Welcome to the Dog Blog! This section of the site is a 'dogologue - that is, a monologue about dogs. It's me giving you opinions, advice, and tips on all things canine.
Because there are so many Dog Blogs, I divided them into categories. However, it’s hard to categorise with precision, as so many topics overlap. Still, I’ve done my best and I hope that breaking them up like this makes it easier to navigate through the ever-growing list of Dog Blogs.
PS. Lots Of Knowledge!
The information in this Dog Blog stems from my personal experience, the many books and websites I’ve read, and consultations with dog professionals including vets, behaviourists and trainers. I hope you’ll find plenty of interesting info here to help to you have a better relationship with your dog.
PPS. No Sugar-Coating
Dogs, like all non-human animals, are voiceless. And despite having a rich vocabulary when it comes to body language and expressive sounds, they have only one actual word in their verbal terminology: "woof".
Therefore humans must speak on their behalf.
But thus far the humans speaking for dogs have, in my opinion, been speaking far too softly. This has led to certain very important doggie needs being overlooked by a great many people sharing their homes with dogs. The consequence of this is dog after dog with behavioural problems.
These dogs are very quickly labelled as 'bad dogs' and often abandoned at the pound. Some do worse and dump the dog on the street (or stuff the dog into a bag and throw her out of a moving car, as happened to one little Jack Russell I knew).
Either way, the result is exactly same: thousands of valuable, beautiful creatures end up dead. It could happen at the pound by euthanasia - and yes, I know some dogs get adopted, but statistically at least half of pound dogs end up dead. For those dumped on the street, the dog could be hit by a car and either die instantly from the impact or slowly from haemorrhaging. Or the dog could manage to survive the danger of cars but eventually die a slow death from starvation and/or illness.
And so without apology (but with much explanation), I assure you that I’m not going to sugar coat any of what I say in this Dog Blog in order to be polite. There’s no place for politeness when lives are stake. (Think I’m being dramatic? Take yourself and a large box of tissues to your local pound to see the dogs on death row for yourself, and then tell me I’m being dramatic if you dare.)
Why should innocent animals die from human ignorance for the sake of politeness? The answer is that they shouldn’t. The time has come to stop politely whispering important dog info and instead shout it from the rooftops - and that’s just what I intend to do in these Dog Blogs!
Before I present you with the Dog Blogs, here is a poem dedicated to all the dogs who’ve been abandoned because of supposedly ‘bad behaviour’:
A Dog Sits Waiting by author unknown
A dog sits
waiting in the cold autumn sun
understand why you left her that day
Her legs have
grown weak, her throat is parched and dry
The Dog Blogs
SAY NO TO PUPPY MILLS! SAY NO TO ANIMALS IN PETSHOPS! SAY NO TO BREEDERS!
Adopt a homeless animal instead - they all deserve a second chance
It's estimated that 130,000 dogs and 60,000 cats are killed every year in Australia because there are not enough homes for them all. And the global numbers amount to millions upon millions every single year.
Puppy mills are a major contributor to the terrible problem of overpopulation. Puppy mills are essentially 'dog factories' where dogs are forced to churn out litter after litter, with no thought for the welfare of the dogs and all thought for profit. The dogs live in appallingly dirty, cramped conditions all their lives, and when they no longer serve their purpose they're killed, dumped or sold to vivisection laboratories.
Petshops fit into the picture because puppy mills are generally where petshops get their animals from. Furthermore, having animals in shop windows encourages impulse purchases, and adding an animal to your family should be a conscious, careful decision - NOT one to be made while shoe shopping.
Breeders contribute enormously to the tragic statistics above too. And it doesn't matter whether they're professional breeders or backyard breeders, and whether they breed for profit or not, because while there are homeless animals sitting on death row in shelters, any and all animal breeding is utterly irresponsible.
Now, here's where you come in. You can either be part of the problem or part of the solution. You can either buy animals from puppy mills, petshops or breeders and be part of the problem. Or you can adopt from a shelter or rescue organisation and be part of the solution.
If I haven't convinced you, visit your local shelter to see the homeless animals. Let their innocent faces convince you that adopting is the only responsible choice to make.
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