Do-Gooders...

Baskerville - my demon hound from hell, whom i love rediculously LOL
@tessah (6621)
United States
May 9, 2008 6:18pm CST
arent always doing "good". in fact.. alot of the time, they are doing harm. you wouldnt give someone elses child something to eat without first making sure it was OK from the parents.. why then, do some, feel it is OK to do with anothers pets? as a birthday gift nearly three years ago, i recived from my husband a tiny little 8 week old hound pup. a very odd little beagle whom i named Baskerville. people automatically assume that because he doesnt have fresh water at his disposal, that im neglecting him in some way.. and have in the past, had others feel the need to water my poor little deprived pooch without even discussing it with me. my neighbors even called animal control and reported me for abuse and animal cruelties.. the officer then proceeded to come into my yard, leave me a complaint with a threat attached to my doorknob, and fed and watered my mutt without even bothering to knock on my door. most recently.. at my daughters birthday party.. one of the parents with me sitting right there.. went over, took his dish and headed to the sink, without a word. after a half an hour of attempting to explain to this woman, she finally let it drop.. the truth of it is.. if my dog gets too much water.. it makes him very sick, and hes nearly died from it. when i first got him, i same as most, fed him twice a day, and made sure his water bowl was constantly stocked with fresh clean cold water. when he was six months old.. he was extremely underweight..and sickly. numerous trips to the vet, tests done, and a two thousand dollar bill later.. its found that my wacky little hound, has a psychological addiction to water. yes, i too at first laughed at this and told the vet he was trippin.. until he explained. as it turns out, before i got him, he had a bladder infection that the breeder he came from, neglected. in order to fix this on his own, Bask overdrank to flush his system out and cleared it up.. unfortunately, because of it and the such young age he was, he now beleives he has to continuously drink.. foresaking food, and literally will starve himself to death in the process. the over abundance of water led to poisoning, and he was very near full kidney failure. for the next six months i spent my time on the floor handfeeding him with fingerfuls of dogfood, while he whined for water, cried and refused.. i had to wean him off water like a junkie off of crack. now.. hes nearly three years old.. very healthy very happy and extremely spoiled. hes still on tight water intake restrictions and will be for the rest of his life, unless by some miracle.. he manages to get over this little neurosis of his, which is highly unlikely. the instance with the animal control officer set him backwards to the very beginning and put me on the floor again handfeeding him so he wouldnt starve himself. the officer refused to beleive me about his condition until i gave her my vets number to confirm, in her zealousness to tend to an "abused animal" she very nearly got him dead. people.. same as with anothers child that you know nothing about.. the same applies to anothers pets as well. as that child might possibly be deathly allergic to that seemingly harmless peanutbutter cookie.. someone elses pets may have things going on that you are clueless over, and you shouldnt take it upon yourselves to give them anything without speaking to their owners first.
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
10 May 08
A friend of mine used to have a cat that was, get this - allergic to milk. She was an outdoor cat, very pretty, very mannered, and knew just how to con the neighbours into giving her milk! She loved the taste - just couldn't keep it down. She'd find her way home and present the contents of her ill gotten treat all over the feet of my friend. Then the cat would be listless and miserable for a couple of days! You know those medic alert bracelets people wear? Well my friend's vet put one around the cat's neck with big black letters on the tag reading NO MILK. Within a week of wearing that 'necklace' around the neighbourhood, the cat started spending more time at home! She hardly ever goes out now. LOL I do agree with your post tessah. You really have to wonder sometimes,if people have the sense God gave a goat!
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@tessah (6621)
• United States
10 May 08
thats exactly what im talking about.. something as seemingly harmless as milk for a kitty, turns out to NOT be harmless! my wild thing cant seem to digest fish very well.. i didnt catch on right away and used to leave her the cans with leftover tuna on the back porch for her.. until i put the connection together that after id given her the fish.. id have to hose off my porch! so i dont give it to her anymore LOL but people really should think before they just hand over things to anothers children and pets. with a wandering animal that might be a possible stray.. i can see the mistakes made.. but these people came into my YARD.. had to go way around the back of my house.. where his lead is, where his mattress was (he now has a sofa to lounge on outside.. did i mention hes spoiled??) hes wearing a collar.. he belongs to ME without doubts.. and did this crap. next time im having them arrested for trespass!! ..;nod;..
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
10 May 08
Would you like to come and spoil me? LOL YOu can bring the wild thing - I don't bite back too hard. ROFL
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@tessah (6621)
• United States
10 May 08
sweetheart.. me being in yer home would last all of 24 hours, and thatd include me taking a nap after having exhausted myself from the slaughtering of yer soon to be ex and slapping you around for a bit ..;laughs;.. sides.. id be bringing alot more than just the dog and the wild thing.. ive got more critters, more critters on the way, and the sprite, not to mention Malliki, the sprite and Mal being ones i cant bear to be away from for more than a few hours at a time. stuff yerself into a box and ship yerself to }v{assachusetts.. THEN i'll spoil you!! it isnt england, but it is NEW england! good nuff?
