Life for a Chained Dog
Dogs can live on just food and water. But to be happy, dogs need
exercise and daily love and attention from their guardian.
couldn’t invent a worse punishment for a dog than keeping him permanently
chained. Dogs are highly social, pack animals. To isolate a dog, providing
no outlet for interaction or exercise, is extremely cruel. Chained
dogs tend to become anxious, aggressive, neurotic, territorial, and
Imagine being chained to a tree year after year. You watch the back
door hoping someone will come out to play with you. No one ever does. You
long to run and stretch your legs, but all you can do is pace back and
forth over your small patch of packed dirt. Sometimes you get tangled up
in your chain. You shiver in the winter cold and pant in the hot summer
sun. Fleas biting your skin are a constant torture. Eventually, you stop
barking for attention. You have given up hope.
Humans have lots of
ways to entertain ourselves: movies, video games, shopping,
television...Your dog only has YOU. Your dog is depending on you to make
his life a good one or a terrible one. His fate is in your hands. If you
can't give your dog a happy life, should you even have a dog?
The Good News
Dogs can't speak for themselves, but the good news is that you can
help stop this common form of animal cruelty!
It is up to caring people like you to improve the lives of chained
dogs. Some people think, "It's none of my business." But it is the
business of compassionate people to speak up when living creatures are
treated like objects--tossed in the backyard and forgotten. You will
feel so good about yourself if you help a chained and suffering
Guard Dog, from Patrick McDonnell's
wonderful comic strip Mutts.
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