|Barked: Sat Jul 24, '10 3:34am PST |
| Unemployment is hitting everyone these days
Exactly. And you never know if it will hit you. I have seen people who were comfortable in their job, felt secure, who had been working there for years upon years... get laid off because the company was losing money. It's scary how high the unemployment rate is rising. If everyone who was suddenly unemployed got rid of their dog, imagine how packed shelters would be. They're already getting packed and not everyone who gets laid off/fired is giving up their pets. It's wrong to say someone on low income shouldn't have a dog or a cat. People lose their jobs. It happens. If they have enough money to take care of their dogs (regardless of whether or not they can afford to feed raw, or afford the best vet care, or even afford to feed Wellness or Ziwi Peak) who is anyone to stop them from having a dog? I would rather see a dog with a family who is barely getting by, but managing to take care of themselves and let their dog live inside, eating Iams, getting vet care, spayed or neutered and well loved than see a dog with a well to do family living outside, on a chain, eating whatever they can afford that week. I'm not lumping anyone in a category here. My point is that there are bad dog owners on both side of the spectrum. I have seen people who practically live in mansions (over exaggeration, but you get the point) with dogs that are outside in their (fenced in) backyard on a five foot chain with little water and little food. I have seen it in trailer parks, too. Likewise, I have seen well to do families with a well taken care of indoor dog. But, I have also seen that in not as well off family's.
I think there is an extent, though. If you can't even feed yourself, you shouldn't have a dog. Likewise, if you don't even have shelter... you shouldn't have a dog. If you had a dog beforehand, you should have a friend or family member take care of him until you can get back on your feet. I'm not the most well to do person on Dogster. I won't deny that. But I do what I can. We used to be well off, but like I said earlier, things happen. Things that left us not as well off. We're getting by. And yes, I would feed my dog before I'd feed myself. I don't see what's wrong with that. If I had children, I'd feed them before I'd feed my dog and I'd feed my dog before myself. It's priorities, that's all. My dog is a responsibility, as my children would be. It is my job to make sure my dogs have shelter, water and food. And if that means that I'll be eating a TV dinner while they eat their kibble, so be it. I won't be getting another pet for a while, no. Because I know that, now, we couldn't afford it. However, you can bet all your zealies I'm keeping the ones we have now.
I've never understood the idea that people who aren't well to do shouldn't have dogs. If only people who were high income had dogs... well, imagine how much the shelters would be packed. They're already packed now. I don't want to think about how packed they'd be then.
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