio. The dog may have been hit by a car or injured and some caring person with little or no funds left her at the vet hoping someone would recognize her and that she would get treatment.

    Of course, it was STILL an irresponsible owner who allowed a pup to run around with no supervision.

    Y'all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  3. Thank you for an excellent post. I also agree with everything you've written. I'll go one step further (risking the wrath of some other bloggers) and question fund raising for individuals who can't afford medical care for their pets through auctions and chip in widgets. I think the organizers of these efforts have hearts of gold, but would be better off targeting legitimate shelters and rescues as their beneficiaries.

    Tank's Asst.

  4. My Vickie loved your post too. Poor little baby. We especially liked the way it was worded that Vets and DAY CARES like ours WORK OFF OF A BUDGET.

    We know people think, because we have a lot of animals, we can afford just one more, but honestly...WE cant.

    Good Job. Problem is the people who need to see this post are never going to..


  5. Oh that poor little girl. Some humans can just be so horribly cruel. The only thing they did right is not dump her off in the middle of a busy street.

  6. This is totally heartbreaking, and makes me angry as well!! When I think of what people will do to an innocent animal, I lose a little bit of faith in the human race. But then, when I see the other side of kindness, and compassion that balances it out. I'm so thankful that there are people like you and others who are helping this precious girl find her way--She's so lucky to be able to have the chance at a good life with someone who truly cares about her!

    THANK YOU for a good post!!!

  7. Poor little Melody. Great post--but unfortunately the People who should read it, probably aren't!

    XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

  8. How do humans abandon us
    Benny & Lily

  9. OH! Poor Melody!!! How can people do stuff like that?? I just don't get it...Very good post. Some people just don't get it. We will keep all paws crossed that she will find a good home. Chloe, LadyBug and the mama

  10. Woof! Woof! makes us sad n angry knowing there are such irresponsible dog/pet owners. Sending Melody Lots of Golden Healing Thoughts n Golden LOVE. Hope she finds a loving home soon. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

  11. We are so happy that Melody found a foster home and is expected to make a full recovery. She looks like an little angel.

    It makes us all hissy and growly to think someone abandoned the sweet girl.

  12. We are looking forward to the pawm and are very excited. Just in case we don't get to comment later due to TS Lee thanks for hosting this pawsome event.

  13. We certainly agree with every word you said. Poor little Melody I am glad she has found a foster home and Im sure she will find a good loving forever home

  14. My Mommy cried reading this. It is so true. So many thoughless people in this world that don't have clue. That's why she gets so excited whenever she can get a dachshund adopted after a home visit.

    See ya at the Pawn. My dance card is open, if Bobo doesn't mind that is.

    {{{huggies}}}.....Mona & Weenie

  15. She is the cutest little thing!! WHAT is wrong with people? How do they sleep at night?


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