That’s so sad and real. Family pets are. It is a 15-20+ year investment. When having or gifting a cat, many individuals don’t think about this. And it ends up on the street like that. It’s forever, not until you get lonely, or until you get sexy, or until you pass on. Since her previous owners had to pass, we have my Bella kitty. The difference is that they were in charge and carried her to the shelter. She’s the most affectionate pet, and I’m not going to exchange her for the world.
As for the picture of the parents saying they hoped to be more responsible for the boy, they should have taken care of the poor dog, not dump the dear bub, we still have thoughts as kids about our animals & pets!! Like us, they are part of a family! They need to be taught, cherished, cared for and respected for the happiness they bring to our lives!! It requires total dedication and should not be seen as a novelty or abandoned either! In our lives, from young to old, theirs!! That’s the definition of what pet ownership is intended to look like!!! They deserve nothing less than the best from us!!
Before my parents split, when I played on the Xbox, A-boy (aka Adif, our dog) would always stay with me. Slowly, he would come close, lie down beside me and look at the phone. If I was playing Assassin’s Creed and he heard dogs, he’d bark back at the game. I took every opportunity to reach out and give him cuddles…
I enjoyed getting him there. (GSD. The greatest goofball ever.) After the divorce, Dad finally gave him up. He’s at the old professor’s villa now with two other puppies, and occasionally we get photos and videos.
I would have preferred to hold him, but I live with my mom, and no choice was given to us. I have a PS4 now, and sometimes I wish I could have that big guy here, so I could hug him when I cry at the Kingdom Hearts ending. I’m going to have a dog again someday. Oh, or a cat. If it’s a rabbit, it’s going to be Riku or Rey. And it’s coming from the effing shelter.