Let's See.....
Do I really want to do the right thing, to be responsible and caring and provide the dog with appropriate shelter, affection, guidance and socialization to further ensure it's safety and a longer, healthier life?

OR.... do I want to lock it outside, just provide it with food and water once a day, never give it attention or affection that it deserves and needs, , fail to walk or exercise it, neglect it's medical needs and 'assume' that it can also 'assume' that it should know when to bark, whom to bite and how to get inside the home to save my life when    I really need it?

INSIDE OR OUTSIDE PETS AT NIGHT.

If you have an ounce of this,  there is virtually no decision to be made. 

                          But, before jumping to conclusions,  see how I define INSIDE pets and also give me a chance to explain the 'exceptions' to the rule of common sense.

IF THE INFORMATION ON THIS PAGE SEEMS 'DRASTIC' OR 'RADICAL' PLEASE READ IT IN ITS ENTIRETY - realizing that people will spend 3 or more weeks to research their next car or truck purchase and spend time searching for the one that meets their needs and lifestyle.  How much time and research have you or your friends and family invested in finding the appropriate breed for your home and learning of the proper care it requires?  IT IS A LIVING BEING!!!!  Please read on.  It will take 5 min of your time.

I hope everyone reading this page has had a chance to take my pet survey. Keep a record of your answers and then compare them to the survey results page. That will help you understand more about what we've learned over the past ten years and how easy it is to make incorrect decisions

This does not really have as much to do with weather, as it does the safety of the pet. More than anything, we are talking about the sanity of you   and your pet as far as communication and the bonding between you.   Now, there are weather concerns.  Northern states can get down to 0 in the winter.  Southwest can reach 120 and above.  The dogs' water can be 120 or higher by 2pm.   Nobody can honestly justify that a domesticated animal should be forced to live in those drastic conditions.  In the back of your mind YOU KNOW BETTER.

Your dog cannot speak out and tell you of his discomfort, pain or concerns.  When he tries, it's likely you don't even pay attention.

There are exceptions to almost every rule here.  (except for permanent restraint by use of chain or rope - that is just lazy ignorance)  But the likelihood you are a legitimate exception is minimal at best.

This page is basically concerned with attempting to clarify what we have learned in the past decade and to share this with everyone possible.  Wait till you read and see what happens

REMEMBER, that those of you who are reading this, are not likely to be responsible for acts of this manner, so in order for this information to have any impact at all YOU MUST TAKE THIS AND SHARE IT WITH THOSE WHO DO.  To sit idly by and no nothing, is simply allowing the dog to die in many cases.   Don't wait till it's too late.  Make a copy and place it at the doorstep or on the desk of those who don't have this information.

There are also several other sites devoted to this topic as well. The best one is DOGS DESERVE BETTER. So, this is by no means 'only my opinion'.

First of all, I will clarify this piece, as I author it, is speaking solely of dogs and cats, pot bellied pigs and only the animals we enjoy as part of our lives

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Secondly, when I speak of 'inside' IT ONLY MEANS a minimum of four nights each week, for one hour prior to when you go to bed, spending the night, and going back outside when the family rises the following morning.  This does mean inside your home - however - We do not suggest, on this page, that your pets must have free reign of the home or access to furniture. For the hour you are still awake, it's good for the dog to be with you. A simple blanket along side your favorite chair can be his or her place. For the remainder of the night, the pet can sleep comfortably on the same blanket near the back door till morning You will have an opportunity to make sure the dog is not injured, nor has any unwanted growths, viruses or infections in the eyes or ears. .

I realize that 'regular vet checks', although a marvelous idea, are not always in the cards for many families.  So this would be preventative procedures from home.

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The reason I bring this up, is that when speaking to vets, they tell me unanimously that the biggest reason they end up euthanizing the largest majority of the animals they do, (nearly 75,000 annually ) is because the human failed to recognize the pet had any injury or illness for several months to several years before they brought the pet in. When they did bring the pet in, it had become so serious, the cost was simply prohibitive ($500 +) and the decision was made, in order to save money to kill the pet. Had the human been responsible and noticed this ailment at its' infancy on the pet, the vet bill would certainly have been simply the cost of the office visit, plus some medications - $40 or 50 tops.

So, not only was the pet doing everything it knew to make you happy and be a loyal friend, the human ignored it' to the point of suffering for several months up to several years, and the reward the pet receives is to be killed because the human doesn't want to spend the money.

