It’s been four days since I made the post all about Amy Pond. And, since she’s growing so quickly, I thought I should do some updates. She is, of course, getting bigger. She had her second set of puppy booster shots last week, as well as her first rabies shot. (Alabama requires it when a puppy turns three months old.) We got a postcard from the vet yesterday about getting her first set of adult booster shots in a couple of weeks.
We took her yesterday to get another round of worming treatment, but we were a week early. Despite having the four treatments that they gave her at the shelter, she still had tapeworms when we got her, so she’s already had one dose of the treatment for those at our vet. She’s gaining weight and there haven’t been anymore worms coming through, so I think it’s working. I dread next week when she gets the second dose because that first dose she had made her so sick.
I’m surprised every day at how much energy exists in such a little dog. It seems sometimes like she has more energy than a roomful of preschoolers that have just been on a sugar and caffeine binge.
There was a comment on the entry about her that raised some important questions and possibly misconceptions about the situation:
I’m sorry, didn’t you JUST lose custody of your dogs because you were unfit to own them? Do you really think it’s fair to a helpless animal to take her on when you guys can’t even take care of yourselves? What’s going to happen if she gets sick and you’re faced with a giant vet bill you obviously cannot cover? I understand the desire to have a pet, but she deserves to be with people who have the financial and physical capacity to take care of her.
I think I made a thorough reply to the person in the comment section of that post, but I thought I’d address something that I’ve seen other people say to other lower-income folks when they get pets. Being poor doesn’t mean a person or a family is unfit to take care of an animal. In many places, there are organizations that will help poor people with care for their animals. Here in Huntsville, you can go to the Humane Society and get pet food. Since we can afford pet food, we don’t go there for help.
Pets can be expensive, but that doesn’t mean that they’re a luxury. And it doesn’t mean that people who don’t have money shouldn’t have pets. There are organizations (i.e. The Humane Society of the United States) that have lists and ideas about how poor people can afford anything from food to shots to major surgeries for their animals. There are even groups that help the homeless with their pets. I’m posting the links because I know that there are other people out there, people like me, who don’t have money, but who love their animals and sometimes may need assistance of one kind of another.
Since Amy came along, the stress level in this house has gone down. My mom’s health actually seems to be improving in some ways–her blood pressure and blood sugar have lowered some. We all seem to be a bit less depressed. My pulse has slowed down some, which is a good thing. And we’re going out a bit more now, instead of being stuck inside all the time bickering with one another. She’s given us a purpose–something we needed.
My response to this comment may sound selfish, but I don’t think it is. We all know that we would do anything for her. We would get her any kind of help that we could. And we know now not to overwhelm ourselves with so many pets and to ask for help when we need it. Yes, we’re afraid sometimes that what happened last year will happen again, but then we remind ourselves that we are capable of change and of being better, of doing better. I have no doubt that we will provide a wonderful home for Amy. And I would appreciate anyone who has a negative view of the situation to please just keep it to yourself.