I didn't want to get involved with the other thread-- I understand and agree with a lot of what has been said, and disagree with some of it also. I would like to know, what you would have done in my position though... Sparkie--We've had Sparkie, our basset/beagle mix, for about 2 years now. He's a great dog, about 1 1/2 when we got him. Dh called me one day and told me to come get this dog that showed up at his office-- that if not, the "office ladies" were going to take him to the humane society at lunch time (they open at noon). His office is right next to the HS, so we suspect that Sparks was dumped by someone on thier way to work, and he made his way down to the office. I say all this so that you know we didn't answer a "free dog" ad instead of adopting from the HS. He wasn't completely house broken when we got him, and we suspect that is why he was dumped (those who have bassets know tht this is pretty normal till about 2 years old). We had Sparkie for about a month, when he broke his leg. Our vet was on vacation, so we took him to an animal ER, which charged us OUTRGEOUSLY for x-rays. Our vet acctually came in from her vacation (acctually a "stay-cation" she was still in town, and comming in regular to check on the critters) to do his surgery, as we couldn't afford the ER surgery. We would have had to put him down otherwise. Isabel--About 2 weeks after Sparkie's surgery, we took the garbage to the dump, and found a beautiful white pitt puppy. We brought her home, bathed her, and the children named her Isabel. We had NO intention of keeping this dog. Our intention was to keep her long enough to find her a home, however she was territorial-- not what I would call aggressive, but she would try to chase Sparkie, and with him in the condition he was in, we couldn't have that. I called the HS and asked if they adopt pitts, and was told that as long as she didn't have behavior problems (she didn't), and was good with people (she was) that she should have no problem being adopted. The children and I took her in (and yes, we did make a donation). She was in a kennel when we left, and I called about a week later, and was told that Isabel had been adopted. Daisy--We found Daisy, an old beagle at the dump. We coaxed her out from under the dumpster with some dog food, and took the filthy stinky doggy home, and gave her a good bath (so Daddy would be more pleasantly disposed to her LOL). She cleaned up good. Daisy was a good dog, but never trusted people. She really did nothing but lay around all day, go out when she needed to, and eat. We believe that she had been mistreated. The plan was to let her live out the rest of her life in our living room, on dd's bean bag chair (dogs seem to LOVE those things!) She had a scar on her tummy, and we and the vet all thought she was spayed. Well, she went in heat, and ran off with a big red chow, we've not seen either one for over a year Lucy-- Again, we found a female beagle at the dump (are we sensing a trend here? Dh said he was going to forbid me from going to the dump! LOL) We took her home gave her a bath. We were going to keep her long enough to find her a home. We very quickly found she was not AT ALL house broken. At this time, we were still dealing with Sparkie pottying in the house occasionally, and well, he tends to be a follower I was about 7 mo. preggie and just couldn't deal with 2 doggies pooing in the house! We all went together and took Lucy to the HS (made another donation) Roxi-- Dh has been trying to get his "little black b**ch" as I affectionately call her, home for 9 years! (hope I'm not offending anyone-- it's a joke bt dh and I, I call her his mistress/girlfriend LOL) She was his stepmother's-- I think she just got her because her friend had a doxi Anyhow, she finally got to come live with us!! For the first time, she is a part of a family, she's sleeping in a people bed (right up against my legs LOL), has a friend (Sparkie) to play with, and gets to lie around on the furniture. Guess what! She poos in the house What is up with this!? LOL Ok, so now that I've told you AAAALLLLL about my doggies, what would you have suggested we do with Isabel and Lucy? From the other thread, it looks like anyone who turns over a dog is utter scum! Both of these girls were sweet dogs, that would have been great for a family, just didn't fit ours at that time. So what, we should have left them at the dump (NO, of course not!), had them put to sleep?, shot them? What?