She is just too old and arthritic to make the long trip in a crate. The couple is making a big effort to find her a good, new home. But so many people wouldn't be as kind for elderly or sick dogs.
It reminds me of Luke in my novel about him. Having a dog go blind would be just enough reason for many humans to drop him off at the pound. It's difficult for me to understand the human characteristic that makes so many of us just want to "give up" so easily on another person or creature.
When things don't go our way, or the situation becomes difficult, the response is often to just "bolt" and leave and not put the effort needed to remedy the situation.
Many will respond with a quick quip that they "tried" but just couldn't make it happen. Trying takes time, hard work - a thing called persistence. It mystifies me that a human can give up so easily on someone (yes, dogs are someones) that they previously professed to love.
Love means never giving up! Love means loving another even with all his or her flaws. Think about it the next time you want to bolt and leave.
And, just to be clear, I am not advocating that anyone ever stay with someone who is abusive. Been there and done that. I am talking about someone who is worthy of your love, like a long-time friend who has always been there for you.
As for the old dog who needs a new home, we'll find a way. That's the unconditional way to show our love and respect and represents real humanity!
Til Next Time,