What were they thinking!?!?

United States
August 23, 2009 7:35pm CST
I am a member of the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary website, and I am always looking through they're adoptable animals--falling in love them most/all of them! I wish I could take them home with me, but I can't--at least not right now. But my point of this discussion was one dog I came across. A BEAUTIFUL sleek black dog. She is gorgeous and looks very sweet...now here's the kicker. She was surrendered by her family AFTER the dog protected them from bad guys!!!!!!!!!! I mean, what the heck! Why would you get rid of a dog after she protected you!?!?!? What's wrong with people??
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
24 Aug 09
I watch the show as well. It comes after the Dog Whisperer and I have to speculate that after protecting the family, the family were probably afraid that some night they would wake up and find that the hoods had poisoned their dog. So they were no doubt saving the dog. You have to think from other angles other then they were very mean people. After all the bad guys probably knew what the dog looked like, and they would have harmed her.
@snowcat46 (2322)
• United States
26 Aug 09
Some of the people have come up with a decent reason, like protecting the dog from hoods who want to hurt you by hurting the dog. I have an overprotective dog. He's my pup (even though he's already a year old). He sleeps with me, and is very protective. That being said, I am in fear of having to get rid of him. He is over-protective. Everything is a threat to me at night according to him. No other dog is allowed to enter the room, he's even growled at my hubs. That's not allowed, but he doesn't want to learn that. He's usually evicted after a growl like that, but he still does it every night. (He is a stubborn little mutt!) My hubs loves me, so he's tolerant of my bad boy. He's even spending more time with the dog, and my dog just adores him. But he still goes off at night. I worry what will happen when he gets old and really psycho. It's gonna break my heart to lose my little psycho, but he keeps trying to start fights with things way bigger than him. (Everything is bigger than him, except cats) Maybe their dog got a lot worse too? I always rush home, to make sure he's alright. He's always trying to push the other dogs around! One of these days... I dread it, I really do.
• United States
27 Aug 09
What kind of dog do you have? Usually the sanctuary has that kind of information on a dog...if it was too overprotective or showed aggression towards anyone/anything. They aren't afraid of telling people why the dog is there, so the person who adopts the dog isn't surprised by anything, and brings it right back.
@snowcat46 (2322)
• United States
9 Sep 09
He's just a mutt. The mother belongs to hub's sister. She's an ugly looking sheepdog type, except about knee high. The fathers had to have been a variety, since the 2 brothers look nothing alike. Mine has lots of feathers on his legs, like a retriever, but he acts more like a terrier type. When he's trying to dig out a mouse, he won't give up. You have to drag him away. With all his problems, even hubs has to admit he's better about it than the brother. When the bro was dominant, he'd just fly at whatever and try to kill it. I feel much safer with mine being dominant. He gives fair warning, and more, before acting on his grouchiness.
• United States
10 Sep 09
This isn't the pup in your avatar picture is it? With the little santa? That is a really cute puppy! :) I would feel better with a protective dog too. It doesn't mean that they can't be lovable and goofy--but I just want them to know the difference between a harmless person and a "bad guy." Your pup doesn't seem to know the difference 100% :P But at least you know he'd kick any intruders butt! lol
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@MsTickle (24994)
• Australia
29 Aug 09
The dog probably attacked the bad guys so the family figure...gee, she could turn on us someday. Now the poor doggy is gone from the family and home that she loves. She is obviously very intelligent so must be feeling very sad and confused right now.
• United States
30 Aug 09
That defeniatly seems logical, but if my dog ever attacked a bad guy I would never be worried about her attacking me. Her protection just shows more love towards me. I hike with my dog every morning, and I hope she'd attack a bad guy if one showed up! lol. She would be spoiled for the rest of her life!!!
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@MsTickle (24994)
• Australia
30 Aug 09
I don't think those (stoopid) people gave their dog any credit for how clever she is.
• United States
31 Aug 09
She's a good girl for protecting her family...I wonder if it was a human in the family that protected them if they would get rid of them and stop hanging around them (I dont think so!) I would scoop this girl up in a second if I had the chance.
