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What Kind of a Person Does This?

>> Friday, March 4, 2011

Ivy is so sweet and woud be the perfect family pet. In fact she was. Then HER family gave her up because they were moving. The fall leaves hadn't even begun to change when Ivy was dropped off at the animal shelter. It was September then. Ivy's been in a cage ever since. She went from living the life of a family dog to living in a cage in an institution and in my opinion that sucks.

No one wants to adopt Ivy. Why? Because Ivy is eight-years-old. Age doesn't mean anything though. Ivy is still very playful and probably has five or six more years of life left in her. She's no different than me. Most people my age don't do what I do. Thank God no one took me away from my comfy home and locked me up! They didn't tell me I couldn't gallop my horse across a field either. Poor Ivy.

Ivy is house-trained. She gets along with other dogs and older children. She does well in doggy playgroups and is well behaved. She's not overly nervous either.

Ivy's been at the shelter way too long. She is really in need of a good home. If you live near Columbus, Ohio (or want to transport) or know anyone who would give Ivy a loving home please contact Jen at 614-415-6243. You can also email

The only thing that makes me feel better about situations like this is to do something. My house is full right now but I can still network with all of you. Thanks for letting me bend your ears.

"He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion."

Clearly Ivy's owners weren't worthy of her devotion.

P.S. I was just reading some of the comments that have been left and someone I consider to be a total dog expert thinks that Ivy could live to be 16 or so!


bbes tribe March 4, 2011 at 11:44 AM  

Poor Ivy!! It hurts our hearts. If they could give her up so easily, we would hope they never get another pet. We had a 10 yr old puppy mill mama who had been debarked, lost all her teeth, has luxating patellas. A loving family found her at one of our adooption events. We saw her a year later,- Amazing!!! She was LOVED. We hope the same thing for Ivy. We will keep our paws crossed for her and good thoughts.
Ernie,Sasha,Chica,Lucas & Mom

DJan March 4, 2011 at 11:45 AM  

I totally agree, Jan. Just yesterday we picked up a dog that was scheduled to be euthanized because nobody would adopt him. He's a chihuahua mix and nine years old, a senior who is in better shape than any human senior I know! My sister is fostering him.

We also picked up another dog from the Humane Society who was in an animal shelter, taken from the pound because she would have been euthanized. They are both adorable (read my blog for more info about them).

Who would DO that to a lovable dog? Nobody knows one dog's story (the little terrier mix) but Chester's owner died and he's been in the pound, put there by his owner's family. I am heartbroken for these beautiful creatures. I hope Ivy finds a home.

Trixie, Lily, and Sammy-Joe March 4, 2011 at 1:56 PM  

We think its so sad when people move away and just drop off their dog at a shelter. How could they part with their doggie after 8 years? We are 2 and 4, and our Mama couldn't DREAM of saying goodbye to us! :*(

Sailor's Mom March 4, 2011 at 3:04 PM  

Nuts, why do people do what they do? OUR COMPANION ANIMALS ARE NOT DISPOSABLE!!!
That said, this dog looks small, maybe JRT or mix, and will live until the age of 15 or 16 or so. So this cutie isn't old at all!

Two French Bulldogs March 4, 2011 at 3:12 PM  

Momma always says HBO words when she hears these stories.
Benny & Lily

Unknown March 4, 2011 at 3:58 PM  

I want to use some HBO words too! But I will be good!

Tweedles -- that's me March 4, 2011 at 9:07 PM  

It is so heartbreaking to know someone can give up their furry.
It makes me very sad.
I am crossing my paws that someone will give Ivy a forever home very soon.
You did the right thing by talking about it.

KB March 4, 2011 at 9:59 PM  

You are so right - that family was not worthy of Ivy.

We adopted a 10 year old Lab many years ago (he's departed now), and he brought so much joy to our lives - he loved us so much and vice versa simply because we'd found each other! I hope that Ivy finds a good home very soon.

Sandy March 5, 2011 at 1:34 PM  

It's hard to know what their circumstances were. There was an article a few months back on someone's blog about how many families have needed to depart from animals because they couldn't take care of them anylonger. They talked about people not being able to afford them, not physically being able to take care of them due to illness. Perhaps that's why they moved. Maybe it wasn't their choice. Though it's seems sad from the animals perspective, I'm not sure it's fair to judge the person without knowing what their circumstances were.

I read one account of a family being evicted because of financial reasons, the family being separated living with different friends and relatives until such time they would be able to rejoin. Taking the family pet with them wasn't an option.

Hope all those in need find a nice home.

Lorac March 5, 2011 at 3:41 PM  

Thats'so wretched for poor Ivy! I can't imagine having a family dog for 8 years and then giving it up. You have to know it will languish in a pound as most that age aren't adopted! Poor sweetie. Wish I could help!

Jan Mader March 5, 2011 at 5:15 PM  

It's never an option to dump your pet. There are too many rescources out there. Dumping your pet comes from ignorance and I have no sympathy for that.

