Say..what do you think about a person who has trouble walking because bad knees decides to buy a dog and pushes walking and house training the dog onto unsuspecting another person for free?


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Didge Doo Profile
Didge Doo answered

That's hard to say. As somebody who has bad knees (and feet, and ankles) and who also owns a dog, I can sympathise to a large extend. A dog is wonderful company and can be a real boon to somebody who is housebound through disability.

That being said, I walk (or limp, or hobble) my dog most mornings in a bushland setting where many local people go with their dogs. A few of those are also walking their neighbours' dogs simply because they love dogs and it gives them a chance to be out there.

Your problem appears to be centered on two words "for free". Not everybody needs to be paid in order to do a favour for a person in need. You may be correct in thinking that you're being taken-advantage of; on the other hand, you may perhaps need to look at your own attitude and wonder if it may be just a little bit mean.

Think about it.

Virginia Lou Profile
Virginia Lou answered

Dear Anon,

In a community, people look out for each other. If someone needs help, they might not even need to ask, much less "push it off" on someone, because a neighbor would see the need and offer.

And pets do help us with good health, longevity, tremendous emotional support.

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So if the person with the pet has funds, maybe the unsuspecting one could just ask for a financial arrangement. Or, help figure out a give-and-take arrangement where the ill person can get the help, and keep the pet.

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Domino Silverbane
She could could as easily gotten a indoor only pet a cat
Virginia Lou
Virginia Lou commented
(Unsuspecting person to friend with bad knees:)

"Your wonderful new doggie is just too rambunctious for me; if you ever get a kitty, however, that would be easier for me and I could possibly give you more help."
Barb Cala Profile
Barb Cala answered

The "unsuspecting person" can say "No" if they feel they're being taking advantage of. 

Tom  Jackson Profile
Tom Jackson answered

Having a cat or a dog for a pet is not a "flip-a-coin" decision.

I do not like cats---and it is not their fault.  Nevertheless, I would not choose to get one---even though in the past we have adopted them when abandoned.

And the qualifier for providing "emotional support" for this person is not necessarily dependent on how calm or hyperactive the dog is.

I am concerned that you seem to resent and or dislike the dog and yet you are apparently training the dog.

That is really not fair to the dog (and to you, of course also) but the end result may not be a very good one.

If you can't overcome your feelings about this, you may want to see if there is another alternative.

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