As a dog owner, dog lover and an advocate for overall dog health and happiness, it really curdles myinsides to open my Facebook every day and be bombarded with pictures of half-dead/frozen dogs with caption that read things like “No one likes to be left out in the cold.”
Do I think that we need to advocate for the rights of those pets who are abandoned and neglected? Yes. Of course I do, but posts and images such as the one above seem to forget one very fundamental thing: the people making and sharing these posts are all dog lovers who have taken it upon themselves to speak out against the neglect of all dogs. That is, for all intents and purpose is a very noble cause that should, and often isn’t, be acknowledged and applauded. The targets, however, are not those who leave their dogs outside to freeze, or even those who leave their dogs outside to bake in the blazing summer sun (because really, we all know that those owners are one and the same). All these horrible, sad and utterly gut-wrenching pictures are being passed from dog lover to dog lover – any really, all that seems to be doing is stoking the anger that we may feel towards those who neglect their animals without doing much to fix the problem.
As a dog lover, wouldn’t you much rather see more of this
when you log in to your Blog/Facebook/social media site?
Because in all honesty, I know I would.
Bark back at us and let us know what you think!
Keep your tails wagging,