Being a pet owner has to be one of the best things I could have done in my life. I learned responsibility, love, and compassion. All of my pets I’ve had my whole life, they’ve grown with me. But after years of going to vet appointments and volunteering, I’ve learned there are different types of pet owners, “the hoarders”, “puppy mill owners”, and “the ideal pet owner”. All of these are different examples of what to look for in crazy, unresponisible, pet owner. I’m sure everyone is aware of the television show on Animal Planet called “Animal Cops”.
The show highlights animal abuse due to inadequate pet owners. One of these pet owners I see all the time is “the hoarders”. They believe they can help animals by taking them in and “taking care of them”. But they never take them to the vet and get proper care for the animals. In some cases, it gets out of control the house is literally a dump. There’s garbage, feces, and urine covering the entire house. There are feral animals running everywhere. In some cases, the investigators remove 60+ animals from a single residence. And the house and animal owners think they’re doing nothing wrong.
Some of these people have health or psychological problems. They also loose they’re homes due to the unlivable conditions. They also have a court order never to own animals again. The animals at “the hoarder” house are usually infested with fleas, emaciated, heart worm, and other under lying health issues. Some of these animals are usually humanly euthanized because the animal is too sick and save. It’s really sad when people can take animals to shelters if they can’t take care of them instead of letting them die in their house.
Another pet owner is the “puppy mill owner”. These operations are fully legal, but there are major under lying issues people don’t know about. I have recently adopted a pug from a rescue, she was used for breeding. The woman who rescued her didn’t know how many litters she had. She has no records of her life; we don’t even know how old she is. She’s missing several teeth and her canine teeth were actually filed down so she couldn’t bite. Her whole life, until now was living in a cage with a wire bottom. So her feet are now so spread out, her feet look squished.
When I first got her she would stay in one spot of the house and just spin in tight circles and wouldn’t venture to any other place of the house. She didn’t know how to be a dog. I’ve had her since July, and she’s completely changed. She’s playing with my other pug and running around and acting like a dog now. She still has some issues with trusting people, and she’s now terrified of dog kennels and crates. So now, she’s living the rest of her life in peace and harmony. These “puppy mill owners” breed they’re dogs in confined areas and the animals do suffer from health problems.
There are issues with cross breeding and that causes the puppies to have genetic problems, such as missing eyes, neurological damage, etc. The “puppy mill owners” usually do not let people come to their properties to see the animals. They bring their “product” to pet stores so they can make a profit. That’s all puppies and dogs are to them. They don’t want to love the animals; they breed, sell, and get paid. The last pet owner is “the ideal pet owner”. This is the pet owner that absolutely LOVES their pet. They take them to the vets and get the proper vaccinations and basic pet care needs.
These people see their pet as a member of the family. The pet doesn’t have to be a pure breed, even if the dog’s a hodge-podge of several breeds, the pet is loved equally. A dog is supposed to jump up and bark and act excited when they see their owner come home from school or work. It shows respect and love. It’s almost like them saying, “Oh welcome home! Let’s play! I want to play fetch and run and have fun with you! ” Training and treat giving shows tolerance and understanding to the dogs. The best this a pet owner can do is just be there for their pet.
So, “the hoarders”, “puppy mill owners”, and “the idea pet owners” have differences. Hoarders and mill owners have no respect for their animals and act like animals themselves. Hoarders try to save the animals, but at the same time, make their life and the animals’ lives into a living hell. The mill owners do not show any love to the animals they own. They see nothing but money. The ideal pet owners love and care for their animals. Animals don’t have a voice, but sometimes the ideal pet owners and the law needs to be the voice of the animals. They need the right kind of love!