A Word On Owning Animals

We all have our reasons for obtaining, buying, adopting, or rescuing animals. Some of which are not with any regard for the animals themselves. I have my own selfish reasons for taking animals into my home. Of course, I also accept them into my home as a part of the family. Even our horses are part of our family. The only reason why they spend their time outdoors is because I don’t have enough room in the house for them, nor do I have a good enough steam cleaner and air freshener. I see many people who have a dog who spend their entire life outside (many of which spend that time in a small run, barely enough room to roll), which doesn’t seem like much of a life at all. If you have an expensive knick-knack, would you keep it in a closet? Most people would not. You spend a lot of money to keep your dog alive in the backyard by itself. Why not enjoy it, show it off, or at least let someone else enjoy it.

These animals that stay in the backyard with very little interaction with other mammals, such as us, tend to become very aggressive. Dogs are pack animals. Dogs want to be with their people too, or otherwise known as their pack, or family. If isolated, they simply become a bit disgruntled in my opinion. If you were confined to a small area by yourself with no other human contact, you would certainly be in a bad mood all the time too. All mammals are alike in many ways. Emotionally, we look for and thrive on attention. When we don’t get it, we lash out in ways to obtain it, whether or not we are trying to.

Backyard breeding of domestic animals is also a concern. This is often done with negligence and a total disregard for the well being of the animals and public health. People who do this know absolutely nothing about genetics and the principles of breeding. Some people think its cute that their pets are mounting each other in the back yard. Others think it’s a great business idea to keep their pets intact so that they can breed and sell their cute little puppies on the street corner, only to wind up at the local animal shelter awaiting death by Beuthanasia (drug used to put them to sleep) after three to seven days after check-in. We ask those people that allow their pets to breed, to go to the pound and look at all those animals on death row in the eye and then breed your animals because you think they’re cute. Then, when you breed your animals, think about how those few puppies that go into homes are taking away the homes of those animals in the pound that are dying in a lonely, sterile, and noisy room.

Various animal adoption and/or rescue organizations have very good intentions, in terms of finding a “forever home” for animals, but some fail to take into account an “appropriate home.” Of course, many do have strict rules and guidelines to ensure that the animal is placed in a good home. In some cases, they seem to find very exclusive homes, and are very difficult to be “approved” to adopt the animal.

Bottom line: don’t take an animal into your family if you don’t plan on letting that animal be a part of your family.

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