|10-28-2013 09:10 PM|
|10-28-2013 09:03 PM|
Some Joseph update pictures.
|10-06-2013 01:20 AM|
There is a huge difference between a dog living their entire life--or the majority of their time--on a chain and a dog spending a few hours a day outside on a chain. The former is cruel.
As the anti-dog chaining organization says, dogs deserve better. You can rationalize until the cows come home but there are degrees of quality of life for dogs, just like for people. Just because they are well fed, their area kept clean and they get occasional exercise and one on one time with a person and time off of the chain or out of a kennel does not mean they have a good quality of life.
|10-06-2013 01:07 AM|
Tying a dog out on a chain is not something you compare to training collars...
I agree with Sunflower.....not what I.consider.an acceptable or preferred method of containing a dog.
I wonder how many reputable breeders would sell a puppy to someone who said the dog would be chained.
|10-05-2013 11:32 PM|
Other people feel the same way about prong collars, and e-collars -- both are illegal in places. some feel the same way about crates -- cages.
All of them are tools. You can abuse any tool. One of the most spoiled dog I ever knew liked having his half hour every morning on a chain in the back yard. He was out longer than usual one morning and the neighbors came to check on his owners because they are elderly and they never leave him out longer than half an hour.
Chains are not evil. But they can be misused. It is much worse that the dog's condition was ignored. And whether they left him to starve for weeks, or if he has epi or some other condition that makes him unable to metabolize any calories, in both cases the owner is responsible for a henous act. I think much more henous than chaining the dog.
I am always digusted with the imbedded collars. How can anyone let that happen?
|10-05-2013 11:02 PM|
|meek||not a chain. sorry.|
|10-05-2013 11:00 PM|
|meek||this also makes me sick, i hope he does get jail time. he sure does need tied to a tree and with NO food. all my dogs live in my house. I would never put a dog on a chain. maybe a kennel, no a chain.|
|10-05-2013 10:41 PM|
We all have opinions regarding what is a good life for a dog, what is acceptable, not acceptable, and downright cruel.
I believe taking an intelligent animal and imprisoning him on a chain is cruel.
What you believe is different. I accept that.
|10-05-2013 10:29 PM|
The dogs have double coats that protect them from heat and cold. Yes they need shade/shelter of some sort.
And being outside chained to a tree is probably a heck of a lot more stimulating than being locked in a crate for 10 hours during the work day, and then another 6-7 hours at night.
I am saying that in itself it is not abusive, but it can be abused, obviously, as in this case.
|10-05-2013 10:19 PM|
All GSDs are not velcro. I have some that like to be right with you, and some that are independent enough that they do not need to be in the same room every minute. They are happy enough knowing where you are.
We had a shepherd mix when I was a kid, who wasn't right until she was chained back in her area. We would take her off her chain, she started out in the house, but after being a stray for her first 9 months, she was happier outside -- and it wasn't a house training problem. She liked it out there. I would take her on off-lead walks through the neighborhood, and romp in the back yard, or sit together on the front porch, she would rush over to go back on her chain. Almost like her chain meant she belonged.
She had an aggressive form of stomach cancer at about 18 months and we did a surgery, and the vet said she would probably not live 12-18 months tops. But she did. We put her down at over 14. And she was healthy 'til the very end.
Off her chain she was hyper and anxious, on her chain she was calm and relaxed.
In itself, chaining is not abusive. Like everything else it can be abused. This dog is an example. All the dogs I knew growing up were kept on chains and all of them were social, good with kids, healthy, nice dogs. None were starved or had collars in bedded in their necks. Some of the hairier ones were smellier. But most of them had fine coats that looked clean and healthy.
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