This is more of a rant than anything, just had to get it off my chest.
A work friend of mine is having her baby and asked me to petsit for her while she's in the hospital. I said sure, no prob. A little background here: the puppy she has is actually one from a rescue I worked with for a while. I fostered the puppy for a week and that week turned into two because she got Parvo. While I had her, my friend fell in love with her and decided afterwards she couldn't stand to let the pup go back to the organization.
Now, I tried to talk her out of it. She was about four months pregnant at the time and still adjusting to the idea of being a single mother, the last thing she needed was a three-month old puppy to train. But she insisted, and at the end of the day I couldn't stop her from adopting the puppy.
Well, that cute little 8-pound puppy is now 8 months old and about 40 pounds of wriggly, nervous energy...that isn't housetrained at all, has absolutely no obedience training (seriously, I taught the dog "sit" and "spin" and this chick now thinks I'm freaking Cesar Milan or something), and has no leash training. Almost weekly I'm updated about the dog chewing up or destroying something new and every time she says that she's going to get rid of the dog.
((I would take her myself and try to re-home her, but my husband says I can't and we're noticing Buddy having a weird reaction to her. Honestly the couple of days we have her for are pushing it because Buddy is rather upset right now that there's a strange dog in his house with his people.))
Every time I mention gently that she should find a friend or something that can give this dog a new home, she just breaks down crying that she loves the dog so so much and she could never give her up...yet I can't count the number of times I've heard her say she can't handle Brandy (the puppy) anymore and she has to go. To her credit, the dog is well fed, lives indoors and is loved and she gets daily walks (maybe not long ones, but daily). The only thing I can really get upset about is she hasn't fixed the dog yet because she says it costs too much, but I pointed out the SNAP program in this area to her and she said she'd do that.
It finally dawned on me last night after picking this dog up from her place that she'll never get rid of this dog. She's going to complain forever that this dog is so wild and such a demon and such a bad dog but she'll never give her the training she so desperately wants. That's what kills me - this dog really wants to be trained! She is so eager to learn! It only took me ten minutes to teach her sit and stay two weeks ago and she still remembers the commands even though I know her owner is not consistent with using them.
The best I can do is try to get her somewhat housebroken and trained for the couple of days she's with me. It just breaks my heart because I feel like I've failed this dog. Sure, she got a forever home, but she didn't get the best one. She really is a great dog with good heart and such a quick learner that training her would be a breeze, but because my colleague isn't putting in the effort to train her she's just labeled as a "bad dog" and ignored. Had I never let this girl see this sick little puppy she would have had a better chance at a home with kids that would run around and play with her and adults that would train her to be the great dog she is.