Gosh, I just hate some pet owners. Their selfishness and lack of concern flabbergasts me. Even some owners who love their pets to death are sometimes neglectful.
Yesterday around 5pm I had a beautiful cocker spaniel placed in my care for 6 weeks. He is an absolute sook and loves people (hates cats though!). This boy is a regular visitor to my home and I believe I know him quite well. No, stuff it, I know him really well.
After the owner told me how busy he had been doing media stories and photo shoots for the past couple of days (this person is not famous) he mentioned in passing his dog had been shaking his head since having a haircut. Owner thinks there is either water or fur irritating CS but said it appears to be settling down.
Settling down! B***shit! Poor CS was as quiet as a mouse last night and though he came out of the laundry for a smooch this morning he put himself back into bed. This is not normal behaviour for this dog. Last night, though he ate his dinner, it was like watching grass grown and not usual for this beautiful boy who usually wolfs his dinner down hoping to then steal a bit of someone else's. This dog is sick.
I don't get how this owner could go away for over a month without first taking his dog to the vet. It is totally neglectful in my opinion. And totally selfish to just assume it is okay to place the cost, time and responsibility onto me. If the dog is in my care and BECOMES sick then there is no question as to my responsibilities - part of the job. But at the end of the day I am not the owner just the carer and a dog should be well when placed in my care. I would never, ever treat any of my pets or wildlife like this.
The poor bloody dog must be in such pain and will got to the vets today. But to be honest it totally p***sses me off. Though it is not the dogs fault, I spent Monday and tuesday at the Childrens Hospital and yesterday spent four hours on an animal rescue with Council and RSPCA help and it all went terribly wrong at the end - it was not the outcome I wanted (won't go into it or I will cry AGAIN). Lets hope what dog has is just an ear infection and not contagious and he will feel better sooner rather than later.
This owner knows I will do the right thing as I previously had to care for his sons dog who was unwell. I feel he has taken advantage of me.
His son's dogs story is just as bad. The family was going to Borneo and the dog got sick the day before hand. Took him to the vets, dog had injection, then the brought him to me and told me at drop off. Within 24 hours (not a minute sooner or later) of having that injection this poor boy was vomiting and had diorrehea. He had to be isolated from other dogs, he was scarred, sick and very, very upset. He was on medication every 4 hours and I have the scars to show from where he bit me in distress. This went on for 10 days.
My terms and conditions state owners must FORE WARN me of any illness and I reserve the right to not take the dog. I think this is why they don't tell me - in case I pull the pin on the mind at the last minute and inconvenience them in some way! Their dog's wellbeing does not seem to come before their holiday. I wish I had the guts to pull the pin but then I worry who will care for the dog, will he/she get vet attention, I think the dog knows me so if he is unwell it is probably better for the dog to be with me than a stranger, etc, etc. Maybe I need to stop thinking I am the be all and end all and these dogs couldn't receive appropriate care from someone else. So maybe this is all my fault.
I am really proud of my little business and I used to love my job. I have had this business running for 8 years on word of mouth. I do not advertise and already have bookings for next year so I must be doing something right - and I am not cheap. But I am just at the point where I am exhausted by the owners NOT THE DOGS! Last year I had a dog euthanised who was in my care after the owner left him with me sick. She never bothered to take him to the vets and he had chronic kidney failure. It was one of the worst moments of my life . These people don't understand that each incident just pushes me into shutting the business down - I am on the brink. It is no wonder I prefer animals over the majority of humans. We are generally an awful bunch - present company excluded.
Fingers crossed this dear little man is okay. I am soooo filthy on the owner I am thinking of sending him both a text and email to say his dog is sick and hopefully ruin his holiday. But the truth is I don't think he would really care too much or his dog would have already seen a vet. The week can only get better. I know I am sounding like a real whinger and some of you may be thinking "1st world problem" but I just can't articulate how much despair I feel when an animal is not treated in what I think is an appropriate way.