This boy is our first foster that’s been a result of the Maryland Court of Appeals ruling. More on that here. I don’t know much, but I do know that at 3 years and 10 months, this boy was surrendered by his family to BARCS due to the ruling and not being able to bring him with them to their new rental. Now normally I (maybe too judgementally) scoff at people for giving up their dogs… they are a lifetime commitment. But now, in Maryland, I absolutely pity the owners who are faced with such a tough decision….move or give up a family member? Eviction? Homelessness? Now there are families who have the financial capacity to be picky, but Chock’s family was not one of those. I knew if this was last year, and we didn’t own our home, I would pick up and move with Knox if I had to. To Alaska if need be. I say that. I’m sure I would, but I don’t doubt it would be terrible. I don’t have kids. I am financially stable…I have family and friends that could help.
But imagine I didn’t… I don’t know what my options would be.
Now I can criticize his previous owners for chopping off his ears, and not chopping off his boy parts (all taken care of now), and for probably buying him from a backyard ‘breeder’… but in the end, at intake, they were very sad to see him go. My friend who works at BARCS was there to receive him. His family was upset, kids were huggin’ on him…. this boy may have been trained with a heavy hand, and he may not have been leash trained (ok that’s for sure)… but I’m fairly confident he was loved in some way or another. He was a family’s dog.
And it’s a damn shame because he’s only one of the many wonderful dogs that are being ripped away from their families as a result of this ruling. Certainly not a happy ending for most of these dogs…
But for Chock, well… He’ll have his happily ever after, we just know it 😉