The Dog In The Cellar

I called the MSPCA tonight about the dog. That Canadian Boy I Married had called the landlady last week about it and when I went downstairs on Friday, I couldn’t see the dog. I just went down to do laundry and he’s still there. I went over to the wall dividing our cellars and he came over but started to bark loudly when I spoke to him. So, obviously not a friendly dog – and who can blame him after being in a cellar for 2-1/2 months?

I came upstairs and called the MSPCA. I had to leave a message. I hope I hear back tomorrow. I should have checked yesterday but when I didn’t see the dog on Friday, I thought maybe the neighbours had re-homed it. No such luck.

This is really fucking depressing. I hate seeing animals neglected. I had to stop watching those Animal Cop shows on Animal Planet – I’d wind up in floods of tears over each and every episode. I used to take my mother to task for leaving her Chesapeake Bay Retriever out in a kennel all the time. It was a big kennel – 30 ft long by about 10 ft wide, but still. The dog was desperate for human interaction and would jump on you when you came into her enclosure. That was the excuse my mother used for not bringing her in. Well then take the dog to some training lessons and then practice with her at home. Jesus. She’s a DOG. She’s not a programmable toy. She needs training and reinforcement and attention. God, that used to burn my butt.

Christ, I feel bad when I leave Sadie (the wonder mutt) home alone for the bulk of a day. I can’t even fathom leaving her tied up in the cellar for 2-1/2 months.

People suck.


9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ree
    Mar 09, 2008 @ 20:08:00

    MB – You’re my newest hero.


  2. Lara
    Mar 09, 2008 @ 23:42:00

    i’m really glad that you’re doing something about this. a lot of people would just sit on the side and complain about it, but you’re taking steps to actually help that poor dog. i definitely want you to keep us posted on what happens.


  3. Angewl
    Mar 10, 2008 @ 00:13:00

    Good for you!


  4. LauraJ
    Mar 10, 2008 @ 06:08:00

    I’m glad the dog has you in his/her corner.


  5. Chicky Chicky Baby
    Mar 10, 2008 @ 11:00:00

    I’m so glad you called them! If MSPCA doesn’t help we’ll have to go to plan B – finding someone who will help.


  6. Sarah the Mom
    Mar 10, 2008 @ 12:32:00

    God bless you for helping that poor dog. I agree with chicky. If the people you phoned won’t help find someone who will.


  7. Anonymous
    Mar 10, 2008 @ 16:52:00

    Thank you for calling MSPCA. I hope they investigate and rescue that dog ASAP. 3 Woofs for you!!BTW, I love your blog. Hope your daughter is doing well with the diabetes. It’s always a challenge.


  8. Christina
    Mar 10, 2008 @ 21:26:00

    I’m glad you decided to call and report them. Keep calling if nothing is done. You know the conditions that dog is living in – keep bugging them until they listen to you.And if they don’t, you could always call and file a complaint about a loud dog. If the poor dog is declared a nuisance, they’ll have to get rid of him. Better for him to have a chance at the pound than be stuck with a miserable life in a basement for years.


  9. thebarefoot
    Mar 10, 2008 @ 22:24:00

    Screw the MSPSMPMPSAAA. Get a sledge hammer and free the bitch!


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