Tuesday, January 26, 2010
I live in a rather large apartment complex. One of my neighbors is a young man in his 20s that has a mixed breed dog of medium size. He is the WORST dog owner I have seen in a long time. The poor dog, who is only about 1 to 1 1/2 years old gets very little exercise. The owner, who by the way is home all day and night long, only takes her outside long enough for her to do 'her business' and then he drags her back inside again.
I hate to watch this as I feel SO sorry for the poor girl. She is young and wants to walk and explore and of course, run. He practically has to drag her back inside. Now to my point. This guy is very lazy and refuses to clean up after his dog. Here in Sweden it is the law that you must pick up dog poop from public places. They sell black 'poop bags' in every store and they are very cheap. There are also special doggie doo-doo receptacles placed all around and we have several here in the area that dog owners drop the bags into. This guy did, in the beginning, pick up the poo, but now he simply does not.
My partner ran into him a week or so ago while out with our dog Maggie and told him directly that he must pick up the dog poop. He only stared at her and turned and went back in with his dog. It was mentioned also to him that if we saw this habit continuing that we would call the apartment complex to complain. Our point is that since it is a privilege to be able to have a dog here in a rental building, his negligent behavior could jeopardize things for every dog owner who rents from this company.
Well, as the days passed, the dog poo piles outside that entrance door have grown. He simply is too lazy to pick up after his pet. So...today a call was made to the main office of the rental company. The woman on the other end of the phone said that she would call him and give him a warning.
We hope it changes things. Not only is it unsightly to look at, it could end up putting all dog owners who rent from this company in danger of not being allowed to keep their dogs in the apartments.
What do you think? I personally feel that this person's dog should be taken away from him. He only does the bare minimum with the dog. He is NEVER seen out walking or playing with the dog.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Many dog owners turn their pet dogs over to local shelters for a variety of reasons. Sometimes when people re-locate they are not allowed to keep pets in their new homes or apartments, while others discover that family members have become allergic to the dog and they are forced to find a new home for their beloved pet. There are some dog owners out there that just do not feel they have the time and/or the resources to keep the dog any longer and feel forced to give it to the nearest shelter for re-adoption. Whatever the reasons, the fact is that there are tens of thousands of dogs sitting in shelters today all across the United States who are waiting to be adopted.
If you have been thinking of getting a dog, instead of looking through your local newspaper for puppies for sale, consider giving a shelter dog a home instead. Sadly, most shelters are extremely over-crowded which means that the if the dogs are not adopted within a couple of weeks, the shelters will be forced to euthanize the dogs. I took a tour through a large dog shelter in Michigan a few years back and the tour included a peek inside the 'freezer room'. This room was nothing more than a walk-in freezer which contained dead dogs and cats, wrapped in plastic, stacked as high as the ceiling, awaiting burial somewhere in a mass grave. Although that scene stuck in my head for many years, I totally understand why shelters are forced to put thousands of dogs asleep each year-they simply do not have the room to keep the dogs nor the resources available to build bigger shelters. Dog shelters are faced with rather strict budget restraints and they often get their funding from volunteer donations. Most of the folks that work at the shelters are donating their time and are caring for these abandoned pets out of the goodness of their hearts. Shelters all over the U.S. are overflowing with adult dogs that only need a second chance in life. The dog shelters do their best in assessing the dogs they take in to see if they are used to being around other dogs and pets, if they are good with children and whether or not they are housebroken and trained to walk on a leash. You may be surprised to find out that a great many of these dogs would indeed make outstanding pets and that they were abandoned by their original owners for reasons well beyond the dog's control.
Adopting a dog can save you an incredible amount of money compared to buying a purebred from a breeder. Often shelters will charge you for only for the cost of vaccinations and the basic care they have provided. You can often walk away from a shelter with a wonderful and deserving dog for less than $100 and sometimes for less, depending on the circumstances. You may be pleasantly surprised too that the shelter has micro-chipped your dog to ensure that he or she will be returned to you if it happens to wander away from your home or yard.
So, instead of looking online at young puppies for sale, please do consider getting in your car and driving to your nearest dog shelter. The dog shelter that I visited told me that whenever new people come in to view the dogs that are up for adoption that the shelter staff does not allow the visitors to look at the puppies until they have viewed all of the adult dogs up for adoption. This is done for obvious reasons as people find puppies irresistible and won't even consider looking at a full grown dog when there are puppies up for adoption at the shelters.