Sunday, November 29, 2015

Has it really been two years already?

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.

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  1. ""Does she jump fences?" Liar said no."
    Well, technically she digs under, right?

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    1. She does both. She's an equal opportunity fence breacher.

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  2. Under talents, "escape artist", should have been at the top of the list. But then if she had no spirit, no personality, and just laid about listlessly, would that REALLY be what you wanted?

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    1. Spirit and personality. She has these.

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    2. The fence hopping is a game now, that you play with her. Get gets attention from you (even negative attention) and she's in competition to see who can get the most.

      I had a dog like her and I put her in the back yard on a long tether. Sadly it was too long and she jumped the fence and hung herself. I still blame myself. I could have measured better, I could have done a lot of things, but I didn't. I have to live with regret.

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  3. Hey Murphy;

    Dang, it has been 2 years...? I remember when you brought her home from the pound to join the pack and give Murphy an accomplice when he does some of the off the wall things he has done. I remember you ralking how afraid of her own shadow poor Belle was and it showed that some douche has mistreated her in the past. You have talked since then about her escapades along with Murphy to the merriment of my son whom loves the "Murphy/Belle stories...and the occasional wish for peaceful hamsters. Face it, despite the "Cooler Queen" antics you wouldn't trade her for nothing.

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    1. Oh, no. She's a keeper, and I'll never get rid of either her or Murphy. Just don't tell them that.

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  4. It was meant to be, Murph!

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  5. We are all thankful that he surrendered her so you could make her a really happy home. I can't believe old owner threatened to shoot her due to a "fee". Once again another moron blaming their own incompetence on someone or something else and making it their fault. What a dick. She's soooo much better off.

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  6. She is a darling. And he should never be allowed a pet again.

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  7. And she's kinda calmed you and Murphy both down... Kinda... :-)

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  8. And much better than a hamster!!

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  9. Love your fur babies!!! Love the stories you are able to write about them. Life would be boring without them to get into mischief.

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  10. She's a gorgeous dog, is Belle... But then so is Lagniappe (long may his memory live...) and Murphy. Lucky dogs.. Lucky you.

    Too many ellipses. But you understand. Does my heart good to know there are angels in the world.

    Fair Winds,

    Cap'n Jan

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