caught an ad in the local press about a Siberian Husky looking for rescue. I figured - what the hell - and drove to PAWS in Tinley Park with Spirit to see if I was going to get a second dog. On the way there, I saw to my amazement a dog that looked exactly like spirit - only thirty pounds heavier. I pulled over and stopped to talk to the owner Turns out down the street a family owns a Alaskan Malamute that’s one and a half years old. My Mom keeps telling me Spirit is big, but Damn… She’d be terrified by that dog.
The dog was exactly like Spirit in nature too, so it seems Spirit’s play network will be extending again.
Anyway - I made it to Tinley and they had me fill out a form. I answered all the questions, then they asked me if I had Spirit Surgically altered.
I asked why, she gave me the same bullshit about not placing surgically altered dogs that needed rescue with non surgically altered dogs.
I blew up. I said “Well then, I guess my only alternative is to drive over to “happiness is Pets” and get a puppy that’s not surgically altered.” She said “No, don’t do that - get your dog neutered.” I said “in two years I will. But I want another dog now”.
After going back and forth, she didn’t want me to buy from a “puppy farm” but from a breeder if I wasn’t going to neuter spirit.
You see kennels and “Save Spots” begging all the time for money, and crying about all the dogs that are put down because there’s no space, and “responsible ownership” (meaning that a spay or neuter is the only definition of responsible ownership) would rather NOT give you the dog to “punish you” because that will convince everyone to surgically alter their dogs right then and there…
So I ask you. From the Kennels point of view - If I want a second dog to be around Spirit, what would be better? Rescuing a spayed bitch from an overloaded Rescue Kennel to give another spot to another dog that needs rescue - knowing that the spayed bitch could not be bred to make more puppies?
Telling me no, so that I go to a puppy farm to buy an un-spayed bitch that will eventually have puppies?
Spirit will be having the neuter surgery when he’s five. By that time, he’ll be mature, and won’t be needing nature to help him develop. Anyone who thinks that’s wrong - look up “Castrato” and argue your point from how castrations don’t change little boys.
I understand the intent behind the rule, but the rule changes more than it fixes. I WILL be going to a pet seller and buying an unspayed bitch. I would not be if I could of rescued a sibe today.
Anyway - On the way home I took him to a friends house, who wanted Spirit to mark all of his yard to chase off raccoons. Which was funny, cause when Spirit marked his backyard with something other than pee - he got all bent out of shape