Laddie finds a new, happier home
By Ask Ollie Email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org October 5, 2012 4:00PM
Updated: November 8, 2012 11:42AM
Dear Ollie: My name is Laddie and you wrote about me last week. You were looking for my owner, right?
Well, I find myself in a great place right now.
Two ladies adopted me from the Humane Society of Northwest Indiana. I am the only dog and will be the center of attention. However, before I joined my new family, the shelter had me groomed and neutered. I prefer the grooming. And some good citizen paid for it.
You were right. My original owner gave me to someone else, so for a year I was living with a construction dude from Porter County.
He said he cared for me but didn’t pay for my rabies shot or ever get me neutered.
He pretended he found me and brought me to the Lucky Stop convenience store in Valparaiso. He said he wouldn’t take me to a shelter to be killed.
He also told the clerk that he couldn’t handle me anymore.
Wait just a minute here. I am a snappy-looking male black and white pomeranian that weighs about 5 pounds.
The guy weighed way more than 5 pounds and was smarter than me but couldn’t be bothered investing in my care or training.
Another male 5-year-old pomeranian was brought into the shelter last week.
The woman who gave him up said, “I can’t deal with his marking territory and humping everything so he’s yours.”
Haven’t these humans ever heard of neutering a male dog?
I feel great now. I have more energy. I will run away less frequently and my marking and “humping” days are over. Plus I look pretty sharp with my grooming.
Dear Laddie: It’s very good news to hear you have a chance at a new life.
I’m a very private dog, but I will share with you that I have been neutered, too.
We are a domesticated species and differ from our wild ancestors in several ways.
First and foremost we socialize with people and have been bred to have higher reproductive rates.
Dogs and cats both are sexually mature at an earlier age than our wild counterparts.
It’s not something I talk about a lot, but my male testicles were removed. Ugh!
I sometimes daydream about what used to be, but most of the time I am content with knowing there are behavioral and medical benefits to this procedure.
Neutered dogs are less likely to have aggression problems, roam from home and mark their territory with urine. Those behaviors do not endear pets to people.
If you have a dog that weighs 40 pounds or more and can’t afford to go to a private veterinarian to get him or her fixed, call Calumet SNAP (Spay and Neuter Assistance Program) toll-free (877) 819-3300. It has financial aid available to help you get your large dog fixed.
Find the organization online at www.calumetsnap.org.