INSTOW, England — Adopting a dog is a huge decision and commitment that most people take very seriously. Last Friday, a columnist for the U.K.’s Daily Mail made a shocking confession that she admitted to buying adorable puppies, and then giving them away when they were no longer cute and small.
Shona Sibary admitted to rehoming four dogs in four years. Despite spending hundreds of pounds on them, she discards them as soon as they out-grow that cute puppy phase and prove to be too inconvenient.
In her column, Sibary describes the rehoming of Juno, her family’s husky puppy who started being able to leap over her a six foot fence, and to dig holes in the yard.
“Juno was looking up at me so beseechingly I almost changed my mind. Almost. But as she and her new owners drove away that afternoon in June 2012, with Juno staring accusingly out of the back window, I felt nothing but relief. You see, I already had my eye on another puppy.”
She wrote, describing what should have been a heart-wreaking experience.
Despite discarding so many dogs in a short period of time, Sibary still has not learned her lesson and continues to fall in love with puppies only to rehome them soon later. As she stated, “A dog is supposed to be for life, right? Not until it gets a bit annoying and starts shedding hair all over the sofa.”
Despite the outrage from many readers all over the world, Sibary still defends herself, saying that she isn’t throwing the dogs away but is rehoming them to qualified homes, despite admitting in her column she has no idea where the dogs are now.
But it isn’t just the fact that she is rehoming that is the issue, but the fact that she is rehoming a dog with problems that she failed to train or deal with and thus let get out of control. When a new puppy is welcomed into a home, it is cute and ready to learn. When it doesn’t learn proper manners and social skills in that valuable time, that dog becomes an adult with behavior problems which would be difficult to find a proper home. That is how dogs most often end up in rescues— they lack training and socialization.
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Currently, Sibary has Clover, a 7-month-old Whippet-Cocker Spaniel cross. Unfortunately, Sibary admits that, “If she continues to leap onto the kitchen counters to steal food, I’ll probably get rid of her too.”
Dog’s Trust, a dog welfare group in the U.K. did not hesitate to make a comment on this article. Their slogan, “A dog is for life, not just for Christmas,” highlights the ways what Sibary is doing is wrong.
“For every dedicated, responsible dog owner there are too many people like Sibary who are happy to give up their dogs when they lose their cute factor or when it becomes too much effort.”
Dr. Samantha Gaines, the Head of the RSPCA Companion Animal department, was unable to hold back her outrage and heartbreak, saying that it is a dangerous and very irresponsible message to teach children.
“Dogs are not disposable commodities that can be discarded at will and this sort of behavior and attitude has a significant impact on dog welfare and creates a huge burden for animal welfare charities.”
Many unwanted dogs like Sibary’s end up in shelters. If you are thinking about getting a dog, think about adopting these poor dogs that have been abandoned for no fault of their own. With love, patience and trust these dogs will be the perfect companions that Sibary was never able to have.