So for the past month I have been grieving the death of my Saint Bernard. He was still very young and could have been saved if the vets had been competent and perhaps actually cared about animals. Then again, I seem to be coming accross a lot of this lately. You know, people in some kind of animal buisness that don't actually care about the animals. Vets, shelters, etc... Remember when Breeders use to be the bad guys? Man are they saints compared to what I've been dealing with lately! So here's the story: I've been activly searching for a dog to help fill that giant hole of loss and I admit I have been very picky. I have personally visited every shelter in the area numerous times and have searched the entire state of FL on Petfinder.com. I have filled out dozens of applications for rescues and shelters all accross the state. I can give credit to only one so far, the Okeechobee Humane Society Pet Rescue but being the only people who have actually done nay kind of buisness with me. These people actually care and in the end I will probably adopt a dog from them when I feel they have one suitable. This is also why I donated 3 boxes of pet supplies to them. However, most of the rest have ignored me or responded with crap. SOme say my application has been approved but they do not feel they have a dog suitable for me. Really? You know a puppy or a young dog with its whole life ahead of it that still could use training could not adapt to my household? Ok whatever, I guess it's better than some of the other denial excuses. Apparently you have to have a 6 foot high fence to adopt a 1 foot tall dog (though halfan acre of my property is completely fenced, it's only4 feet high) or you have to live right up the street from a shelter to adopt one of their dogs. Well, the worse experience I have had so far has been over this guy: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/17169041 See, I live in Fort Pierce and he is being fostered in Jacksonville. The shelter denied me because I didn't live within 90 miles. Something just felt right about this dog. It was like all the pieces of the puzzle were finally fitting together. I offered to take pictures and videos of my place for the home inspection, or have another reputable shelter come do it, offered frequent video and photo updates, to drive up myself and visit him and get him, to make the drive back up again myself should the dog not work out, I offered every reference they could ever want, double the adoption fee, even offered to have everything I've promised drawn up in a legal binding contract at my own expense. All of this work done by me and they wouldn't have to do anything. I offered the world for this dog and do more than go the extra miles. They still turned me down. I have been arguing with these people for weeks over it. They won't even give me a chance. They finaly tell me they think I'm "A couple of bubbles off to be so obsessed by this dog." I was always told anything worth having is worth fighting for and I believed that since I was willing to go above and beyond to have the dog that they should be able to expect great care for the dog from me. I spent thousands of dollars trying to save the life of my previous dog and would offer no less to any other. This is the dog I want. Am I really so crazy for trying so hard to get him?