There are certain things I get really passionate about. Child abuse is one of them. Adoption is another. Circumcision is a HUGE one. Organic food and recycling are a couple more, but the one I’m going to rant about here is: Pets. Particularly DOGS.
If you know me at all, even a little bit, you know I’m a lover of dogs. Before I moved here I had two dogs (a Shepherd/Weimaraner mix and a Great Dane/Lab mix), that I sadly had to leave behind. They are in the best possible hands, so I’ve never worried about them, but there are times I miss them like crazy.
When I live in a place with lots of space for a dog to safely run around and can either buy a house or have a landlord that is okay with dogs, you can bet I’ll have another one (or two)! We’ve got two cats, and two hamsters, but it’s just not the same. Hamsters are really bad at fetch. Don’t even get me started on the loyalty of a cat!
Do yourself a favor, click on those links. You won’t regret it.
So, I could go on all day about dogs, but I won’t. I’m going to leave you with one last image:
It’s sad that this just isn’t common sense. Dogs are social creatures, they want to be a part of the family. They want love and attention and gentle physical contact. They want to cuddle and play fetch and tug-of-war. They want you to be part of their pack. They don’t want to be chained up out in the cold or in the muggy heat. I said this over on Facebook, and I’ll say it again here: getting a dog to keep it tied up outside all the time is wrong. You are not a good pet owner if you do this. In fact, I consider it cruelty to animals. You’re darn right I’m judging you for it too. (Don’t get me wrong, putting your dog outside while you’re gone for a few hours, or at work is one thing. As long as they have food and water, and shelter from the elements-that’s normal. Chaining them to something 24/7, 365 days a year is another thing. When you’re home, and when it’s cold or blisteringly hot, let them in.)
Dogs want to be your companion and your best friend. Let them.