Saturday, April 15, 2006
The dogs in our shelter are actually the lucky onesEach day when I drive to work, I come down Edwards/73rd/Hegeberger. On that short trip, I see many dogs in their backyards. Some pits, some rotties, and some mutts. Some are loose. Some are tied up. Some seem nice. Others, not so much. What they all have in common is being outside. Most of them are sitting patiently at the back door to their house waiting to get in. I'm not sure if any of them every do get in, but there they sit, waiting.
Dogs outside. It seems like it makes sense, doesn't it? It seems like what dogs really want. Fresh air, a place to run, the ability to bark and go potty whenever they want. Who wouldn't want that? But in actuality, most dogs want to be inside with their family (their pack). Unfortunately, many owners don't housetrain their dogs or can't deal with the chewing or destruction that comes with an untrained, disobedient dog. Rather than teach them these basics using crate training and other confinement techniques, they toss them in the backyard where they will not only never learn these important skills, but where they learn other bad habits like digging, barking, fence fighting, escaping, and jumping.
It makes me sad every morning when I see this and it reminds me the dogs in our shelter are actually the lucky ones.