Yes, I know about the problems of expecting your first child as well as claiming your existing children have allergies.  I have separate pages on this site with the largest and most recent studies regarding both of these. PLEASE SEE 'PREGNANCY'. and also ALLERGIES before making any decision to relinquish a pet or lock it outside. Pets inside the home will prevent your children for contracting these ailments and can even cure some of the existing ones.  Pregnancy,  all you have to do is realize it takes some patience and understanding and the dog will become the biggest protector of your child, not to mention one of the best friends your child will ever have.So, now we've covered the biggest part of the health issues of the pets. Let me remind everyone that nobody EVER told you that putting your pet outside was the right thing to do, or was even a good thing. People ONLY put their pets outside as a result of laziness ( I don't want to vacuum, or I can't house train the pet, and so many other poor excuses ) or failure to be successful in training the pet to do what the human expects. You cannot tell me in your heart, you honestly think it's BEST for the pet. If you've ever watched a pet when all the humans enter into the home and refuse to allow him or her to follow, you've seen the sadness. They just love the companionship that humans give them.

The very very least you could do if you think there 's a good reason for keeping the pets outside, is to make sure the pet has a minimum of one full acre of space to play and, yes, another pet of similar size and energy to keep it company. For $35 you will find a real good match at the local dog pound - one that will certainly die to morrow if you don't'. Save a life. A second COMPATIBLE pet will actually reduce your responsibility of time spent with the pet, as it now has a playmate.

Now, there will be some bucktoothed yahoo claiming 'God put dogs outside" as he practices his cipherin'' and brags about finishing the sixth grade after only 3 tries. Well, Jethro, he put US outside, too. And surprisingly enough, many who study ancient man seem to think that one reason we were able to survive as well as we did against some of the predatory animals is because we befriended dogs. They
slept with us, but used their incredible hearing to recognize oncoming and unwanted in time to alert us. In other words, we should owe them something more than a small back yard of loneliness or worse yet a dog run or a stupid Chain!!!

This also tells us that we have domesticated them in this manner for over tens of thousands of years. So, the 'bucktooth' defense holds NO WATER

DOGS LOCKED OUTSIDE:

*** suffer from anxiety and do much more damage to property and his or her surroundings
*** become more anti social throughout this type of treatment - resulting many times
in the relinquishing of said pet to the local dog pound. (excessive barking at night,
uncontrollable digging and destructi
on of surroundings, constant jumping and even
escaping in an effort to find anyone who will provide him or her with the attention
they require.)


*** will be much more likely to suffer from unrecognized ailments such as infections,
viruses and other injuries for extended periods of time. The worst part of this is that
when ultimately seen by a vet, the cost to correct the ailment is now in the hundreds or
even thousands of dollars and the human decides to have the dog euthanized in order to
save money. Clearly, had the human noticed this red eye, ear infection or swollen leg 6
months earlier, the vet would likely have been able to correct it with a simple vaccination
and a few pills of anti-bionics.

*** almost certainly be expected to protect the property in the back yard as well as
the residents of the home with no training or guidance of any kind. Yes, the dog will
bite someone in the near future, but it will not likely be an unwanted intruder, but
more likely be a guest or utility man who is welcome in the yard, but nobody ever made
it clear to the dog as to what to look for. Another poor excuse to have the poor dog put
to sleep. The same dog is also the neighborhood nuisance for barking throughout the night -
barking which the owners have, over time, disregarded due to its' consistency. Most
importantly, even if the dog were to recognize an intruder who has gained access inside
the home to burglarize or cause harm to the residents, there is no way to gain access for
the dog, so protection of the most important commodity on the premises - the residents- is
simply made impossible.

***In the northern American communities, the winter temperature can drop below zero.

***In the southern (especially southwestern US, the pets water can be 120 degrees by 2pm

IT DOESN'T MATTER THAT PEOPLE USED TO DO THIS TO THEIR DOGS - WE USED TO THINK LEAVING YOUR
CHILDREN ALONE WITH A PRIEST WAS SAFE, TOO.

Bottom line is: Nobody with any knowledge or true understanding has ever told you that keeping
your dog outside at night time was a good thing or the right thing to do. You've simply made
that choice out of ignorance to what the dog truly wants and needs or out of laziness for
refusing to take the time and effort to properly train the dog. The dog suffers throughout
the duration of his existence here and will ultimately live 5-7 years less.

 

OK, 'We want a guard dog'. OK, Did you have a professional help you to guide this dog to becoming a correct guard dog? If not, you will certainly become deaf to the dogs persistent barking and won't recognize an intruder when it happens anyway. Of course your neighbors are all tired of the dog barking and have levied several complaints to animal control against you. The pet will certainly bite someone, but it will not be a burglar or even an unwanted person. It will be a child friend of one of your kids, a meter man, or even escape your  yard in an attempt to find someone who will give it the affection it desires, and will become startled and scared while out and bite someone. All of these situations will bring lawsuits against you. It's your dog.  You could loose your home and the dog has the chance of being put to sleep now.  It did nothing against your wishes or commands, only what it instinctually knew.  But, because of you, it will die.


