Sunday, March 13, 2011

Sassy Sunday (3-13-11) Sassy Smiles

Hello Everyone.  Sassy here for another addition of Sassy Sunday.  I'm thinking about rescued dogs today. In a sense I was rescued.  I had a family that had an allergic member so I went to live with someone else.  They had another dog that didn't like me, so I went to live with someone else.  Those people thought a young puppy was too much work so they didn't want me.  Then one day I went to live with my new family and they have loved me ever since.

Some dogs are not so lucky.  And if they end up in Animal Control, for whatever reason, they have little chance of getting out.
I'm afraid if I ever ended up in Animal Control I'd have a hard time getting out too.  See, if the animal control officer thinks you are at all vicious, they put you down.  And I tend to smile when I'm happy or nervous.  Here is what I look like when I'm smiling.
I was smiling at one of my "kids" when Barb snapped this picture.  I do this whenever one of my people comes home.  I wag my tail too, but apparently, I still look scary to people who don't know me.  So I'd have little chance at animal control.

Ginger also would have little chance.
See how sweet she looks in this picture?  But she's afraid of people, particularly men, that she doesn't know.  She shows all the classic signs of a "fear-biter".  And she has tried to bite men who have come into the yard.  The people at animal control would not put up with this.  They'd get a muzzle on her and put her down right away.  That's why she has a leash on.  We have an invisible fence, but she scares people by charging the fence when they run or walk by and often they don't know she'll stop.

I don't think Chili would have a problem at animal control.
Chili on her one-eyed bear
She loves everyone and I'm sure she'd make it out alive.

By working with foster dogs Barb has also learned that when someone surrenders a dog to animal control, he is usually put down right away.  See, animal control will keep a stray for 7 days (more or less) to see if an owner claims him.  But if the animal is surrendered by the owner, they know no one is looking for him.  So they usually put them down to make room for other animals.
There is a guy at animal control that will call our favorite rescue if a dog comes in that he thinks is "highly adoptable".  But that doesn't always happen.

Well, I overheard Barb saying it would be a good day to go to the dog park.  So I'm off to get ready.  Thanks for stopping by today!


Ed said...

Not sure thats a smile as much as a "Don't fuck with me" look.

Oskar said...

What a great post. It's really interesting and sad to know what happens at those places.

Thank you for reaching out to us, it meant so much!

Nubbin wiggles & hugs,
Oskar & Pam

sophie...^5 said...

This sounds mighty scarey...I really am dumbfounded about this whole thing. Almost, sounds hopeless!