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Protecting our animals

November 26, 2013

Listen folks, let’s get our animals in! Remember, if you domesticate it you think for it. I am seeing dogs in doghouses without covering and, of course, I made a call....

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Tgrammiex4

Nov-26-13 3:28 AM

Agree, agree, agree!I could never understand why people got dogs just to tie them on a chain in the yard or keep them in a pen. What kind of life is that? Keeping them like that in extreme weather (hot & cold)is just cruel.

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mikekerstetter

Nov-26-13 3:56 AM

I've never understood getting a dog and tying it up outside either. Our dogs have been dogs that stayed inside with us.

But on the other hand, I've never understood the whole hot/cold frenzy with animals who are left outside. As long as they have food, water and shelter, what else do they need? It's not like they go build themselves a fire in the winter or hook up the A/C in the summer in the wild. Too many people put human emotion into it.

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sideliner

Nov-26-13 5:13 AM

mike, domestic cats and dogs have never lived in the wild.

You could actually say the same things about humans who have roamed the planet for thousands of years without having to "go build themselves a fire in the winter or hook up the A/C in the summer..."

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Capricorn1

Nov-26-13 6:26 AM

A neighbor of my sister has a lab that they keep outside year round. Having two labs myself, I get upset every time I go over there in the dead of winter or the middle of summer and see the dog all alone looking miserable. I've had dogs all my life and emotions or not Mike, your dog should be part of your family and should be kept inside and given love.

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eriklatranyi

Nov-26-13 7:29 AM

Many hunting dogs perform better if they are outside (with shelter).

But, there are bigger problems in this world than how people care for their pets.

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rmiller

Nov-26-13 7:30 AM

Who gets my husband out of the dog house when he gets in there?

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rmiller

Nov-26-13 7:33 AM

While Mike's comment may seem cold to some, he is correct in separating the line between humans and animals in his post.

eric's post is spot on.

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CMReeder

Nov-26-13 7:52 AM

Yes some people do put too much emotion towards there animals and there are those who don't put enough emotion towards their animals.

Back to the letter, getting people to think is the first problem. If they are thoughtless about the animals in their care what else are they thoughtless about.

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CMReeder

Nov-26-13 7:53 AM

Sorry that is their animals not there animals.

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hopeforfuture

Nov-26-13 8:44 AM

Except for working dogs like guard and hunting dogs. The canine has been breed to be a companion. Most dogs and cats bring peace to the owner. So if you do not want a companion, don't get a dog.

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underwood

Nov-26-13 9:13 AM

If you own a cat, dog or any other pet, its welfare is your responsibility. If you can’t act in response to your pet’s needs you shouldn’t own it.

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Tgrammiex4

Nov-26-13 12:07 PM

My dogs have had a rough life. They are 12 & 13 now. Back when I was still able to work, the thermostat was always left at 72 in the winter and the AC was always left on for them in the summer.I worked at a place where we had to wear a coat all winter ( they kept it at 60 in the shop,72 in the office) and in the summer there was no AC other than in the office, 2 little windows in the whole building. Yeah, my dogs have had it rough....LOL

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Fredzz

Nov-26-13 2:29 PM

hopeforfuture:

Right-on the Mark..

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mikekerstetter

Nov-26-13 2:32 PM

Capricorn1-"I've had dogs all my life and emotions or not Mike, your dog should be part of your family and should be kept inside and given love."

I guess you missed the part where I said "I've never understood getting a dog and tying it up outside either. Our dogs have been dogs that stayed inside with us".

Our dogs are house dogs and they stay inside with us. I personally wouldn't own a dog that I kept penned up or tied outside.

I just simply don't buy the whole argument that dogs are no longer equipped to live outdoors.

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JJEETT4

Nov-26-13 8:42 PM

the worst offenders are those who keep beagles in "rabbit" pens off with a wire floor to walk on. beagles are very loving dogs. dogs thrive on companionship, to chain them to a dog house is cruel. i drove by one today on warrensville road, there he was up on a side hill facing the wind, no shade, no flap on the door to keep the weather out, no straw bedding for warmth. he has short hair and short haired dogs have no undercoat to keep them warm and should not be outside. breeds like huskies, malmutes, chows love the cold weather.

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TheMoe

Nov-27-13 10:20 AM

If they do this to a dog, imagine the neglect their children receive.

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JJEETT4

Nov-27-13 11:28 AM

yes, how can you sleep at night snuggled in your warm bed knowing your dog is out there in subfreezing temps trying in vain to stay warm. or sweltering in the summer heat with no shade and only hot water to drink, while you are nice and cool inside. how do they justify that?

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