Whille I am writing this afternoon, I have a dear friend of mine right here with me. She was walking in and out of my office for a while; but then she decided to take a nap on Momma's bed. I think I hear her stirring so I better make this quick. She will probably be asking me for a walk in a little while here.
One of the best decisions I ever made was to bring my dog home seven years ago. She was about two years old at the time. The previous people she lived with taught her how to go to the bathroom outside and had her spayed. Other than that, from the little information the APL had, they did not do much else for her. She was not treated badly by the previous people; but she was not treated all that great either. They left her alone a lot including outdoors when it would storm. She has gotten a lot better about storms over the years. I always tell her ( yes, I believe she understands at least some of what I say) that I do not want to be out in that storm. I am sure not going to put her out there either. After that and being pet, she calms down and realizes that she is safe and sound and warm in the house. She is truly a house dog; and that is totally fine with both of us. She is a great companion; and she acts a lot smarter than a lot of people I know. She is great; and I do my best everyday to make sure that she knows that too.
Pets deserve great non-fiction. If you can give a dog, cat, etc a good home with lots of love, affection, and fun; then do so. I feel very badly that people have lost their houses, apartments, etc during the problems with the economy. However, what also makes me sick and sad is hearing about how dogs and cats were basically left to starve to death in the house or the apartment when the people had to move out. Why don't they just take the pet with them? Maybe, there is a way that they can move with them that they just have not thought of yet. Or, if the pet cannot be with you right now, give them to a friend or a relative until they can be with you again. If both of these options do not work out, then take the pet to the APL, the humane society, a shelter; or even a veterinarian's office. Tell them that you cannot take care of the pet; and oftentimes, they can find at least a foster home for the pet. That foster home may very well turn into an adoptive home. Do not be so heartless and cruel and leave them all alone. If you have kids, what do you think you would be teaching the kids by leaving those pets all alone to die? Pretty disgusting stuff, that is what. If you do not have kids, you are still showing others a bad example. Take that dog or cat to at least a shelter where they can be loved and cared for and have the chance at a new, adoptive home.
I want happy endings to this non-fiction; not horrible crap where a dog or cat is found dead. We should absolutely take care of people properly. However, we need to take care of pets properly too. Pets take care of human beings in many ways that we do not realize. We owe them that much...we owe them great non-fiction...with as close to a storybook ending as possible!