I briefly thought about teaching Zody to hunt, sought of like they do with bear cubs and such, before setting him free in the woods, but I got to thinking he'd have a very hard time surviving the winter, if he managed to not get eaten by the coyotes or hawks before, then so I canceled my return Zody to the wild plan.That article really moved me so I set my Mia free to give her the freedom she rightfully deserves. She peed and then stood at my back door crying to be let back in. It's probably a good thing. Her hunting instincts are non existent so I have no idea how she'd feed herself.
Does this person know anything about why and how the transition from wolf to domestic dogs came about? About how they became domesticated in the first place? How our first relationships with dogs helped our species survive because we had dogs to help us hunt? Helped us farm? Helped guard us? In some ways, they helped us form society by working for us.Simply put, breeding dogs to be "pets" is a wrong and cruel act that is detrimental for our society.
:eyeroll:Ingrid Newkirk is head and founder of PETA. She would love nothing more than to see no human own ANY form of a pet. Be that a domestic dog or cat, or a bloody lion or tiger. PETA euthenises 90% of all pets that land in their shelters. Doesn't matter whether they have behaviour problems, are as close to perfectly behaved as an animal can come or whether they are a newborn kitten.
And "no-kill" shelters turn away about 90% of animals that are turned in on their doorstep. They do, by majority, only accept the pretty, cute, and easy to adopt. Anything ugly, hard to control, or with a bad history is shuffled out the back door to a kill shelter so let's not say PETA is a monster. At least PETA is more open about what they do, no kills hide behind pretty venues.
As for the original post & blog
Far as I can tell she's a bit extreme but she is stating hard fact... something that most people [like 90% of people] would rather put their hands over their ears and scream lalala like a 5-year-old rather than hear.
If she is supporting exotics that's a problem but if you read her other articles it seems she is not. She is merely telling you information.
However, she raises some very good points. Most dog breeds nowadays are nothing but mockeries of what they were supposed to be
GSDs - ruined
Bulldogs - ruined
Irish Setters - ruined
BCs - eventual ruining due to this show aspect. 80 to 90% of BC owners back in the day NEVER wanted to join the AKC. Really only reason why the BC is part of the AKC is cause of a bunch of whiners that wanted show dogs instead of what the breed was supposed to be.
Saint Bernards - ruined
APBTs - ruined
The list is endless if you know anything about the dog breed's history. One reason why when I get my next dog I am going to the country and buying a real version of the breed - not some market place cheap pawn-off.
A lot of dogs are either crated or left outside when people get them because the person is working an 8 hour job and couldn't be bothered. I concur, if you were locked in a 2 x 2 room for 8 hours a day without anything to entertain you would you not be going out of your mind? And all cause your "owner" wanted something pretty to trot about the neighborhood.
If you think crating is fine for your dog for extensive hours - kindly lock yourself in the bathroom and stay there all day. See how you feel afterwards.
I've never crated either of my dogs - nor my relatives' dogs have been crated - because if someone isn't at home then there's either a relative or a friend that can look after them for a while. And if not they've been trained to behave while unsupervised. Athena, uncle's African Mastiff, has never been crated despite been left 8 hours a day... she has the rule of the living room and is trained enough to behave [the neighbor let her out every few hours for potty]
Add to the fact that people are now getting into these "potty" grass .... sh*t ... for their apartments and houses cause they're too lazy to get off their lard ass and put the dog out.... and yeah. You don't have time for a dog, don't get one. It's not a bloody toy.
I got to laugh at the selective breeding. Yeah, it's a joke and it's pathetic.
Countless dog breeds have been ruined cause so called "breeders" haven't a clue what they're doing - GSDs for example, 1950s was when the standard started slipping and now you find roach / slope backs in almost every dog when they were supposed to be nearly the same as a Malniois if you read the original standard. The East European and the DDR is a PROPER GSD type not the mass produced F-variety found in most show rings or by "high quality" breeders. Been revised a bit to make leeway for cruddy breeding.
Or when something can be done to improve a breed - the high acidic urine of Dalmatians, the natural bobtail of Boxers - it's frowned upon by hard headed "pure blood" breeders that really should be locked in a cage themselves and forced to reproduce with their mother / father / sibling - see how they like the results of their own inbred offspring.
Then there's some breeds that are bred despite serious medical issues - I won't broach short snouted dogs but the Ridgeback. Africa has ridgeless dogs which are well favored in some areas. The ridge is spina bifida in all actuality and there's ridge breeders that will drown normal ridgeless pups. Those disgusting extreme and all other type "Bullies" - yeah it's real attractive [and intelligent] to have a dog that can barely move it's so fat, and yet they're bred for.
Illnesses & picking up after your dog. Yeah right. 70 - 80% of the people in my area wouldn't know a doggie bag was even if you threw a full one at them.
There's also the fact that people don't get their dogs vetted properly. I worked at a young teen at a local vet in a small town for the summer. The number of animals that came in overdue for their shots ... and this issue was only brought up by the vet while doing something else [neutering, treating paws, etc.]. A lot of the owners said next time - we're in a rush, no money, etc.
Dogs are a public threat - you're damned right they are. Maybe not the dogs themselves but the idiot owners make them dangerous. Very dangerous in some areas.
All Dog Bite Statistics
2001 - 2003 roughly 4,500,000 people were bitten back then, and it's probably the same now.
It's fine to blame creatures like sharks cause we can't cuddle a shark. A species who world wide between 1580 and 2013 have killed 2,881 people while dogs in the USA alone killed 238+ between 1979 and 1998.
FLMNH Ichthyology Department: World's Confirmed Unprovoked Shark Attacks
If we rough estimated on that basis of 1979 to 1998 been about 12 deaths per year and times it by the time period [433 years] of shark attacks that would be 5,421 dog related deaths in the USA alone... almost twice as much as sharks worldwide and nearly five times as much responsible as sharks in the USA alone.
So yeah, I love dogs as much as the next person but I also look at cold hard facts. Anyone watch the video of Tara the cat and saving the child when a vicious dog [which apparently was the neighbor's] just this last week?
Add to the fact that not many people get the balls to pay up when their dog rips into you - without being sued that is or charged/threatened by the cops - and dogs are a potential public threat
Sorry if it's rantish but that author is excellent.
"Bored for hours on end" certainly doesn't apply to every pet dog - we all know there are owners who give their dogs great life enrichment. However, do you "control" your dog? Was your dog stolen from it's mother as a youngster? Is your dog "surgically altered"/neutered/spayed?Stolen from your mother as a youngster, confined, controlled, surgically altered, and bored for hours on end. Imagine yourself as a "pet" dog.
Do you deny your dog freedom, as the author states? Do you keep your dog indoors? Chain them outdoors? Keep them on a leash? If you keep your dog in your home - "denying their freedom" - you are engaging in animal cruelty, as far as the author is concerned!Domestication is cruel
Many owners of dogs think that they love their “pets” and that they are members of their families, but the reality is that these animals are being denied their freedom that people mistakenly think they no longer desire because they have been “domesticated”.
Are your dogs with other members of their species, free to make their own decisions without your intervention?Dogs should be with members of their own species, free to make their own decisions.
Okay, great! And now, how exactly should one keep an adopted dog, and give it "as much freedom as possible", whilst ensuring the health, safety and security of the dog (and of course other humans, animals and children), whilst also not engaging in ANY of the "cruel" nasty things the author was moaning about?If you must have a dog, please only adopt one, and try to give it as much freedom as possible in its confined and unnatural existence.