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Pass the Puppy

Disclaimer: In the interest of not having this post come back and slap me, all names and identifying features have been changed. The story itself is true.

Hogan bought a 6-week-old puppy. A puggle to be exact. A designer mutt for whom she paid $800. While it is highly unethical to be charging such prices for mutts, it is what the market will bear and this is a capitalist country even when living creatures and genetic experiments are involved.

That isn’t the point of this post.

Hogan has multiple scleroses that to date has shown only mild symptoms that cause her to have difficulty walking. This is not a new condition. She was clearly aware of it when she bought the puppy. She brought the puppy home and the situation became clear. She was not physically able to take the puppy out with the frequency needed to house-train it. She could not get on the floor to play with the little creature. In fact, she hardly let the little guy walk around. She scooped it up in her arms and carried it everywhere. And she didn’t smile about it either!

Within a week, Hogan called the breeder and told her it wouldn’t work out. The breeder agreed to refer buyers to her and assured her that someone would buy the puppy at full price.

Here are the points that are nagging at my brain:

  • Hogan was aware of her physical condition before venturing into puppymomdom
  • She was also aware of the puppy’s needs
  • A legitimate breeder would take the puppy back & give a full refund
  • The puppy could have spent the last week with someone who could bond with it and keep it

The situation probably wouldn’t bother me so much if I thought the puppy’s time with Hogan was a positive, socializing experience. Instead, he probably spent a week wondering why his mum wasn’t with him anymore and needing so much that this sourpuss didn’t have to offer.

What I truly don’t understand is why anyone would purchase a puppy, not on impulse on a street corner, not a love-at-first-sight from a shelter, knowing all the facts and knowing she couldn’t care for it. What is Hogan looking for in this situation?


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