In the Name of Love

Last week I splurged and bought all the kids new name tags from They arrived today in all of their multicolored splendor. As I attached the tags to each collar, it occurred to me that each of the five dogs in our current pack have only lived in this one place with us.  The cabin has been their only residence since each of them has joined our family.

That’s a weird feeling. Ten years ago when we moved to the cabin, we came with six dogs and four cats. (yes, we did have cats, too!) Over the course of the past decade, we lost each of those beloved pets. Five of them were ancient at 19 and 20 years old. As we lost some, we gained others…until we ended up with the complete pack turnover we have today.

That made me count back to figure out how many times each of our pets of the last twenty-six years had moved with us from one house to another. Tally was the most mobile, having moved nine times with me during the course of his life. Pippin had moved six times, Angee five, and Gypsy, four.

Our own statistics made me think about how many pets don’t get that chance. About how many owners dump their pets when they move, citing reasons like “I can’t have pets in my new place”.  About the increasing incidence of people just abandoning their pets in their empty homes when they  move out. I don’t know what’s wrong with people. Do they think their abandoned pets can order-in pizza or turn on the faucet for water? Hundreds of pets die every week in homes where they were left  behind.

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If we couldn’t take our pets where we wanted to move, then we crossed that place off and we kept looking until we found a place that would let us have our pets.

People give up too easily, and it’s the pets that suffer. Your pet would live in a refrigerator box with you, no questions, no criticism. If only people would aspire to that level of love and devotion.

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About yelodoggie

C.A.Wulff is an author, artist and animal advocate. She has been involved in pet rescue for over twenty-five years. She has written two books about her true-life adventures living with an ever-changing house full of pets: Born Without a Tail, and Circling the Waggins, and a guide to animal advocacy using the Internet as a tool: How to Change the World in 30 Seconds". Wulff also writes a pet column and book review column for the Examiner, and is a contributing editor for She attributes her love of animals to having been raised by Wulffs.
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4 Responses to In the Name of Love

  1. I never moved anywhere my cats couldn’t come! Good topic, Ariel! Thanks for writing about it!


  2. ouacstowohio says:

    I have a cat because a girl said she was moving and had to get rid of it that night? I didn’t ask any questions and figured I would find it a home. Well home is our house. Wish I could help them all.
    How do we help people to not think pets as disposable?
    One other note is thank you for posting a link for name tags. If you love your pet, get him or her a tag just in case. I had a customer at my business drop of a Chiwawa puppy found running loose in a very busy plaza. No tag, We waited an hour before her owner came. We would have called right away. Oh, and leash your pets in public please!


  3. Coralie says:

    I moved from France to Canada in 2000 and I should not have done it if I was unable to keep them with me, like children….


  4. Coralie says:

    I just can’t stand the reasons given to get rid of pets whwn people are moving…but the mostly piece of shit reason is when a woman is becoming pregnant and decide it is not compatible with loving and taking care of a pet, so they dump him to the shelter….These people should not be allowed to have children…they aren’t able to deal with these reponsabilities…just ignorant and moron people !


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