Quick Rant...

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AHHH. Found this on CL this morning: "Okay, so like I used to have a lab puppy but it ran away.. I really want one. I'm only 15 so I don't have that much money..;c I just want a dog. " 

This makes me so unnatureally angry. Not because she's a teenager, not because she probably doesn't have enough money (or brains)to care for a dog, but because she is so flippin careless!!! Lately I've been so troubled by how our society has fallen, how so many people don't care to do a days hard work for that nice TV they own, but instead soak up other people's money and time. I've grown up by the words "He who does not work does not eat", and I have always DESIRED to be entrepreneurial and worked for myself. The idea that anyone else would pay for my every wish when I was an adult was (is) outrageous!! I'm not saying we should help the poor and needy at all, but so many in the US titled "poor" are not at all NEEDY. They have healthy bodies (if they'd shed the obesity) and able minds. WHY?! It doesn't help that I'm actively studying economics, and this year's upcoming presidential election isn't looking fantastic (when is it, right? HA) 

This just was just a match in an oil tank I guess. They are so many people like she who posted the craiglist ad. I have a mind to respond to her, but maybe I just shouldn't. Sorry guys, but there is your rant for the day. :/ Happy New Year!

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You xhould respond... There's no telling where she's gonna get a dog from, it's better to hurt her feelings and make her think twice than for her to get a pup and potentially have it end up in a shelter or "run away". JMHO

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Abigail...I love love L-O-V-E your "This just was just a match in an oil tank I guess"

You are so right and I can only write it off as ignorance and youth.. ( kind of goes together sometimes)

Not trying to be snarky, there's  a lot of us who have a passion for our fur-kids... and if not directed in the proper way as youngsters, would not know the huge responsibility connected with owning one of these precious creatures.

I urge you to

1.) take a deep breath

2.) think about how you can positively guide this kid

3.) write it out

4.) edit

5.) SEND

If written in the proper way, you might be able to not only save a pup from that oil tank, but possibly instill some much needed information...

Thank you for ranting.. Love you, and Happy New Year right back

Kate and Sofia

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Alright, I'll try, I just don't want to turn her completely off. I'm not afraid of hurting her feelings, but coming along side and counseling would most likely profit in the long run (as much as I'd like to give her "what-for" ). 

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Argh...this is so disgruntling. How would you start off something like that? Straight up telling her why the idea is bad, first explaining exactly what goes into caring puppies, talk to her about byb's and  why dogs end up in shelters (It's too guilting, I don't like it), or...I'd be comfortable writing it like a three-point essay, but that will be too long. Darn humans and their petty ways! 

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Start off with a compliment.. ( arrgg.. that's always the hardest) tell her how much you admire her passion and desire for a dog, tell her you "know she'll make a wonderful parent someday and 'someday is the operative word here." The go in to all the things she's going to have to give up to care for the pup... proms, vacations etc...sacrificing her allowance... etc etc. 

Now darlin' bear in mind, she just might be a troll looking for this kind of attention.. ( we just ran one off from this forum yesterday) and they're everywhere.

If you feel her post was sincere.... sure.. why not go for it.. if you think it was all a ruse to get some attention.....

go for that cooking sherry you have hidden under your kitchen sink...

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There are so many things that could be said. Alright, well, how is this? 

 

"Hey there, Vanessa!

 
I recently read your ad on Craigslist, http://sacramento.craigslist.org/pet/2780692359.html. First off, it's great that you want to get a dog; I think you'll make a fantastic parent someday. Now, let me give you some advise. Dogs are intricate creatures, very different from us humans. They require different care and training. They communicate differently. Some of the things dogs most require from us is time, commitment, work, money, and love. If you give them that, they will be your companions forever. Sadly, so many people don't realize what owning a dog means, nor do they understand what they will have to sacrifice for that. Do you know why there are millions of dogs killed in shelters every year? Because people who have good hearts for dogs go out and buy them, or take them off of someone on CL, and don't know what they need to give up for that dog. Especially puppies! Puppies require a lot of work, time, commitment, and money. Money, not only for buying the dog, but also caring for it's monthly expenses like food, flee preventative, toys and treats. Don't forget vet bills. For this you'll probably have to give up all your allowance or work money, which means you can't buy those fun things like clothes, music, whatever. You'll have to give up time. Partying with your friends, Prom, vacations, hanging out, maybe even Homecoming, etc. Now, dogs can live up to 10+ years old. Do you really think you'll want the responsibility of a dog when you're out at college, or whatever you plan on doing in the next ten years. It's very difficult to be a student or a working adult and have the responsibility of a dog. 
 
For now, I urge you to wait on this. If you have a passion for dogs and animals, then maybe see if you can volunteer with a local rescue group or shelter. Start a dog-walking/dog-sitting business! Helping dog's in need is one of the greatest ways to make a difference, anywhere! Become educated on how dog's work, dog training and behavior. I would love to help you in that way or in whatever way I can, as dog's are my passion too. I hope to hear from you, and hope you make the right choice, for yourself, and for dogs everywhere. :-)" 
 
 
There is a huge chance this person is a troll, and if they are, I only wasted about 20 minutes of my life. But hey, it was a brain exercise, right? 
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Sounds like it'll work. I would def send it. It will get her thinking.  Good work!!

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Awesome Abigail.. I just love it.. I encourage you to send it and let's send a prayer along with it.. that maybe.. if not Vanessa.. it might reach someone else who needs to read it..

Thank you for your concern and great way with words..!!

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Abigail---it sounds perfect!

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Thank you for your encouragement and help, I hope this does something profitable. You guys are becoming great friends, I really appreciate you. Good day to Lady Kate, The Diva, Skye, and Ziva!

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You might add that she could volunteer at a shelter.  That might open her eyes.