Brad's Blog - Episode 4040: Busting At The Seams
When I received the call to help Kim with her issue of having far too many dogs (15) and an excess of other pets in the house, I said yes, I would help her.
As I walked into her house, Kim poured on the liquid sugar so instantly I knew something was up. I questioned why were there so many dogs and why was Kim really asking for help? Was it truly about getting the dogs to stop barking, or was it something much bigger?
Day one was a day from Hell, as Kim agreed to everything I said and put no thought into any of her answers. It was like she was thinking ‘Just plain old agree and hopefully he will be nice’.
I was not there to be her friend. I was there to help with the chaos and the urine over saturating every square inch of the carpeted floor! Upon my snoop, when I moved the couch away from the wall, I placed my hand on the carpet expecting it to be dry where the couch was... and OMG, it was soaking wet! Ian, my Camera guy, was also disturbed by the findings. It only got worse with the black light showing how terrible it truly was. My thoughts immediately went to Logan, her son, and how he must feel about living in a house saturated in urine. But I had a job to do, and it was time to get down to business.
Setting the family up with tools to get them into a position of power over the dogs would be critical. So too would be cleaning up past promises made by Kim, such as selling certain puppies. I assumed this would be a point of contention for Kim because she would no longer be the one in control. I was certainly prepared for any excuses from her.
Walking away from the house after my first visit, I was filled with sadness for Logan and Tim. Logan is a fantastic young man whose has been shushed; he’s not the kid he could be in my opinion. I shook my head as I walked to the car and could only hope this family would do the right thing for many of these very sad, deprived dogs... before it's too late.
My follow up on day two was an eye-opener; Kim talked about finding homes for the dogs, yet took no action. Her beliefs that the dogs think of her as a ‘mother’ is a joke. She stated to me numerous times that the dogs are trained... ya right! And then, excuse after excuse after excuse as to why they could not do anything I had asked them to work on.
I have little to no respect for anyone so arrogant and self centered. Kim needed help, the dogs needed help and the family needed help.
Unfortunately, the City of Calgary has no law to restrict this pathetic type of dog ownership, and when push comes to shove, it’s anybody's game. So how to paint a clear picture? Do the obvious; give Kim a visual of something she is in control of, or, in the case of the show, not in control of.
A balancing act would point her in the right direction, or would it? The set up for this personal visual designed for Kim proved one thing. She knows the difference between right and wrong. But when I stood below her while she stood on the balance beam, she started to talk smack all over again, and at that precise moment, I shot my hand up towards her and told her not to say another word... I shushed her. The film crew, stood on pins and needles, wondering what I was going to do next. Silence hung in the rafters for a few minutes until I spoke, at which point I told her that she is not a good dog owner, that she has work to do and enough of the ‘BS’. We wrapped up this day with a hug to give her some hope and support that she could do the right thing!
A few days later I receive a lovely letter from Kim, which is five pages in length, talking more smack and loaded with excuse after excuse.
Yet again, I took time to offer more training techniques, but if the family does nothing, then why am I there? Doing what I had asked, like demonstrate they have done something right, like putting in the time to train the dogs, or finding homes for some of them, didn't happen and never, never will.
I come and go, but her husband Tim is there to stay. I want to send the two of them off to the racetrack. For the very first time, this is a chance for Kim to do something with and for her husband. Fasten your seat belts, this gets bumpy.
“Arrogant”... WHAT? You have got to be kidding! Tim, he's just a guy. Always there for her; willing and sacrificing everything for the love of this women, and she repays him with slanderous remarks?
My heart sunk when it became clear that this woman has absolutely no compassion for any other human being. This has come to an end for me. I have reached the point of saying “Bye bye”, not “Good bye”. Nothing good can come of this ‘human to dog’ relationship Kim has with her dogs.
The clock is ticking for a serious disaster to take place within the confinements of these walls, and when it happens, I won't be there to help them out. My hands are washed clean because everything I attempted to implement fell on deaf ears.
Some people should not be allowed to own dogs.