Who couldn't love this face? She's so sweet and earnest and so very simple in her needs. All she needs is a warm, soft place to sleep, yummy food and the occasional treat, some tummy scratches, a few tosses of the orange squeaky ball, and a few trips outside each day. Oh, and someone to love her. I like to think that I've done a pretty good job. I've certainly tried my best to do right by her because that's what I signed up for when I got a dog.
I understand that dogs aren't children. I understand that some people think I coddle my dog or that dogs don't need as much of our time and attention as kids do. I know some people think it's ok to leave dogs outside as long as they have some shelter and are given food and water.
But I also know that dogs are sweet, loving, living creatures and they have needs. People who aren't willing or prepared to meet those needs have no business having a dog. If you don't have time to see your dog for up to 14 hours a day, if you aren't able to pay for someone to come take the dog for a walk, or if you aren't thoughtful enough to see if maybe your neighbor can check on the dog for you, then don't have a dog.
Every dog deserves a safe home with loving people who can meet that dog's needs. It infuriates me to see a dog not receiving the care and treatment it deserves. I hate being put in the position of having to go to bed knowing there is a sad, neglected dog next door and having to feel like I'd be committing a crime if I took the poor thing into my home for the night. I don't appreciate having to ponder taking actions that would permanently damage a relationship with a neighbor.
If you can't take better care of your dog, do the right thing and find the dog a new home. At this point, Maddie and I would gladly step up.
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