|Barked: Fri Jun 10, '05 8:36pm PST |
|Keiko, I would think that the reason for not allowing someone to adopt if they are going to keep the dog outside would be that almost all dogs want one thing in life (besides chow!), and that is to be WITH people. Dogs were domesticated to live with people, they want to be near us. I never did understand why people buy dogs and chain them up waaay back in the yard, etc, where the dog has little chance of interaction with the owner/family. Farm dogs used to be considered to some degree as 'livestock'. I believe that thinking has changed as is evidenced by all the comments on Dogster, etc. People now see dogs as a vaulable asset to their lives, they bring so much joy and pleasure to us. So they need to be inside so that can interact with us, make us laugh, entertain us, and give us comfort when the chips are down. There is nothing like a big ol' dog kiss to cheer you up!!! They can't do that from a chain in the backyard.
The downed fence is an exception--the dogs won't stay chained forever or as a way of life.
It's too scary for me to leave my dogs outside unattended. If I'm gone, they are in the house. Recently in WY, there is a rural area where someone has been regularly poisoning the area's dogs over the last few years. The latest was a lady who had both of her dogs poisoned. The gal lives way outside of town, has her area fenced, and had the dogs in a chainlink kennel area inside of the fence. Her dogs were never loose and never wandered, they were not barkers. The person who poisoned the poor dogs had to go thru a lot of work to do his act--andhe had to wait for the owenr to leave home for the day. But---he had access to the dogs because they were left outside unatteded. It's just a risk I don't want to take.
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