Sasha has decided that today is a lazy day. She is ready to just play ball for a short time and then lie on the deck. We should all have the life of a dog. Well maybe not just any dog, but certainly our dogs. When we look at all the beautiful well-kept dogs in www.citydogmagazine.com it is hard to think of other dogs which are running loose and meeting with the unfortunate car tire.
Sasha has a fenced enclosure and is walked and gets plenty of exercise. However, many dogs are not as lucky. Most of us do not want stray dogs in our yards but also do not want to call the humane society or shelter. There must be a better way but we have not found it. People are fined, having to appear in court for not containing their dogs or losing their pets altogether. This does not seem to have an impact.
We can talk to our neighbors however that seems to end in a bad relationship and when the person is next door (what to do?). A person once mentioned they had given the neighbor a leash and book on how to care for the pet. When that had no effect, they offered their teenage son to walk the dog for the neighbor, at no charge. And the last thing they did was to buy the neighbor an Invisible Fence for the pet. Nothing seemed to work. Upon arriving home on a cold October day, our person was met with the sight of the Humane Society at the neighbor’s house. Fearing the neighbor would blame this person, they stayed away from the neighbor for weeks, at the same time the dog was noticed to be out less and being well cared for.
What happened that day is still unknown; however the outcome was a great home for the dog and less stress for our friend. We can only hope that all will work out well. If there is a thought about getting a pet, please make the decision after careful thought. Check with others who have this type of pet and check with the local shelter for some free advice on temperament, care, and necessary extra attention and health issues. No one ever said that a Golden Retriever would need acres of running space when she came into our home. Living in the city, was this going to work? The vet suggested she learn herding and then make a connection with a famer who needs the services of a herd dog. This worked wonderfully and everything worked out.