I own up to the fact that I am a long-time member of the Pet PoPo. I have strong opinions about what responsible pet ownership is, and it shouldn't surprise you that I share these opinions when need be.
Which doesn't exactly win me friends now that I live "out in the country".
But I don't think I'm really that hard to please. While it's true that my Labrador mix has had acupuncture, and ate home cooked chicken and rice with fresh chopped parsley from the garden and plain yogurt with flax seed meal and scoops of Balance IT doggie vitamin powder mixed in for 4 months last year to help her heal from a mystery illness, I don't think my standards are too high.
I've been laughed at for my canine cuisine, and Tree Guy complained that our dog was eating better than he was, but I believe I just did what any dog mama worth her salt would do in my situation.
So, surely you understand my frustration with pet owners who slack. People who don't provide regular vet care, who don't spay and neuter, who don't let their dogs and cats inside the house, who don't bother to put identification on a pet's collar. WHO DON'T BOTHER LOOKING FOR THEIR PETS WHEN THEY GO MISSING!!!
My first year as a suburban transplant has taught me that there's a distinct difference between country folks and suburban folks when it comes to lost pets.
City folks are all, "$$$REWARD!$$$ Help us find our little smoochie poo! She's on Royal Jelly and homeopathic treatments for her anxiety and she needs her meds or she will have a nervous breakdown and have to go to Betty Ford again!"
Country folks, on the other hand, are all, "...(crickets chirping)..."
And if, by some miracle, the (saint of a) dog rescuer does happen to reunite a country dog with its owner, the response she gets is something along the lines of, "If you would have left him alone, he would have come back home after a few days. He always does." Like their dog was KIDNAPPED FROM THEIR YARD OR SOMETHING!
To that I say, you're welcome, muthafu*^%r! Don't make me sick Bob Barker on you! (Surely you saw the Bob Barker beatdown in Happy Gilmore. Bob is all about responsible pet ownership.)
Anyhoo, check this little guy out. We found him roaming our neighborhood 4 days ago. With a collar, but no tags.
Shrinky Dink's keeping him at her house for now. I've been calling shelters, posting ads, and searching for lost dog postings online and in person for 3 days now. With nary a response.
He's a friendly little dog. Likes kids. Not a barker or a digger. Not a fan of Shrinky Dink's boundary-ignoring husky/pit mix, Balto (which is kind of understandable...), but still. He's a good dog. And no one is looking for him?! His owner can't be bothered to put up a flyer or call the city shelter or post on Craigslist?
We are now assuming that he was dumped, so we're trying to find him a new home. With an owner who values him enough to actually seek him out.
(Why do people think dumped dogs fare better out in the country anyway? Don't they know there's coyotes in them thar hills?)
Sigh. (Stepping down off my soapbox now.)