Discrimination

I recently applied for a Corgi online. When the lady called me to talk to me about adopting the dog, I had to ask her to call me back because, I had my telephone appt. to check my pacer. It seemed like as soon as I said pacemaker, I didn't get the Dog, I just wondered if they declined me because of the pacer...........I will get a dog again, when i am ready, but I wonder if these special organizations who only rescue certain breeds, would cut someone like me out for having a battery in me.............Any thoughts on that, I am sure the Humane Society would let me have a dog.............I am 51 years old.......hum just wondered.........Think I am too old..........ha


7 Comments

Who knows...

by dward - 2008-01-21 02:01:27

You know, I find many people don't know what a "Pacer" is. If you actually said, "check my pacer," then there's a chance that the person didn't know what you were talking about.
I told a friend I got a Pacer and he replied: "Man, those were really weird looking cars!"

Being a dog trainer / behaviorist , I would just make sure you get a dog that is a good fit with your energy level. This doesn't necessarily have anything to do with your age, or your pacer.

You could always phone the person back or, as TKS suggested - call a rescue group because there are many great dogs out there waiting for good owners.

PS. Isn't 50 the new 30?


Cheers,
DWard

Try again

by Blueaustralia - 2008-01-21 03:01:42

Is it possible that you could get in contact with the person you spoke to and explain the situation. Dog's don't care whether you have a pacemaker or not. Mine doesn't. She was a rescue. I love her to bits and she loves me. She never leaves my side. She is asleep in the chair in my study as I type this at 5.45am. I would tell the person quietly that you feel discriminated against. If no luck, keep tryinjg there are plenty of unwanted dogs that need the loving home you are able to offer. Lots of luck. Cheers Billie.

Ticked off!

by auntiesamm - 2008-01-21 08:01:42

Your post really ticks me off! There are hundreds of thousands of "homeless" dogs out there who need good,loving homes. To think that because you have a pacemaker you were denied a "furbaby" is discrimination. I appreciate what the others have posted here.. I am a person who LOVES to write letters on anything and everything. Over the years I have found that one gets much more attention when an issue is stated in writing. Perhaps a letter to the rescue agency who has the corgi you would like might bring a problem to the attention of someone else in the organization. You are in much better condition to care for a dog than before the pacer! TKS' statement is correct that there are some "strange" rescue agencies out there. Seems as though there are no standards or policies to regulate them, but that they all operate independently. We were so fortunate to find the rescuer from whom we got our little dog, Shuggy. She and her organization are outstanding! She rescues all kinds of critters and has a lovely home for them while they await adoption. We love her and her agency and have referred a number of other dog lovers to her. Anyway, if you really fell in love with the little Corgi, I say pursue it! Good luck and God bless you.

Sharon - So. CA

PS: Where do you live?

Need a nice dog?

by pacergirl - 2008-01-21 10:01:04

Hello TraciaJo,

I live in the Wichita area and I can tell you there are a few places that can help you out. There is one group that calls themselves P.A.L.S. They help beautiful dogs of all types and breeds find good homes. As I recall they are very nice people and they are very nice to dogs. You can find them in the phone book or at http://www.palsrescue.org/

The Humane Society is the other, Also very nice to animals and people.

I have 2 dogs which have chosen me to care for them... they are wonderful companions.

Good luck!
pacergirl

Discrimination

by TKS - 2008-01-21 10:01:42

I have worked in a Humane Society for 12 years and have come across some "strange" rescue groups in my time. It could very well be that this person is very uneducated and fears giving a dog to someone with a "battery".

My suggestion...if it's a corgi you want, keep your eyes open, check the local shelter often, and tell everyone you know you are looking for one. Also, I would ask the shelter in the area where this lady lives if they know anything about her. You might not be dealing with anyone who is reputable to start with.

We get corgi's through here now and again. Check out our website:
www.nehumanesociety.org

Good Luck-email me if you have any other questions. seddon.t@cox.net

Theresa

Dogs, dogs, dogs

by auntiesamm - 2008-01-22 12:01:12

Is it possible to live life to the very fullest without a dog ? I don't think so!

Corgi Dog

by TraciaJo - 2008-02-14 11:02:44

I want to thank everyone for writing back, after I wrote the post, I couldn't find this website again and couldn't remember it........ha ha......but I could remember my password ...........won't go into that.......but I have had a change of heart on the dog, my Dalmation is 12 years old and she really loves all the attention she has been getting since the other dogs passed away, I think I will just spoil her rotten and take one day at a time, I have some bad days and I wouldn't wish it on a critter, my dog is used to the ups and downs and just goes with the flow.............I just hopes she has a longer life, she has sure made my life fun.........anyway thanks for your post..........God Bless and Good Day Tracia

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