Maybe you guys here could teach my parents a thing or two about pet ownership. They're the most irresponsible pet owners I've ever seen.
One day out of the blue 2 years ago they decided they wanted a dog, so the next day they pick one up and bring him home, a golden retriever/german shepard. Now they've never owned a dog before or bothered to do ANY research on how to take care of one beforehand so they just kind of let him be, not bothering to train him or anything. They don't ever take him for walks... ever.
Now he just kind of runs around being stupid, shitting all over the floor, jumping on guests (and of course getting treats for doing so), barking all the time, snapping and biting at anyone who gets near his bone or food, snatching food from peoples hands, and so on. If you refuse to share your food with him he barks and growls at you. He's never been to a vet since the day he was brought home, despite the fact that he spends 90% of his time scratching and biting the fur off himself, and has some nasty scabs. His nails haven't been trimmed either in 2 years, so you can imagine what he does to the hardwood floor. Oh and he hasn't had a bath in... maybe a month now.
I've offered to train him for them but they've always declined. They seem to think they do a pretty good job of taking care of him. Well it's not my dog, but I have to live with it so it's kind of frustrating. Thanks for listening to my story
They have about 7 cats too, some of which look like they're on the brink of death but of course not once have they been to a vet.