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Originally Posted: 2009-04-30 8:35am

Pet Posting Guidelines

Some of your posts are painful to read. Do us all a favor and memorize this list.
*Unless he ate a loaf of bread, your dog is NOT a PUREBREAD, he is a PUREBRED
*Horses are ‘Thoroughbred’; dogs are not.
*AKC is NOT proof of breed quality. Two horribly bred dogs can have AKC puppies
*Rehoming to ENSURE good home, not INSURE good home

*It is spelled:
Neuter not Nueter or Newter
Chihuahua not Chiguagua, or Chiuauauaua, or Ciuauaua or Cheewawa
Rottweiler not Rottwhiler
Shih Tzu not Shitzoo
Cocker Spaniel not Cockerspaniol (and they do NOT come in 'miniture')
Jack Russell Terrier not Jack Rustle Terryor
There is no such thing as a ‘Golden Lab’
German Shepherd not Shepard
Puppy not Puppie
Very not Verry
Adoption not adaption
You had your dog dewormed, not wormed. No one gives dogs worms on purpose

*It is 'a lot' not 'alot'.
*Multiple dogs 'are'; one dog 'is'
*YOU didn’t provide a ‘loving forever home’ and you can’t ‘GARENTEA’ that someone else will either…oh and it's GUARANTEE
*Your dog is 'housebroken' not 'housebroked'
*Your dog was 'spayed' not 'spade'
*Your dog was born, not borned.
*Commas and periods are your friends. USE THEM.
*YOU DON’T HAVE TO CAPITALIZE YOUR ENTIRE POST, TRUST ME, WE CAN READ IT.
*Just say ’50.00 adoption fee’. ‘Rehoming fee does apply’ is stupid, evasive, wordy and unnecessary.
*Every sentence! Doesn’t need! An exclamation! Point!
*It is not "please only call if your interested", it is "please call if YOU'RE interested". You're is 'you are'. Your is possessive (your hat is nice).
*There are a few exceptions, but to keep things simple, follow this general rule: 'a' comes before a consonant, 'an' comes before a vowel. 'A cat', 'An apple'.
*You don't need to clarify that you will only give your dog to a 'good loving home'. It is assumed that decent people are not going to give their dog to a random scumbag. If you are concerned about the quality of the adopter, do a HOME CHECK (you should anyway).
*Stop threatening to take the dog to the pound if someone doesn't 'save it'. YOUR lack of responsibility is not other people's problem. Also, before threatening us with the pound, take a few minutes to view this video: http://www.hbo.com/docs/programs/dealingdogs/ so that you know what exactly you’re doing to your pet.
*You interview a PERSON; you do a HOME CHECK. You do NOT interview a house
'Rehoming fees' are NOT $400.00, nice try, but NO.
*PLEASE stop saying you have to 'get rid of' your dog. You 'get rid of' an STD; you hopefully find your dog a better home than you choose to provide. It is heartbreaking to see you care so little for a dog who probably loves you more than life.
*Some of you play the cute little game of saying "No rehoming fee, Adoption fees apply" HUH?! CUT THE ****,JUST TELL US HOW MUCH MONEY YOU WANT FOR YOUR BELOVED. You are starting to sound like a used car salesman.
*STOP blaming your landlord. It is YOUR responsibility, as an adult, to find out what the pet restrictions are BEFORE you bring a dog home.
*Stop blaming flaggers for interfering with your dog finding a home. Your refusal to honestly post the rehoming fee is the reason the dog isn't finding a new home.
*Please Please Please stop giving your pets away for free. People who collect pets for medical research or dog fight bait aren't going to tell you that is why they want your animal. They will seem sincere when they tell you they desperately want to add a new member to their family. A $50.00 adoption fee will protect your pet from many untold horrors.
*One last thing. If you have an 'accidental litter', and you are asking $250 obo, YOU ARE A BYB. Don't pretend to be a victim of circumstance, or innocent. If it were your teen daughter who got pregnant, we would all understand; you can't spay your human child (although that might not be a bad idea in some cases). You CAN be responsible for your pets though, so it is not an accident if they get pregnant.


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