Lena Dunham Responds To Animal Shelter Disputing Her Dog Tale

Lena Dunham Responds To Animal Shelter Disputing Her Dog Tale

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Dunham responded to BARC's statement with another Instagram post:

It's come to my attention that the staff at the shelter where I adopted Lamby have a very different account of his early life and behavioral issues than I do. While I'm sorry to have disappointed them, I can't apologize. Lamby was and is one of the great loves of my life. When I met him I knew we'd have an amazing journey. But his aggression - which was unpredictable- and his particular issues, which remain myriad, weren't manageable, at least not by me. I did what I thought the best mother would do, which was to give him a life that provided for his specific needs. He'd been with me for nearly four years and I was his mom- I was in the best position to discern what those needs were. After countless hours of training, endless financial support and a lot of tears he was given access to a better life. I still support him financially and I'll always be there for him in every way but he's notably happier in his new surroundings. Why should this story be subject to scrutiny and anger? It is willfully misunderstanding the truth. I hope those judging can imagine the incredible pain of letting go of your favorite creature on EARTH because you know you can't help them be healthy and happy. I would never say an unkind word about the staff of BARC, what they do is amazing and life saving for these animals- but we have different accounts of Lamby's behavior and they were not present in my home nor did they live with him for an extended period. They did not witness the consistent and responsible care I provided. I have weathered a lot of micro-scandals but this one hurts MOST, because of the vulnerability of letting people know Lamby and my story, and because I miss him so damn much. This is the painting that greets me every day when I walk into my home. This is the animal who taught me about loving and letting go. I know I'm a lot of fun to place your issues on, but I won't let anyone hang their hat on this peg. Not this time.
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In her post, Dunham writes:

Why should this story be subject to scrutiny and anger? It is willfully misunderstanding the truth. I hope those judging can imagine the incredible pain of letting go of your favorite creature on EARTH because you know you can’t help them be healthy and happy. I would never say an unkind word about the staff of BARC, what they do is amazing and life saving for these animals- but we have different accounts of Lamby’s behavior and they were not present in my home nor did they live with him for an extended period. They did not witness the consistent and responsible care I provided.

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Matt Beisner, owner of the Zen Dog, has recently come to Dunham's defense, saying she was a "really proactive, diligent" pet owner who came to him last year after seeing six other dog trainers to try and improve Lamby's behavior:

He didn't want to be touched and he didn't want to be handled. When he came to us, there were days where we had to carry his crate out to the yard and open it to let him come out because we couldn't safely put our hands near him to get a leash on him to walk him.

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A source close to Dunham told People that Lamby had been examined by as many as six different veterinarians, and several of them believed Lamby had suffered past abuse.

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No matter what side of the controversy you fall on, Dunham has clearly been affected by the absence of her beloved pooch. She may have made the write choice, however. Beisner told People:

The dog that we see in the shelter is often not that the dog that we see in the home. And often the dog in the home on day one is different than the dog that we see at the six-month mark.

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H/T - Time, E News

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