Tweedles -- that's me March 5, 2011 at 9:24 PM  

Only heartless humans would dump a poor innocent animal.
There is no excuse to dump and abondon.
I agree- there are resources if you cannot take care of them anymore. There are agencys, and places where you can take them if you are faced with that horrible decision.
To just abandon and leave to starve
is sick.
To just abandon and leave to be wet and cold and sad and a crime..
I see little dogs all the time.. sitting on the side of the road, waiting for whoever dumped them off to come back. The little dog is thinking,, surely they will come back.. they loved me once.
Where are they? Any minute they will come back, I just know it.
But it does not happen,, because the humans only think of themselves.
The humans are selfish.
The humans are guilty.
Why do some humans think they are better than animals? Who made those rules?
It's not fair to the animals being dumped,, no its not.

Bz March 6, 2011 at 12:14 PM  

Yup, yup, and more yup... I just want to growl when I hear of stories like this. Gees, the dog was/is 8 ?!? y/o??
And yes, I would agree, a little pup like that can live to be 16 easily, if properly cared for/not overfed.

Sandy March 6, 2011 at 1:47 PM  

Hey Jan, an idea just hit me. Was in the shower, often there's where my thinking takes place. Why don't you do a running series of helpful tips? You have so much knowledge about helping agencies, rescue's and the like. You could do a series say on Tuesdays or Thursday. Tips on Tues or Tips on Thur. It occurs to me with your knowledge, reader base it would be a wonderful way to spread your knowledge. Maybe that would help ward off someone making a bad decision because they were ignorant to what help exists. Then tweeting, and fb ing about to spread the word further. If you like, I could help you make a blob badge for it.

You know me, always thinking.

Frankie Furter and Ernie March 6, 2011 at 3:02 PM  

Hello... it's ME (Frankie Furter) here. I am so very much glad to meet you.
Guess WHAT??? I live about an hour from you... in Perry County!!!
AND Guess what else... my mom used to be a teacher.. and she wrote a Children's Book too!!!
WOW... so much in commom.

I am sooooooo glad that you found my blog and I hope that you will come back... It isn't ALWAYS about the auction thingy... butt that is the Main focus.. right now. Do you know Sagira??? She is from Grove City!! She helps with rescues and other grrrreat stuffs!!

Jan Mader March 6, 2011 at 4:28 PM  

There's so many people with more knowledge out there than me Sandy. Thanks for the offer, but I just write from the heart when something strikes me....

Peggy Frezon March 6, 2011 at 10:05 PM  

I've read about a program matching seniors up with senior dogs. Maybe Ivy can find a senior who would appreciate and love all she has to offer. I hope she finds that forever home.

BeadedTail March 6, 2011 at 10:39 PM  

Stories like Ivy's make me so sad. I would never leave behind a pet for all the money in the world and the thought of someone doing that just makes me sick to my stomach. I hope Ivy find the loving furever home she deserves!

Jan Mader March 6, 2011 at 11:11 PM  

That's a great idea Peggy! I'm going to do some digging and see what I can find out!

Unknown March 6, 2011 at 11:30 PM  

Poor Ivy. If only humans would take the time to find a good family for the dogs they can't care for, as much as possible. It's sad enough to be left behind by the humans you love, much more be put in a cage all's hoping Ivy finds a loving home that she can bring happiness to.

Mocha Barney, Ashley Pumpernickel and Winniechurchill

Suka March 7, 2011 at 12:08 PM  

It breaks our hearts to hear stories like this, and sadly, they are common. We will pray for Ivy that she finds a wonderful, loving, forever home. She is a beautiful dog.

Thank you for getting the word out. The Power of the Paws is awesome, and hopefully getting the word out will help Ivy to find a loving family.

Suka and K

Soggibottom March 7, 2011 at 5:13 PM  

My happy thought is that by your net work poor little Ivy has found that Special home... Ivy if only you could travel this far....

Jan Mader March 7, 2011 at 8:50 PM  

I'm going to do some checking and see what her status is right now. I'll get back to all of you....

Melinda March 8, 2011 at 12:05 PM  

Jan, You are the BEST!!! I hope you find the perfect place for Ivy!!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ March 8, 2011 at 9:47 PM  

Hi Jan! I know its been a long time since I left a comment on your blog, but I usually just ready your posts and don't say anything...But I read this post when you first put it up and continued to think about it. I wish I lived closer because I always have room for a dog like Ivy...But I don't and can only hope and pray that her new forever home will soon be found! Let us know, okay?

Jan Mader March 12, 2011 at 12:09 AM  

SAD UPDATE. No one has come forward to give Ivy a home yet. We'll keep trying....

Sandy March 12, 2011 at 6:32 PM  

I may need to tape into your knowledge base to help my neighbor. She's in the process of putting her house on the market. She's moving all the way out to Arizona, probably to senior housing where pets are a no go. She has 2 dogs and doesn't know what to do with them. It's early in the process, since the house isn't yet officially for sale; but...thought I'd sing out so you can begin thinking.

They're hum...can't think of the name, but the breed that herds sheep I think.


Jan Mader March 13, 2011 at 5:42 PM  

Sandy, if they're a specific breed, she needs to find that rescue site that's closest in proximity. She doesn't have family or friends that would take them?

There's loads of senior housing that takes dogs. More now than ever before because senior facilities recognize the importance of human/dog interaction and long-term health.

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