You’ve probably heard the saying, ‘the more I know about people, the more I like my dog’. Well, that’s certainly the case here. Some people are absolute total flakes, and I’m being nice here. These are the people that think you have unlimited amounts of time to cater to them and their schedules. After all, their time is worth so much more then yours or mine. It makes you want to choke them.
We interview people on the phone or in person at our Meet & Greets. Potential adopters fill out adoption questionnaires. We schedule a time for home visits that are conducive to all involved. We take time off work, rearrange our schedules to make it work for theirs, and have driven as far south as Kenai and north to Wasilla to do a home visit, so it riles me up when you get there and they say “we’ve changed our minds” or they are not home. Hello….have you not heard of a phone. I don’t care if you’ve changed your mind, just don’t make me drive 100 miles, or 5 for that matter, and waste my time. Seems it’s pretty effortless to pick up the phone to make the appointment or ask questions, but somehow some folks can’t be bothered to pick up the phone if plans change for them.
After several phone calls, I did a home visit in Muldoon, spent 2 hours with this woman as we talked about this cat, how it would get along with the dog, and everything else under the son and finally left at 11pm. Her parting words were “oh, there’s a possibility I might be allergic to cats”. I left thinking, “and you’re telling me this now”. Sure enough, less then 12 hours later I’m told to come pick up the cat.
Carol had a home visit scheduled in Eagle River. After driving all the way out there in 5pm traffic from Upper DeArmoun and taking time off work, she arrives at the house for their 6pm prescheduled appointment. No one answers the door. Thinking she might be at the wrong house, she calls them and low and behold the phone rings inside. Now she’s thinking did they forget. You can imagine her surprise when the phone gets answered from inside the house. Now they answer the phone, but not the door. The woman tells her she has made other plans and Carol will have to come at another time. Carol tells her she is standing outside the front door. The woman is adamant that it just won’t work that day for her and she’ll call Carol next week for another appointment. Needless to say, that application got lost.
Then there’s the woman who schedules a home visit for a dachshund we have in rescue. After spending over an hour in this visit, she informs Carol that she has to go, thanks for bringing the dog over, but she has to run out to Eagle River and pick up a dachshund she found on Craig’s List.
What ever happened to showing a little consideration? If you’ve changed your mind, or found another dog or cat, give us a call and tell us. That’s why phones were invented…for something called communication. But, we bite our tongues, quietly put a hex on these people and move forward, thinking 'this will make a funny story one day'.