Conservative News & Commentary

Apr 10, 2013 — by: A. Smith
Categories: Culture

Lady-and-puppyThere once was a Lady who loved her dog. She had specially selected her puppy from the local Humane Society. The Lady called her dog "Mrs. Hound" and loved her dog as much as one could love dog. The Lady walked Mrs. Hound every morning and every night. The Lady also bought Mrs. Hound the best dog food available to ensure a long, happy and healthy life. It was a match made in doggie heaven.

But one day the Lady had to go back to work. You see, the Lady had adopted the puppy during her two week vacation in the summer, and now that time had now come and gone. So the Lady found a local kennel who would pick up Mrs. Hound each morning and then drop her off in the evening after the Lady had returned from work. The kennel bragged about its programs for puppies and ensured the Lady that Mrs. Hound would be a far better dog for attending their special canine training. They would also provide Mrs. Hound proper socialization, so Mrs. Hound would know how to act around other dogs and people. Naturally Mrs. Hound would receive excellent care while at the kennel. The Lady agreed to the monthly fee, and the next Monday morning the service picked up Mrs. Hound promptly at 7:45 in a special doggie van.

Summer quickly turned to Autumn and soon Winter would be here. Mrs. Hound was growing up and the Lady couldn't be more proud of her.

In November the Lady received a notice from the kennel in the mail. The kennel stated in order to make sure Mrs. Hound (and the other dogs) were properly sheltered for the upcoming winter weather, the Lady would need to pay an additional 20 percent per month for the next 5 years. This money would specifically be used for repairs and new equipment needed to ensure proper doggie care. The Lady was a bit confused. She was already paying top dollar for good care of her most precious puppy. Yet the shelter was in need of repair? The Lady thought for a bit. Then looking into Mrs. Hounds eyes she said, "Well, you are more than worth it." So starting the next month the Lady paid the additional 20 percent without thinking a second thought.

A couple of months later the Lady received another notice from the kennel. This time the kennel said it would need to raise its fees by another 30 percent in order to ensure Mrs. Hound received enough food each day. The Lady thought this was odd. Only a month ago the cost of sending her puppy to the kennel increased by 20 percent and now it was going up another 30? The Lady had recently read how dog food prices had risen, but she hadn't noticed a 30 percent increase at the store. But the Lady looked into Mrs. Hound's adorable eyes and said, "Darling, you are more than worth it." So the Lady paid the additional amount each month without thinking a second thought.

A couple of months later the Lady received another notice from the kennel. The kennel said they needed to raise prices 50 percent per month. The kennel was expanding by constructing another building across town to help other dogs like Mrs. Hound. The Lady thought that this seemed odd — that she should have to pay for someone else's doggie shelter. However the letter explained the reason there was a shelter for Mrs. Hound was because someone had paid in the past, so now it was the Lady's turn. Besides the letter said a new shelter hadn't been built in the county for almost 40 years. They Lady thought. Then looking into Mrs. Hounds eyes the Lady said, "I love you so much and want others to have what you have." So the Lady paid the additional 50 percent each month and never thought about it again.

A couple of months later the Lady received another notice from the kennel. The kennel needed additional funds to repair their special doggie van. The kennel explained the dangers of operating the van in its current condition and how the new funds would make it safe again for the dogs and the driver. The kennel said fees would go up just 15 percent a month for the next couple of years. The Lady thought. Then seeing her dog laying across the room she said, "While I don't understand how the van was so neglected, I know you are worth it." So the Lady paid the extra amount each month and didn't think about it another time.

A couple of months later the Lady received a notice from her landlord stating she was several months behind on her rent. The next week the Lady was evicted. The Lady and Mrs. Hound were now homeless.

Question

What was the mistake that the Lady made in caring for Mrs. Hound?

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