|Barked: Tue Jul 24, '12 7:30pm PST |
|Yes, I agree with the article.On top of that I would add that if the pound allows people to adopt though they have no fence, and breeders allow adoption without a fenced yard, what business do private rescues have limiting based on that factor? Growing up we had a schnauzer that came from my aunt's bitch, but when the time came to say goodnight to that one, we got another from a breeder. We looked at schnauzer rescues, but nobody would accept us as a potential family due to having no fences. The problem was not about cost. The way the property lines were drawn made it difficult to put up a fence in a way that the neighbors could agree to. rather than fight with otherwise very nice neighbors, we sort of shared the space and watched our dogs, and trained them to stay in their yard. they did this very well throughout our time there. Our dogs were part of a neighborhood community where each dog got along, and all the dogs were allowed to come into each other's houses. It was low traffic, lots of shade trees, a suburban place where everything seemed to be thriving.
My dad did not want to go to the HS for a dog because at the time he still believed that the dogs at a shelter were damaged goods. That's an unfortunate opinion that is hard to crack. So we wound up going to a breeder. The dogs have now had a good long, pampered life, but imagine if that had been a rescue. Somebody wouldn't let a dog go over a matter of a fence, and so we went to a breeder. that doesn't save dogs, that shuts out dogs from loving homes.
As for me, both are rescued, Foxxy from someone who didn't really want her anymore, and Tag from the HS, and neither had any trouble giving them to us though we live in an apartment. They get to go to a large leashless park weekly and a small one every day, and they get walked every 4 hours, and they get to go on playdates, and they get to travel lots of places dos don't normally get to go because we can put them in their soft bags, which are nearly indistinguishable from gym bags. Even our vet was fooled by them. They will go with us on all vacations and amost everywhere we can get away with. They're rarely alone for more than an hour, and they have nice comfy kennels to rest in when they do have to be left at home. Oh and we spoil them with premium dog food and as many toys as we can find that are safe. So what if they don't have a backyard? they don't know what they are missing, and quite frankly I would worry that a hawk or owl would snatch them out of the backyard even if I did have one.
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