Puppy Love

I mentioned on Monday Listicles that I had a photo session on Sunday at the local dog shelter.

Honestly, I was not going to write a post about it in fear I get all preachy or sappy or just plain political. It is hard not to get emotional and involved listening to Karen telling you stories of abuse and neglect these poor dogs have gone through. Really hard to say good bye and drive home without one if not all of them. I mean just look at these faces, full of love and happiness:


But all this made me think. And I wanted to say thank you. To you all who have a dog, love it and take care of it. Doesn’t matter if you saved it from a shelter or purchased it from a respectable breeder, found it in a street or fell in love with it at a store. Important thing is that you gave it home, care and the life that it deserves. I have no doubt you got tenfold in return!

There is an even bigger thank you I wanted to say. To all of you who put thought into getting a dog and choose against it. To all who considered the time, effort and money it takes to have a pet. Who honestly examined your life and realized your apartment is not big enough, your job is too hectic, you don’t make enough to feed another mouth, you don’t want to pick up poop and vacuum dog hair, you want to be able to go on a long vacation and not worry about Fido being left behind. To all of you parents who realized that puppy is not just for Christmas, that it takes much more commitment then getting a million likes on Facebook to raise and take care of an animal. One that might see it’s 15th birthday unable to reach the backyard before it pees, long after your children are partying in college. To all who stood your ground, no matter how much it hurts seeing your child’s sad face when you tell them no.

It takes as much courage to choose against having a dog as it does to take on one. If everyone made an educated decision before purchasing a pet shelters would not be full of unloved dogs who face being euthanized every day! So give yourself a pat on the back. Sometimes being the ‘bad guy’ is the best thing to do. And if you have a dog, go grab that leash. Let him take you for a walk. It is a gift many don’t have!

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  1. Belanna January 30, 2013 at 10:53 #

    Beautifully written, Staša. It made me cry. You are so right, so damn right indeed.

    Ours is a rescue dog, he was about a year old when he came living with us, already missing one of his rib bones. All because some parents gave their child a puppy and forgot all about it the next day! Can you imagine, for a whole year he didn’t even have a proper name? He was simply called “kuža”. And sadly, he was abused and still bears the scars.

  2. Michelle January 30, 2013 at 11:23 #

    Twitter: ltlindian
    I love how #7 is smiling! Great photos and a great message. :)
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  3. Reeta @ Happywitchie January 30, 2013 at 11:52 #

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    This is so touching.
    I’m in Dubai where expats make up around 90% of the population. There’s hardly any education about responsible dog ownership and many people “dump” their pets when it’s time to move back to their home country.
    On the positive side, there are active individuals and small groups trying to make a difference.
    Thank you for a great message.
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  4. Rorybore January 30, 2013 at 12:16 #

    Twitter: rorybore
    Bravo Stasha! so well said.,
    our kids are driving us crazy for a pet right now….but we are standing firm because we know it is just not the right time for our family yet.
    They will have to be content with the goldfish for now.
    Thank you for sharing this.
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  5. Madeleine January 30, 2013 at 12:38 #

    Twitter: amazonmad
    What a great post, and beautiful photos!

    My kids keep asking when we’ll get a dog, and as much as I can see the beauty in the love and companionship of dog, I feel just now is not the right time. Too many little factors add up to it not being ideal, and not fair on a dog. I look forward to a time when we do have one as part of our family, though :)
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  6. Alison January 30, 2013 at 17:51 #

    Twitter: AlisonSWLee
    I love that you thanked those who know better than to get a dog, knowing full well that it will not be a lifelong relationship.

    Because it is, pet ownership, it’s lifelong.

    Love the pictures!
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  7. [email protected] January 30, 2013 at 18:48 #

    Twitter: bestillaminute
    I don’t get on my soap box about many things but this subject never fails to fire me up. So THANK YOU for taking those beautiful photos and writing this post!
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  8. Bridget January 30, 2013 at 21:35 #

    Twitter: twinisms
    Amazing post Stasha! You’re so right, it is a hard decision that too many people take lightly!
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  9. Barbara January 31, 2013 at 00:37 #

    Twitter: babspinfrance
    Such a beautiful post and beautiful pictures. It truly is a decision that one should not take lightly.
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  10. [email protected] Mom January 31, 2013 at 06:08 #

    Twitter: copilotmom
    Love those photos, Stasha! You said it so well. It is big decision, no matter whether you decide to bring a pet into your family or not. It is a lifelong commitment.

  11. lisacng January 31, 2013 at 06:49 #

    Twitter: lisacng
    These pooches sure are cute, great captures! It must have been hard to not take one home b/c I’m sure their stories are so sad :(. It breaks my heart when I watch shows like animal police about neglected animals. Makes me mad. I like that you “thanked” both dog owners and those who chose against one b/c of the time and responsibility. You know, people put so much thought into having/not having kids because they know they can’t “just give it away”. I wish people would realize that about dogs too! Great post!
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  12. Ally January 31, 2013 at 07:39 #

    Twitter: normalmomally
    Oh Stasha. Thank you for this honest, insightful, intelligent post. And for doing the pictures! It’s all I can do to keep from getting in my car to go adopt one. Of course, I’ve got my rescue dog and she fills me with happiness every day :)
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  13. Jessica January 31, 2013 at 14:20 #

    Twitter: goaliej54
    Beautiful post and photos! I have to explain to my son everyday why we cannot get a dog (we are not home during the day) and he’s sad about it, but he’s happy to be able to visit other dogs. It just makes life better for everyone. I can’t keep a dog in a crate all day. Plus, we love our two cats, who were rescue animals. :)

  14. ava February 1, 2013 at 02:23 #

    Twitter: ava812
    Beautiful post Stasha!
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  15. Southern Angel February 1, 2013 at 11:24 #

    My animals are my family. My furbabies sleep with us and know that I have their back. My children know they are responsible for helping care for them and water and feed them daily. I have a soft spot for pits because they do have such a bad rap. You had pics of a few I would love to bring home with me, but I fear we would no longer be able to sleep in our bed if we add them.
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  16. Julia Spencer February 3, 2013 at 07:27 #

    It’s a pity that sometimes people buy dogs or just take them from the streets, and then leave them in some time. I think that if a person isn’t sure in this decision, then it’s better not to do it.
    Special thanks to you for these photos, all the dogs are so sincere and very pretty)

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  17. mateja February 5, 2013 at 05:15 #

    Beautiful photos ! and.. yes, you’re so right.
    Have a dog is a big responsibility.
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