How would you like to live in a six-foot world? Even worse, how would you like to live in this world alone, with no stimulation, no protection, no relief, and no interaction with the world around you on a daily basis? Added to that, how would you like to live in this six-foot world knowing that the rest of your family lives together, protected, safe, happy, and sound, knowing you are being left out and not caring at all? In fact, how would you like to live in this six-foot world of misery knowing that it was your very family that put you there?
This is a cruelty we examine and think nothing of on a day-to-day basis. What I am talking about is the chaining of dogs. Dogs are pack animals requiring the interaction with the rest of their pack, or their adopted families, us humans who take them in. Chaining a dog and not allowing him to be part of the pack he was brought into just defeats the purpose of owning a dog in the first place.
Why bother having a dog if he’s not going to be a furry lump on your couch or something to trip over in the middle of the night when you get up to go to the bathroom? What’s the use of having a dog if he isn’t there to lick inside your mouth when you yawn first thing in the morning or thump his tail on the floor just because you looked his direction? What’s the point of owning a dog if you won’t even let him stand on the other side of the front door staring intently for you to open it when you some home from work so he can bowl you over with over-excited licking and yapping now that you’re home?
I just don’t get it.
There is something so insanely cruel about chaining a dog outdoors and leaving him alone. What do these people expect their dogs to do all day when they are chained on a bald patch of earth (grass no longer grows from all the traffic the dog has caused being chained to it pacing about)? Living in his own filth, urine, and feces? What if the animal gets too cold? Too hot? What if in the middle of the night their dog gets attacked by another animal? The dog is CHAINED where he is. A prisoner in his own domain. Shut away from the very family who promised to give him a decent home.
I’d rather see these poor animals put to sleep.
It costs money to feed a dog. It takes time to water and feed them. If a person is going to simply ignore their dog all day and leave him chained outside (only to acknowledge the dog when he barks and gets yelled at) why would a person bother having one? It makes no sense to me. I mean, a dog is meant to be by our sides, not living OUTside.
We bred and domesticated the dog to be our companion, and we repay them by shackling them for their entire lives? It’s a good thing dogs have such a short span of life.
I feel badly for chained dogs. Even worse when there is little to be done about it. So long as a dog has food, water, and shelter there is nothing illegal about keeping him chained for his whole existence. What about animal negligence? The inability to properly care for a living being? The fact that doing this to a dog is morally wrong? Severe animal cruelty punishment should be applied to all morons who chain their dogs.
I would LOVE to make an example of about thirty people in my town alone.
There is simply NO excuse for chaining a dog. You don’t have a fenced-in yard? Build a fence. You don’t want your dog in the house? Get rid of your dog. Trust me, he won’t miss you. If you’re not going to properly care for your dog then do the right thing and at least put him down. It’s a terrible thing but I’d rather see a dead dog than a chained dog. Seriously.
I would never do to my dogs what I wouldn’t do to a 3 year old child. Why? Because that is exactly how smart a dog can be. Their ability to comprehend, feel, acknowledge, understand, remember, react, and apply, however you want to see it or choose to believe it, is that of a 3 year old child.
Try putting a toddler on a chain. Go ahead. Try it for a minute. Your ass wouldn’t even be in jail. You’d go straight to PRISON.
It’s a sensitive yet real topic, animal cruelty. It’s right in our backyards. Your children see it, you drive by it every day. Dogs slowly losing their faith in mankind, their spirits leaving them as eagerly as their families do. It’s a sad sad waste of such lovely life.
A perfect world would be one where people who should not have animals would not be allowed to have them. In the meantime, dogs all over suffer in their six-foot worlds. And we let them.
How pathetic are we?