Saturday, March 21, 2009
I heard there was a Great Dane at the Port Alberni SPCA and I thought to myself, "This is a message from the universe."
And the message is, don't leave this town. Stay put, get a big dog and settle in.
Great Danes don't turn up at the SPCA very often. Great Danes are bred and they cost and that's another issue for me because I need to get a dog from a rescue centre, not a designer breed.
I had to go see. Had to see the dog to know what to do. I cruised over to the pound and heaved a sigh of relief when the woman told me the dog had already been adopted.
Stupidly, I decided to have a look at the dogs that remained. Just for fun, I told myself.
Ten minutes later I was sobbing in my car in the SPCA parking lot. I could have taken any one of those wonderful animals home. One of them I really wanted. None of them deserved to be dropped off, possibly facing death if they don't get picked.
I have wanted a Great Dane for years. I'm not in a position to commit to a dog right now. My lifestyle, my work, just wouldn't make it fair to the animal.
I won't be popping in there again anytime soon.