Thursday 13th August: Given another “Chance”

In a recent entry I mentioned a French Canadian woman who had tried to have her 8-month ex-HKDR puppy put to sleep because she was returning to Canada (vet wouldn’t do it), and then came to us to “return” it, but wasn’t prepared to make a donation and took the puppy away.  Ever since then, I have been thinking about that puppy and wondering what happened to him.  He wasn’t taken to AFCD, and I assumed that Sylvie, as I will call her (because that’s her name), found another vet willing to do the deed.

A couple of weeks ago I had seen a lovely young dog at AFCD kennels but couldn’t take him out because he was microchipped, and the usual process of tracing the owner was necessary.  When I went yesterday to hand in some licenses needing change of ownership, I was told that the dog was now available as the registered owner had left the country.  A light went on in my head, and I asked if the ex-owner was, by any chance, a foreigner called Sylvie B, and was told yes.  The dog had been picked up as a stray in Aberdeen, so the b***h had simply left our kennels, driven to Aberdeen, and thrown her pet onto the street.  Unspeakable woman, unbelievable callousness, and unmentionable thoughts of what I would like to do to her.

Chance: thrown away like a piece of rubbish

Chance: thrown away like a piece of rubbish

I knew the dog was registered at SPCA across the road from our kennels as the woman and her family had lived in Bel Air (Cyberport), so it was easy to find his records using the microchip number and to confirm that the dog was indeed the one that had until recently been owned by this French Canadian family.  He is safe now, and has the new name of Chance, but it will be a long time before I can wipe the image of that woman from my mind.

I have been trying to avoid going to AFCD, but couldn’t help seeing a lone baby pup there when I went to take Chance from his kennel.  This baby looks like a border collie, but is only 4-5 weeks old, and has clearly been malnourished resulting in pimples on the skin and a blue eye.  I tried, unsuccessfully, to hand him over to one of our great volunteers, so it was the ‘Bear Cage’ for him until tomorrow.  He’ll get a foster home, I’m sure.

As planned, the big switch took place today.  Six of the ex-bedroom pups accompanied me to the kennels and were introduced to their new home and their new friends, Milky and Piper.  In exchange, three of Lorna’s puppies were sent back to Lamma, the others having gone to foster homes.  Later in the day, that number went up to four when I got a call from one of the fosters saying she couldn’t cope, and was scared of big dogs. 

Now, patient readers, you may ask yourself why this woman agreed to fostering in the first place, and how she could imagine that a young puppy could be a big dog?  I don’t know, and I can only say that in dealing with people such as the French Canadian puppy-dumper and the 5-minute foster, I can completely understand why the world is in such a mess and why there are constant wars.

One of the worst things about these types of people is that they are parents who are teaching their children that this is the way you deal with problems.  If you don’t like something or it’s inconvenient, you simply get rid of it.  On countless occasions I have seen parents, with their children at their sides, giving up their dogs while making the most pathetic excuses, or even telling whopping lies.  What sort of example are these parents giving their children, and what hope is there if these are the lessons being taught. Commitment, loyalty and responsibility are obviously old-fashioned.  Taking their place is a complete lack of regard or caring for anything but self.  Pass your problems onto someone else, or simply throw them away.  It’s enough to make a grown man weep.

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6 Responses to “Thursday 13th August: Given another “Chance””

  1. Candice Says:

    print her name, I hate her

  2. Caroline B Says:

    Reminds me of this poem by Philip Larkin – This Be The Verse:

    They f**k you up, your mum and dad.
    They may not mean to, but they do.
    They fill you with the faults they had
    And add some extra, just for you.

    But they were f**ked up in their turn
    By fools in old-style hats and coats,
    Who half the time were soppy-stern
    And half at one another’s throats.

    Man hands on misery to man.
    It deepens like a coastal shelf.
    Get out as early as you can,
    And don’t have any kids yourself.

  3. Abby and Lou Says:

    Wasn’t there a diplomat who “returned” their 7 year old adopted daughter? She was adopted as a baby. So people do return kids. Not very diplomatic of him. Or humane. Not even human.

    Sally – you have a good point about the state of the world we now live in. It’s such a disposable culture. Soul-less. But it is changing.

    • Sally Says:

      Yes, people do return kids as well as dogs. When the craze for Romanian babies was at its height, many were subsequently returned as “faulty”. There is no level so low that at least some people wont stoop to it. Thank God there are the others to balance things out a bit (like our HKDR volunteers and great adopters/fosters).

  4. sue kuok Says:

    Sylvie will come back in her next life as a cockroach and a dog will trample over her! OR if she’s lucky, she’ll just get a heap of dog diarrhea over her! she’s Sh-t!!!!!

  5. eu Says:

    crazy pup-dumping woman! glad that she left HK for good. this is no place for such kind of person in this city!!! again another case showing there is no relation between education/ wealth level to love for animals.

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