That’s what I was wanting to write about earlier! I just couldn’t think of it at the time, but after a good feed and a drink, here I am again. So I was reading this post about <href=“https://theblindblogr.wordpress.com/2018/08/16/no-love-had-no-love-lost/“>this lady’s aggressive dog.</a> She was soooooo upset. It’s even worse that her and her husband had apparently worked together to resolve some issues for the sake of themselves and their son. God! Sadly the circumstances are tragic for this dog, and it will be euthanised. It just so happens that not all dogs are nice. Most are lovely, but the nasty critters are few and far between, and unfortunately, <href=“https://theblindblogr.wordpress.com/2018/08/16/no-love-had-no-love-lost/“>Kaitlynn</a> was unlucky enough to take on this dog years ago. Of course I haven’t read through her blog to find out the full story and past goings-on, but my heart goes out to her family. How terrible when a family pet causes such tension! Sometimes, you’ve just gotta think of what’s best for the family and euthanise the animal, both for its well-being and for your own safety. I know it’s hard for a dead dog to have well-being, but suffering in some way isn’t nice at all, and when the dog in question can’t be rehabilitated, what can you do? It’s unfair to the dog to keep it alive when it’s unhappy enough to lash out every day and won’t learn how to act differently around people. I felt terrible reading the news. I’m sure this family will struggle with their decision for a while, but I firmly believe that when a family pet can’t be happy to the point that it suffers, it should go. And no matter what, somehow the decision to euthanise is always wrong in some way. But in such cases, the decision is always right. An incurably aggressive dog is an unsafe companion, no matter how you look at it. Good luck to you and I hope you find another much more amiable companion when you’re ready.

I’ve heard it said that aggressive dogs aren’t born that way. Well I suppose in most cases it’s true. Iut sometimes a dog will grow up and turn aggressive because of how its brain is wire. Animals and people are similar in that most of us are fantastic. But rarely you get the odd person or animal who’s wires cross for some reason, and the behaviour becomes corrupted. I’ll assume the same mystery applies to people and especially animals, where some jobs require some forms of violence to complete tasks, such as guard or police work. But sometimes, people and animals in rough jobs may be too docile or friendly for the type of work required. It’s just how it is. I think it’s disgraceful when some people label all aggressive dogs as being created by bad ownership. And even if it was, maybe some people who love dogs may have been deceived into buying a supposedly friendly dog and later it turns out the dog had a horrific past and is very mean, and the new owners may find this out when it’s too late and they’ve already bought the dog. You just can’t label a dog owner without knowing the facts of the story.

I’ve read a lot of websites about dog adoption, just type ‘dog adoption’ in Google and you’ll see thousands of results. And the subject of animal adoption is so controversial. Some people refuse to adopt animals because they’d rather raise them themselves. Why adopt a dog when you can buy a puppy? Same for any animal really. But then, arguing for either bias would work. Adopting animals gives them a new lease at life so they won’t be euthanised for no reason unless they happen to be dangerous, but dangerous animals can’t usually be adopted. So anyway, adopting dogs, cats, birds etc, gives them a second chance so to speak. And if they’ve been abused or neglected, they can live the rest of their lives happily ever after. And maybe, adopting animals prevents backyard breeders from thriving. Mind you, if people were responsible enough, they’d neuter and spay animals and maybe the problem of unwanted pets wouldn’t be so previlent. So I really don’t know, it entirely depends on the situation. If you ask me, I’d rather raise my own pet from a baby. That way I could train it and I wouldn’t have to take the risk of dealing with issues in adopted animals. Maybe any animal in the world can develop issues even if you didn’t adopt it from a shelter. But it’s more risky to take a dog home from a shelter than it is to raise your own pet. That’s how I see it. As horrible as it is, the most friendly animals at a shelter may not necessarily be what you’d expect once you bring it home. Some apparently unfriendly animals can turn out to be the best companions ever, too. But I’d still rather buy animals from a reputable breeder, or try to adopt baby animals from a shelter to give them a good start. Animal adoption is a personal choice, but I wouldn’t adopt unless it was a career changed animal or retired service animal. That way I know any current issues wouldn’t be a risk to my safety and the animals are already trained and all I’d have to do is get the animal accustomed to my environment and house rules. Every animal would have some baggage, they’re just like us in that sense. But just to be certain I’m not risking my own safety, I’d stick to adopting baby animals only, or adopting a career changed/retired service animal. That’s just me! Other than that, I hope people who’ve run into difficulty will eventually find a new companion to suit, or that somehow their current furry friends will eventually become friendly.

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  1. manyofus1980 Says:

    I don’t know if I’d like to adopt either. I would however take a retired service animal. In fact I had to retire my last guide dog a few years early. She went to a child with a disability. As a companion animal. I still miss her, well, she died recently. But now I have my furbaby nitro to keep me company so I am not too sad!

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