posted 6 months ago
The people who work at the Legacy Boxer Rescue are some of the worst people I have ever met. We put in our application and were quickly approved. We were told that Legacy would have some dogs at the Petco in Garland on the following Saturday. We have a superbly trained and socialized 2 year old boxer that we are trying to find a friend for and we thought that taking her up to Petco would be a great opportunity for our dog to meet other potentially adoptable dogs.
After loading the family in the car and driving 40 minutes we finally arrived at Petco and saw all the boxers from Legacy out front. I walked my boxer, who was leashed and NEVER pulls or jumps, to the dogs that were in front of the store. After all, no kennel business would ever put untried and untrained dogs in front of a pet store where people are known to take their dogs. As my dog got within about 4 feet of a pretty boxer sitting in front of a heavy set woman, the woman scowled at me. "Your leash is too long," she said in a snappish voice. I smiled, said I was sorry and retracted the leash from about 3ft to 1ft. The dog whose leash she was holding and my dog were calmly sniffing each other for the next few seconds. But for some reason the woman kept looking back and forth between my dog and I with an expression of extreme disgust. I was baffled. What had I or my dog done to deserve those looks? "Obviously you have a problem with either myself or my dog, so we will just leave you alone." I said as I backed away and turned toward the front door of Petco with my wife and 9 year old son in tow. "No I didn't!" the woman shouted drawing the attention of all the other Legacy volunteers and not a few Petco customers. If I wasn't already upset and confused by the disdainful character of the woman, now I was embarrassed. Hurriedly my wife, son, dog and I entered the store to get away from the scene. After looking at a few more boxers from Legacy inside the Petco store we made our way to the bone aisle so our dog could pick out which treat she would like. Suddenly a short stout woman with no-nonsense hair appeared 5ft away, at the end of the aisle. Her eyes were full of self righteous fire and her anger was almost visible in the air. "Do you know that woman you were yelling at outside?" she began. "She's pregnant and two weeks from her due date!" My brain had to work in overdrive for the next second to make some connections. (My inner dialogue went something like this, 'Woman I was yelling at?' I thought. 'Of course she's talking about the rude woman,' I answered. 'But when did I yell at her?' I asked. 'You didn't. I answered. 'She's pregnant?' I asked. 'I guess so.' I answered. 'And whatever you do, don't tell this woman that you're sorry, you just thought her friend was fat'.) What I actually said was, "I'm glad that you decided to involve yourself in something that was over and none of your business." Her mouth dropped open. She was at a momentary loss for words. I probably should have said something more pleasant, but I felt/feel that I and my family had been harassed for no reason for too long. We even removed ourselves from the situation and they followed us into the store to make a confrontation. "Well," she blustered, searching for words, "you should have your dog on a harness and not just a leash. You are obviously an irresponsible dog owner." Now, to be completely honest, that last sentence is not exactly what she said. I can't remember the exact wording, but that's pretty close. "My dog is in perfect health and perfectly trained," I replied, "as a matter of fact, your organization approved me to adopt one of your dogs." I continued. This was probably the worst thing I could have said. Obviously the pregnant woman and her friend's next move would be to block the adoption, but I wasn't thinking that far ahead. My dog is like one of my children and my parenting skills had just been called into question. I take immediate and extreme offense to that. I was looking to shut the woman up so she would leave us alone. And it had the desired effect. She closed her mouth with an almost audible snap and stared at me for a moment. Then she turned toward the front of the store and trundled toward the door, moving quickly with an aura of hate about her. I turned to stare at my wife. She looked to be in complete shock and my son was scared and unsure of what was happening. We had just been accosted in the middle of a Petco while buying treats for our dog! This was absolutely humiliating. After another minute or two an elderly woman with white hair walked up to us. She had a smile on her face, but something inside told me it was a fake smile. She pet my dog and asked what her name was. I hesitated. I knew that she worked for Legacy and she was only trying to get my dog's name so they could figure out who we were. Up until this time we hadn't seen any volunteers we had met before and none of them knew our names. I grudgingly gave her my dog's name. She went outside a moment afterward. We stayed in the store for perhaps another 10 minutes before making our purchase and heading to the car. As we went outside I had resolved to apologize to the pregnant woman. I still felt as if I had done nothing wrong, but I have not problem apologizing for a perceived slight if it makes the situation better. Unfortunately the pregnant woman was not in front of the store any more, but the friend who had confronted me in the store was present. I steeled myself and walked up to her. She was sitting with some other volunteers. "I apologize for everything I said and will you please let your friend know that I am sorry." She gave a half sneer/smile and said sure. As we were headed to the car I saw the pregnant woman heading back to the front of the store, but I figured it would be best for us to just leave.
Two days later we got an email stating that after further consideration our application was no longer approved. We emailed and called asking for further review. One person at Legacy was actually helpful. She went around and tried to get the full story of what happened. It turns out that the women's story differs from mine. In their story I call them the 'b' word. My family and I do not speak like that. I don't know how the women were raised, but I was raised and my son is raised in a home that doesn't use such language ever. My wife and I decided that there are too many adoption foundations that need our help. We chose another. We will never forget the humiliation that Legacy caused and how some dog didn't get a good home because Legacy volunteers got their feelings hurt.
Pros: Quick application process
Cons: Volunteers are overly confrontational; will cancel an approved application when their feelings get hurt; very fast to take offense, but never apologetic; they expose the public to full grown, untested and untrained shelter dogs unsafely handled by very pregnant women
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