While doing some cleaning here, I found the "owner surrender" sheet that the idiot who dropped my Belle off at the dog pound filled out two years ago. This is a sheet where they ask all sorts of questions about the dog and the dog's history and habits. It says right on there: "BE HONEST".
So I'm looking at it. Guy claimed that he had her for four years, and that he wasn't her first owner. He said that she was exclusively an outside dog and was not housebroken. He said that she only had "basic" obedience training.
Well one of the first things that I noticed about Belle was that her "house manners" were far better than Murphy's were, once we got over the basic "I'm marking this as mine" bit. Also, she had what appeared to have been some really good obedience training once, as she took right to the leash and behaved better on it than Murphy did (and still does.) Her "Sit", "Down", and "Heel" responses were fantastic right out of the gate, and if this guy who dropped her off never worked with her, it was clear that someone did once.
Then we get to some other questions.
"Does she jump fences?" Liar said no. Belle lives to escape her pen and she's still doing it semi-regularly.
"Does she get into the garbage?" Again, dude marked "no", but history has shown that she will do it every chance that she gets. If she's not escaping, she'd probably plotting to get the trash.
"Does she have a favorite toy?" Guy put "Ball". Belle has never so much as glanced at any ball I've ever offered her and when I throw them, she looks at me as if to say "Nice throw! How you going to get it back now?" The only time she ever wants a ball is if Murphy has one, then she tries to take it just to screw with him.
"Does she have any health problems?" He put "No". I guess that's true if you don't count the heartworm and lyme disease that she had when I took her.
On the bottom of the sheet, he wrote: "Great pet!!"
Well if that was the case, why'd you abandon her at the pound, and threaten to shoot her or put her out by the side of the road if the pound wouldn't waive the surrender fee?
She is a great pet, though. Hard to believe that it's only been two years since she came to join the pack.
Love ya, Miss Memphis Belle. You sure weren't cheap, but you were definitely worth it.