You are your dog’s best friend, act like it!

10 09 2009

Owning a pet is like having a child.  They depend on you to give them nourishment, protection, love, medical attention and domesticated pets typically do not have the wherewithal to survive on their own in the wild without you.  Much like a young child.  If you plan on bringing a pet into your home, your life, your world – you should give it no less thought than you would before bringing a child into it.  In fact, you get the bonus notification period with a pet as they don’t happen as a result of a drunken one night stand with the chick who became a ten after about fifteen beers and somehow has your phone number a month later (true story – happened to a friend of mine who is now ‘happily’ married to the ‘ten’).  You get to pick out your pet, decide if you want a big one, little one, furry one, bald one, old one, young one, house trained, you name it.  And yeah, you name it.

I understand that financially we aren’t all in the same place we may have been a year ago, five years ago or even six months ago.  I grasp that economically you might not be able to support your pet the way you had anticipated you would be able to when you brought it into your life.  I get that you may be at a crossroads where it is ramen noodles for you and moldy bologna for your pet, and that in a week you’ll run out of money for the ramen noodles.

I implore you, if you find yourself at that mental/emotional crossroad of debating how to give your pet a better life than what you can offer it – the interstate is not a suitable home and dumping off of any major roadway should never cross your mind.

As I took my children to school this morning, on the side of the interstate we saw three dogs.  They weren’t mangy or scraggly, and looked very confused and frightened as they watched the cars wiz past at speeds of 70+ mph.  I couldn’t pull over safely so I dropped the girls off at school and went back.  One of the dogs was already dead in the middle of the road.  I pulled over and got out my cane and began walking through the brush on the side of the interstate whistling and calling.  I couldn’t find any sight of the other two dogs.


These dogs were somebody’s pets within the last month.  They were three medium to large dogs, with shine to their coats and huddled together like children in terror.  And the act of dumping them there on the side of that interstate was no different than dumping a child there.  They don’t have the mental faculties to comprehend the rate of speed of those cars, to judge where is safe to run to.  And somebody who they loved and depended on and trusted to care for them let them down.  Issued them a death sentence.

I’m not a vet, but I am willing to bet that most veterinarians would rather come to work and see an abandoned pet on a leash tied to their front door than to see one dead with no chance at life in the middle of an interstate where the legal speed is 70 mph.  I am willing to bet the same is true for pet stores and even shelters.  And if you are set on dumping, then why not pick a residential area or a dirt road, a place where your pet has at least some chance at a better life.



2 responses

16 09 2009
Mondior - DAOC

Disgusting. People who abandon, abuse and neglect their animals in such a way absolutely sicken and infuriate me. All humanity and compassion aside, people need to learn and understand that when we “domesticate” an animal we make a pact with that species to coexist in a context outside of its nature. We, as human beings, thus have a responsibility to these animals. They did not ask to be domesticated, we imposed it upon them.

16 09 2009

I agree Mondior and it saddens me to see people abandon a pet, but if they have to, for whatever reason, there are such better ways to do so. We live out in the country and see well cared for strays looking for their next meal and watch them get shabbier over the days. We’ve taken in two dogs now that were cruely abandoned – one was dumped at the off ramp at the interstate and then the other would come up steal food and she had been beaten. She was pregnant when we finally decided to take her on – or perhaps I should say when we realized she was pregnant we finally decided to take her on and we kept four of her litter that weren’t found homes – but every week we see new ones wandering about.
The horrible fact is that when an animal is domesticated or made to depend on humans, they lose their natural instinct to find food. If it isn’t put into a dish for them, they don’t know how to find what to eat. Worse yet are the poor ones who have been declawed and have no defensive system to survive in the wild.
Just a shame.

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