|Barked: Tue Sep 10, '13 2:17pm PST |
|Since moving out, my family has stated several times that they "miss having a dog."
They think about getting another one, but the one constant is the dog has to live outside. No dogs in the house at all. That's not a big deal to me. It makes the search more difficult as it knocks out most rescues, but it's not a horrible life as the dog will have 3/4 of an acre fully fenced in to romp around in.
My problem comes with exercise/socializing. My family is the type to talk about increasing exercise, do it for a week, and then find some reason to slack off. I urge them to have some sort of routine to get the dog out of the yard at least a few times a week.
I just feel the dog may slip into your standard back yard dog....lives out there, gets fed and gets attention when the family goes out there, but that's it.
But then I think about another side...a dog stuck in an animal control kennel with a timer counting down his days. And suddenly, the back yard dog life doesn't seem so bad.
They want me to help pick out a dog when they get more serious about it. I try telling them the importance on at least walking the dog, but they just look at me like a broken record and a crazy dog lady who goes over-the-top when it comes to dogs. And this is just on exercise!
What would you do? Encourage them adopting a dog from animal control or encourage them to just not get a dog?
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