In order to understand this update you need to read these two blog posts:
Diamond and the puppies are doing great! We got an extra large dog bed for her and she immediately put all of her babies in there. She also got a Kong, an antler, and a stuffed marrow bone. She is one happy dog!
I was really troubled by the confrontation I had Saturday with the man in the parking lot. I thought about it all weekend and decided I needed to make things right. I called my friend Tina who is an amazing member of our community. She does so much for the neighborhood and everyone knows her. I told her the story and asked her if she would go and talk to them with me since they are on her street and she probably knew them. Of course she agreed, so after work we went to talk with them.
I explained that when we ran into each other Saturday that it was already a very heated an emotional situation and I just wanted to come back after things had cooled down so we could talk about it. He agreed and mentioned that I had actually helped him with his pit bull by giving him some dewormer (I thought he looked familiar) and he said we'd helped his friend get his dog out of animal control when the fines were $300 (he let us neuter the dog).
So I explained the whole back story about how the teen had been asking for help for a few weeks and then on Saturday he thought I had called animal control on him and that's when things went South right before we ran in to him. I told him I didn't want him hanging out in abandon houses and I didn't want him to bare the burden of taking care of these puppies. He completely understood and it was actually a very nice, positive conversation. He said he would talk to him and let him know I was just trying to help and he needed to take advantage of it. He said he has known his family his whole life and he cares about Karree. He thought animal control was really going to end up with the dogs and he was so afraid that would drive Karree into drugs. I'm so glad I went and talked to him, I feel so relieved!
The man also said that his pit bull he just acquired was due with a litter any day now. His friend gave her to him and she was already pregnant and the deal was he had to give him all the puppies back in order to get the mom for free. He said as soon as she's done nursing, he was wondering if I could get her spayed because he doesn't want her to have puppies again. Of course, I agreed.
I came home feeling much better about everything. I went outside to get the mail and I saw Karree walking down the street with Uno, the male dog that fathered the litter. I said hello and hoped he wasn't still angry with me. He said the man had told him I talked to him and he wasn't mad anymore. I brought Diamond outside and she was so happy to see him! He was very excited about Diamond's new bed and toys and he thanked me. He asked for a dog brush for his male dog, so I gave him one and he sat on the porch brushing Uno, who was loving the attention, rolling on his back so he would brush his belly. We had a nice little chat and I'm so glad that he isn't angry anymore.