Good morning Everyone!
Every once in a while, you run across a headline that makes you go “hmmmmmm…..” Today I ran across the following gem: “Pet Store Bans Drunken Puppy Buying.” After I looked twice to be sure I read it correctly, the thought crossed my mind that the headline makes a lot of sense. After all, how can a puppy make a good owner choice if it is drunk? And if drinking and driving is bad (and it is), how can you condone drinking and selecting an owner?
Coordination is an issue too. Puppies have a hard enough time walking and navigating around a room to begin; imagine the effects if alcohol is added to the mix! I knew a puppy (Shadow) who used to love to run through tunnels she had made under the bed between storage boxes at night at full speed - until the night she made a wrong turn and slammed head first into the bedroom wall. (We didn’t see it, but we heard it.) How much worse would it have been if she had been drunk!
We all know that alcohol impairs judgment and a puppy’s judgment is questionable at best to begin with; I suspect it would be nonexistent with alcohol added. The first week we had him, Darwin decided to tear out all of our porch screens in three days. If he had had one or two daiquiris beforehand, not only screen replacement, but also a vet visit would have been in order, since his lack of balance would have precipitated him over the 15 foot drop between the porch and the ground. (Vets are much more expensive than screens, for those of you keeping score.)
And let’s think a minute people – is it really a good idea to give a mind-altering substance to an animal that loses its mind when it experiences its first car ride with the windows down or its first potato chip? For that matter, how exactly do you give a puppy a breathalyzer test and what is the legal limit for puppies? The enforcement issues are mind-blowing!
So, kudos to the pet store for the courage to take a stand and here’s hope for the rehabilitation of all those drunken puppies!
Have a great day!