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
24 Aug 09
You got me curious so before I answered this I checked Best Friends...is this the dog you were talking about? http://adoptions.bestfriends.org/Default.aspx?SR=True&N=4294967262+4294967274&Ne=27&No=4 It could be that maybe Missy (or whichever dog it was you were looking at) may have been "too" protective and maybe even was aggressive to the family especially if there were children involved
• United States
24 Aug 09
No, that isn't the dog I was talking about--the one I saw didn't have anything in her info about being overprotective or aggressive towards the family. Let me see if I can find her again... http://adoptions.bestfriends.org/Default.aspx?SR=True&N=4294967262+4294967274+4294967270&Ne=11&No=11 There she is!
@sehlers (166)
• United States
24 Aug 09
Oh, what a gorgeous girl! It says she lost her home long ago. I wonder how long she's been up for adoption. Gosh I hope someone adopts her. If my own home situation wasn't so unstable right now and I was closer, I'd love to have her.
• United States
24 Aug 09
Yes she is beautiful! She's 8 now, and I believe she was younger when she was surrendered...so i'm GUESSING she's probably been at the sanctuary for 5-6 years! :( That's one thing I like about Best Friends--they'll adopt animals to people out of state. So if I dont get a job there I can still get the animals I have fallen in love with! :)
@DavidReedy (2411)
• United States
24 Aug 09
A)there could have been circumstances were just not aware of, financial, etc., that made it hard for them to keep him/her or B)maybe some people are just thoughtless, selfish, and inconsiderate. (Shrug).
@sehlers (166)
• United States
24 Aug 09
This is true, David. I met a wonderful dog last year who was given up due to divorce and having to move. I myself am struggling to hang on to my house post-divorce and am really worried that if I lose my house I won't be able to find a place to live that will allow my dog. But, then again, I've also seen people who move out of a house or apartment and just set their pet outside and drive away. That's horrible.
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• United States
24 Aug 09
yeah, the major point is, without all the facts (in regard to anything) we can't really come to any realistic or fair conclusion. Finances, homelife, a recent disability in the family--many things could influence their decision... On the other hand, we don't know that there isn't anything wrong, and it's possible these people are just sots... We can't know.
@sehlers (166)
• United States
24 Aug 09
That's really sad. The only thing I can think of is that maybe the family thinks the dog may become dangerous now and bite random people, so they don't want the liability. I can't imagine any other reason they'd get rid of the dog. If it were my dog, it'd be getting some pretty big treats for a while.
• United States
24 Aug 09
I see what you're saying, but I can't believe someone would actually think that... A dog protecting her family is probably LESS likely to turn on them--her protection shows even more love for them. She's a good dog--And I'm with you--I would spoil my dog forever if she protected me. (I spoil my animals anyways! lol)
• Philippines
1 Sep 09
After reading your post, that is also the question that pooped out in my mind. what were this people thinking knowing this dog is so usefl it even save them from bad people. Maybe for them to avoid that incident to occur again they have to return the dog, but i think that is unreasonable.If I were them I will adopt many dogs if that is the case. I will treat the dogs as my bodyguard. They are so vague, I don't get it!
• Canada
25 Aug 09
I train dogs, see this happening all the time. Man's best friend saves owner from fire, later dog was brought to the humane society.SOME, People just don't care about their animals enough any more to keep them. More and more animals r getting abused . More older dogs r being placed for adoption, not just 1-2 or 3 year old dogs, I am seeing dogs 6 -7 - 8 year old dogs being set out to pasture. This was unheard of , now nothing is sacred, man's best friend no longer...A sad begining to a bad ending... because these poor things will in most cases , be euthanized.. REMEMBER ALWAYS LUV/CARE FOR YOUR DOG/ PET, THEY WILL ALWAYS LUV AND B LOYAL TO U..
@smileonstar (4013)
• United States
24 Aug 09
Hello I love pet so much and I never get rid of them. I always love dogs the most and they are so smart. I will feel bad if people let them go like that.