Well there are many reasons I can give you. Kids universally love dogs. They find them cute and they feel that a puppy is an animated stuffed toy. They love to cuddle and hug a dog till time’s end. I can’t tell you how many children come home to play with Coco. So most often, it is the children who push their parents to get a dog. Another one is that they don’t have to pick up the poop or potty train them. 🙂 Who wouldn’t love the perks of having a furry friend without the toil? When it comes to adults, many get them because they are pet lovers. So far so good.
But more often than not, the men and women don’t really bring their partners on board. They fail to understand that their spouses may not love dogs, in fact some of them hate them and can’t bear to be around them. Yes, it’s possible and must be understood. Because what happens very often is that a dog who becomes a member of the family and is like a child bears the brunt. Yes, I have seen this very commonly in the gated community where I live.
People tie their pets outside their homes, or leave them on the roof or in the open balcony, giving them no exercise, no opportunity to be around people and most importantly no love. It breaks my heart to see a poor pet lying in a corner lackluster, no glitter of mischief in their eyes, no one to give them the hugs they crave and deserve, leaving them broken and bitter, making them just live out the days of their lives just perking up a little when a neighborhood kid comes along and plays with them.
It angers me and makes me very sad. I have a dog and I know how much he hates not to be sitting close to us. Keeping a pet dog tied outside the house or on the roof at all times totally defeats the purpose of getting a pet. Why didn’t you have this conversation with your spouse before getting the pet home? While I don’t want to comment on what makes people do this but they really have no right to do this to a pet. Unlike a child sometimes, a pet is always a planned decision. Please don’t bring a pet in to your home, if both the partners don’t love the idea of having a dog in their home and are committed to bringing it up together. And for God’s sake, research the breed you are bringing home. What kind of moron says that the pet is kept outside because he sheds or scratches the walls? Well the shedding part is genetic but if your dog does not behave well, it is because you never invested time and effort in training your dog. I know that because I once owned a dog who totally went out of hand because my blind love for him would just not let me discipline him. If you have young children at home, dogs like Labradors and Golden Retrievers who are gentle and friendly make for great companions. German Shepherds and Rottweilers are good watchdogs, not family dogs.
Give a pet your love and you set yourself up for immense happiness for a lifetime. They give you back manifolds in terms of affection, happiness and health. It is as close to selfless love as you can experience. But, don’t bring a pet in your house to satisfy some whim and then leave them unattended to live a miserable existence. Please.
Give the dog its due.
Do you love dogs? Have you noticed callous behavior from pet owners?