Believe it or not Lilly was kept outside in her former home. All the time. In Arizona.
Especially in Arizona. In the Summer.
Yes Folks, in 2015 I still meet...face-to-face...morons who intentionally leave their dogs outside.
In the Summer.
Oh, you don't like that word? "Moron is a term once used in psychology to denote mild intellectual disability."
How about this word? Ignoramus: "a person who does not know much: an ignorant or stupid person."
OK...you tell me. What word would you use? Be honest.
I thought about this post quite a bit; contrary to what you might be thinking at this moment. It was of course triggered recently by yet another person...described as above, who tried to hire me for pet sitting, but intentionally keeps their two dogs outside. The reasons matter not, how the confrontation went down between them and me also matters not.
I thought about writing on damaged psychology of the dog who is forced to live out of doors. I thought about discussing the different cultural implications of certain races, religious upbringing, and regions of the US and world who believe in the "concept" of "Indoor" and "Outdoor" dogs.
Yes...I thought all that through.
Here's the thing; I am so far from that "concept" of the "Outdoor" dog in my own mind that I suddenly realized why I get caught by people like this. When I say "caught" I mean that I've been sucked into making an appointment and actually taking time and gas to go to their house to sign them up as pet sitting clients, only to be severely shocked by their animal "care" practices that I have to immediately and abruptly walk out.
In my mind I am still so appalled by certain people's animal care practices that I've formed some kind of mental block about it. I actually believe...until I have a shocking reality check that 90% of the people out there "must know" these things are wrong.
This is progress, however. Really. After 23 years...and counting....of being a professional pet caregiver I finally know why I still get caught. So there's that.
But I can't NOT include some of the reasons why there is NO SUCH THING AS AN OUTDOOR DOG in this post.
Mind you the following reasons apply for any dog in ANY state...not just here where last week it hit 119 degrees in parts of the Valley...where the moron-ignoramus-insert-name-here tried to become my client.
DOGS ARE PACK ANIMALS THAT THRIVE ON COMPANIONSHIP.
When I arrived at Mr. Moron's house and met the two dogs for the first time, they were so desperate for attention they continually climbed all over me and were trying to hang on my arms and body in a "hugging" fashion. Basically they were pleading at me to be saved as hard as they could.
BACKYARD DOGS HAVE MORE BEHAVIORAL PROBLEMS.
Mr Moron complained that the dogs would not "stop" acting "this" way. Don't worry...I told him why they acted "this" way.
BACKYARD DOGS ARE HARDER TO TRAIN.
Mr. Moron also complained that the 1st dog was "fine" until he got the 2nd dog. Then the 2nd dog would not house-break. It was then...he claimed that they were delegated to the back yard. I took one look at that 2nd dog...a very intelligent and calm (once he figured me out) Pittie and I knew I'd be able to housebreak him inside an hour.
Interestingly, the wife said she couldn't have them in the house because she was severely allergic to them.
BACKYARD DOGS HAVE HIGHER RATES OF EUTHANASIA.
I almost told Mr. Moron that he had one too many dogs...but I quickly realized that he had two too many dogs. I also realized it didn't matter anyway. That household is so screwed up...those dogs will soon end up at the Pound. I'm certain of it.
Moral To The Story:
Since at this stage in my career I can still be fooled by these kinds of people...I now realize it's not my fault. I am continually progressing and staying on top of modern animal care practices...yes, because it's my job...yes, but I do this job because it takes a certain type of person to be able to do this kind of job. A kind of person I would never want to be any different from. Never. Ever.
Also, you folks out there. Yes...you. Do you know people who do this? Do you live next door to some? Do they reside in your neighborhoods? Are you guilty of it yourself?
Why have you allowed it to continue? I don't want to hear your excuses. I want to you to look at yourselves in a mirror and ask yourselves...WHY. Why have I let it continue?
Read these articles: This one. And this one.
If you have read these articles....and this post, and still don't see a problem...do your dog(s) a favor and find them a home where they will not be continually forced to suffer out there.
To everyone else; give your dogs/cats/birds/ferrets/turtles...whatever you got; an extra hug...for me...and for those two poor dogs, who I'm sure will suffer a lot more before anything changes in their lives. Think of them...send positive thoughts. Please.