Since I first joined Facebook, I have been overwhelmed with the faces of abandoned and abused beings, victims of hoarders, prisoners of puppy mills, targets of callous neglect. The two faces often staring at me from my computer screen are, of course, pitties and also, poms. I rescue pomeranians, I have years of experience with them.
I wonder about the reasons for the overwhelming number of them I see each day on the social network. I know they are bred in abundance in puppy mills, the cute, cuddly lap adornment criteria is easily met in their little bodies. But why are so many abandoned………
Poms are very stubborn little beings. Housebreaking is not one of their strong points. I fear after the cuteness wears off and the urine doesn’t wear off the carpet, their days are numbered in many homes. Also, thankfully, they live a long time. My eldest lived to be 19 years old. By then, he was blind, senile, ill; and he had lost most of what little housebreaking skills he had come in my house with, 6 years earlier. But I would never abandon him, he was dearly loved…..Next month, marks one year since he left me.
When I look at all those senior faces on my computer screen, and some, not so senior, I wonder who once loved them, if ever……and who might love them all again.
Bring a pom home because you know and have researched the breed, they are little lions, eager to bark and protect their homes. But they are stubborn little lions and often win out with their own way in the home. Expect them not to listen; but it is hard to stay angry at their cute little faces for long. How anyone could toss them away is incomprehensible to me; and it happens. One of my senior poms was tied in a plastic garbage bag and tossed like trash at the shelter door. Don’t adopt them because they are cute; adopt them because you wish to share a piece of your heart with them forever.