10 May 08
You have a very good point here!! I think people assume dogs dont have allergies/illnesses and such!! I, myself wouldnt touch another persons pet unless I know the pet and owner. I would probably have a word with the owner. I would mention that it is a hot day and think the pet could do with some water. I wouldnt have just offered the dog some water like the woman did at the party. Dogs do gets abit of water intake with their food so will not dehydrate. Must have been hard handfeeding knowing that all he wants is water. Hopefully he will learn that he doesnt need water and food will feed his hungary tum!! Good luck x
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@tessah (6621)
• United States
10 May 08
hes only allowed 2 1/2 cups of water per day. ive upped it to 3 just to save myself having to constantly measure, and he gets a cup and half in the morning (only after hes finished his breakfast) and another cup and half at night when h comes in for bed. that doesnt sound like alot, but he really is just a little thing. on hotter days, obviously hes allowed a bit more so he doesnt get dehydrated.. so on those days, i add another 2 cups along with his afternoon snack. on days its rainy or theres snow around, i cant give him any at all.. cause when hes outside.. hes licking the grass.. and has his head back mouth open literally lapping at the air to get at more water. he really is a queer little psycho... and no, i cant keep him indoors, cause he cries and whines and wont stop because he wants to be outside with his wild thing buddy. im meticulous with his feeding schedule to keep him on track, and once a year for his reg vet visits and rabies shots i also get blood tests and other tests done to re-check his kidneys and everything to make sure all is well with the little booger. with everything i do everyday for his wellbeing.. it just irritates the crap out of me when others look down their noses and slap the neglectful stamp on my a55 on things they havent any clue about at all.
@ellie333 (21029)
10 May 08
Hi Tessa, absolutely agree with you 100% with this. It is manners to ask first anyway, but you do always get people that will take it upon themselves to sort. I am pleased to hear that Baskerville is in good health now after suffering from his addiction and being set back by the animal officer. I take it you are not on good terms now with this neighbour, I certainly wouldn't be and all they had to do was talk to you about how they felt first and you could have explained his condition rather than the animal rescue people having to get involved. Some people eh! Ellie :D
@ellie333 (21029)
10 May 08
Oh I really haven't got any patience with people like like, I'd have probably lost it and decked em by now or moved. Latter preferably otherwise I'd have another copper at the door! Ellie :D
@tessah (6621)
• United States
10 May 08
LOL theres no way im moving! this house.. this land.. has been in my husbands family for well over a hundred years. the patch of dirt i live on was given to my father in law by his father.. the house was built by his own two hands.. my husband was born here.. our daughter was born here.. in fact.. the house where The Cravits` live? is the sameland my husbands grandparents owned and is where my father in law was born! THEY can move!! and sell us the house soes the land comes back to this Clan where it originally was and belongs! lol
• United States
12 May 08
If he were my neighbor, he'd keep his nose to himself, or I'd rip it off and throw it in the bushes down the street! I had a neighbor like this once. Always negative, always giving lectures to people, (always drunk), and always had the cops patroling the neighborhood with his stupid little complaints. He always had the attitude that he was right and everyone else was as dumb as a brick, and God forbid you were a woman - you were too stupid to deserve to live, in his opinion. You'd think he owned the neighborhood, the way he acted. One day, I was tired of hearing his stupid lectures (as he was lecturing me about my headlights shining in his window as I was pulling in.) Like I could help that?! I told him, "so you want me to drive without them on? That makes a lot of sense... I can't help they're shining in your window whilst I turn into my driveway." Well, he didn't like that response, and came onto my property and got in my face, hollering and screaming and then he pushed me! I was shocked, and so I just stood there, thinking, "OMG... he didn't just do what I think he just did, did he?" He got in my face again and screamed, "What're you gonna do, little b*tch?" He had me by my shoulders like he was going to shove me, and so I got away somehow and ran inside and called the cops. He was right behind me, screaming, "You're gonna listen to me, b*tch! I'm sick and tired of your sh*t!" (I'm thiking, 'what sh*t could he possibly be tired of?') He was calling me the "c" word, and "f-ing" "b" word, and everything else! Luckily, my other neighbor was with me (we had just got back from shopping.) So she was my witness, and she ran across the street to her house to call the cops, too. Plus, 911 could hear him in the background screaming and carrying on. When the cops got there, he even got beligerent with them, telling them they were wrong (yeah - smooth move), and denying what happened. They saw through it and told him, "Sir! Calm down and don't raise your voice again, or you're going to jail! Our dispatcher heard you in the background on the call Ms._____ made." (He was also drunk in public, so they could've arrested him right there, anyway, and they made that clear to him, as well.) He finally shut up long enough for them to continue. Then they told him, "If we get another complaint that you've put your hands on her, or harassed her in any way - if you even come on her property to pick up a peice of debris - we'll be coming for you. You got that, sir?" He looked like a dog with his tail tucked between his legs after that. But as far as asking people first in regards to giving their pet or child treats, I didn't have to have this taught to me - it's common sense! Unfortunately, not a lot of people possess the sense God gave a goat (LOL good one, whoever wrote that before...) You never know what people (or pets) are allergic to, etc.
• United States
9 May 08
Aww, little Baskerville, he's so adorable. Sorry I had to get that out, I love hounds. That's so sad to hear about your struggle with his health, and stupid people nosing into others business ticks me off. They never know, but insist they know best. I have a 3 year old, who ended up with a very badly abcesed tooth. We didn't know it at the time, but she had been complaining of a sore tooth for a couple days. I cut off all sweets till we could get her into the dentist. A friend of mine always gave my kids candy, and just handed her a handful. Of course the 3 year old isn't going to turn candy down. And by the time I realized what had happened, she already had a mouth full. Needless to say she cried in pain for hours, and just a few days later we ended up with her in the hospital, being admitted for a severe infection.
@tessah (6621)
• United States
10 May 08
and im betting the response of "i didnt know!!" was handed over to you.. if people would ASK theyd KNOW!!!! a parent shouldnt have to put banners on their children with warnings written in neon of "alergic to...!" "cant have...!!" so that others dont accidentally make them sick. people should respect the boundaries of anothers home and family, and learn to ask before acting. hope everything worked out fine with yer little girl.. and hopefully this friend learned from it.
• United States
10 May 08
Close, her response was, "Oh I guess I should've asked huh?" Uh, yeah you really should have! She did learn, and now she asks before she gives my kids anything, even water..lol
• United States
3 Jul 08
Aww shucks...thanks for the br:)