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Death Row Dogs
by Michael Albee

(Originally posted to the Iowa Dog Trust blog @ http://iowadogtrust.wordpress.com

I was going to write an article about the things my dog and I did this past weekend Ö and we had a great weekend!!! That is, until I read an alarming article about the amount of dogs and other family pets being euthinized across the county each and every day.

I can not stress strong enough, how very important it is, that when you begin the search for a dog, that you choose the correct dog for your lifestyle and skill level.

8,767 dogs and cats die every day8,767 dogs and cats died TODAY in shelters across the land. This isnít an isolated incident, this happens EVERY DAY. This works out to 3.2 million pets every year or one every 10 seconds. 1 dog and 1 cat have died since you have read this far into this article. And they were killed ONLY because they didnít have a home to go to.

Most all of these great pets were dumped by the side of the road and captured by local animal control officers, or turned in to a shelter by owners who were overwhelmed or unable to correct a variety of behavior issues. On the other hand, some owners just got tired of them and were simply unwilling to take care of them any more.

Would they still be in a home if they hadnít chewed on a shoe? They didnít know what it was, but it was leather, and it was on the floor. They were just playing and no one told taught them not to chew on it. Someone just yelled at them in a language they didnít understand. The real problem was that someone forgot to buy a few puppy toys and then teach the dog not to play with certain thing. Or better yet, keep the items out of the dogís reach so it couldnít even get near them.

Would they still be at home if they had been housebroken properly? Rubbing the dogís nose in what it did only made the dog afraid and ashamed that it had to go potty in the first place. There are some really good books, videos and obedience trainers that would have been able to teach that wonderful dog how to go to the door.

Would these dogs still be at home if they didnít bring fleas into the house? Without anti-flea medicine, they couldnít get them off of themselves after the owner had left them in the unmowed yard for days on end.

Would they still be at home if they hadnít continually barked for hours? It really wasnít the dogs fault! They were only saying, ďHelp, Iím scared, Hey, Iím lonely, Iím here, Iím here! I want to be your best friend, come out and play with me.Ē

Would they still be at home if they would have tried harder to make their owners happy? Hitting them and throwing things at them didnít make them learn.

Would they still be at home if their owner would have taken a few minute everyday to care for them, play with them and to teach them a few social skills and manners?

After a few weeks, the newness wore off. So they stopped paying any attention to them. But it wasnít because the dog didnít try!  They spent all day, every day waiting for their owners to love them again. But it didnít happen Ö now,

 

Dear Human,

ďI died todayĒ.

Love Always,
    Your Puppy ...



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