TEN COMMANDMENTS OF ANIMAL GUARDIANSHIP

 

1. When you adopt me, remember that my life is likely to last 15 or more years. That is your responsibility to care for me during that period of time - NOT to dump me  at the pound or on some unsuspecting acquaintance.

2. Please give me time to understand what it is you want from me. Change can be more difficult for me than for you. I don't speak your language and need time. Also please understand what is good for my health, mental status and social skills may be
jeopardized by your failure to provide my needs. I feel pain, cold, heat and in loneliness, I react.

3. Please don't be angry with me for a long time, and don't lock me up alone as punishment Do not throw me outside forever nor tie me to a post.

I need exercise. love and I need these things from you. You have your human family, your friends,
your entertainment and I ONLY HAVE YOU!!!

4. Please trust me and help me to trust you .. . . it is crucial for  mine as well as your well being.

5. Talk to me . . . even if you think I don't understand your words I  understand your voice and love it when you speak to me and stroke me.

6. Before you hit me remember that I have teeth and claws and could  easily hurt you but I choose not to bite and scratch you because I love you..

Also, remember that each time you strike me, it is only an admission on your part that you have failed once again to do what's necessary to communicate.

7. Be aware, that however you treat me, I WILL NEVER FORGET!!!

8. Before you scold me for being uncooperative or bad, ask yourself if  maybe something is wrong and there is another reason for my behavior.
Perhaps I am sick, hot, old or just plain tired, frustrated and weak.
PLEASE TRY TO UNDERSTAND WHAT IT IS LIKE TO BE ME AND PUT YOURSELF IN MY
PLACE.

9. Please take care of me when I get old and don't abandon me, for you  too will grow old. Please notice when I am ill because I need you to take
me to the vet for help when I am ill just as you need to see a doctor.

10. Go with me on the most difficult journeys. Never say, "I can't bear to   watch" or "Do it when I leave" because I need you with me even at the end of
my journeys. Please always do what is best for me even if it is unbearable  for you to do so because I love you and trust that you will.

 

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Now, if you were robbed or the wife or kids raped, the dog could not gain entrance to assist you anyway. If you think the dog cannot hear an outside intruder from inside, you really are quite uninformed on the ability a dog has to hear. It will certainly alert you if an unwanted guest as small as a cat walks across your yard.But once inside the house, the dog can also protect you and the family members should a criminal gain entry.

Dogs locked outside become less sociable, causing injury to an innocent victim at some point. They become ridden with joint problems for lack of exercise, cause tremendous damage to the yard, your belongings and plants, simply for lack of better things to keep him or her busy. They also receive many more complaints from neighbors for the incessant barking at night.

What really angers me is that each and everyone of you who have gotten this far but are still arguing to keep the pet outside, refuse to take the time to walk your dog at all - let alone on a daily basis. Not one of you has ever read a book on this because they argue this over 250 pages and with bigger words. So, be glad you didn't get caught up in that 'nightmare' of reading hell.

ANYONE with any compassion for animals would read up on the appropriate care needed for a healthy, happy pet that they are now responsible for. "Did you do that?" Why not? Oh, you 'assumed' that you knew and that your experience could get you through this. So, the life of this animal has been based on your assumptions rather than any proven, solid facts. My, how wonderfully compassionate you are. I feel sorry for your kids. You're probably not married anymore either are you. Wow. what a shock.

Oh, yes, before I forget, if you or your kids have allergies...... bring the pets inside. SEE 'ALLERGIES' page. Over the past 10 years every study points to healthier residents of homes with inside pets - preventing allergies and asthma in younger children and even curing some pet allergies by bringing them back inside at night by strengthening your immune system. not unlike anti biotics. they fight off one disease to strengthen your system so it can fight another.

Now for those of you who still think it's OK to put your pet outside all night every night or worse yet to chain the poor thing, GET A CLUE.

 

AGAIN, I STRONGLY STRESS THIS:

THOSE WHO READ THIS ARE NOT THE LIKELY ONES TO MISTREAT PETS IN THESE WAYS.  THEREFORE, IF THIS MESSAGE IS TO REACH THOSE WHO IGNORANTLY TOSS THEIR PETS OUTSIDE WITH UNATTAINABLE EXPECTATIONS AS WELL AS A TOTAL LACK OF RESPONSIBILITY, YOU MUST MAKE A COPY OF THIS AND PLACE IT AT THEIR DOOR, ON THEIR DESK, IN THEIR MAILBOX OR WHAT EVER MEANS NECESSARY FOR THEM TO READ THIS.   OTHERWISE, HOW WILL THEY EVER KNOW?

THE INFORMATION PROVIDED ON THIS PAGE IS SUPPORTED BY EVERY MAJOR ANIMAL WELFARE AGENCY, AREA AND NATIONAL BREED RESCUES AS WELL AS INFORMED AND EDUCATED ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICERS.  THIS IS THE REASON I DID NOT USE  'IN MY OPINION'