Post # 17
DO NOT GET A DOG IF YOU HAVE TO LIE AND KEEP HIM OUTSIDE ALL THE TIME. You are not ready for a dog. A dog should not be left out all the time, thats just not fair to the dog. it sounds like you just want a dog to have a dog and thats not a good reason.
Wouldnt you rather have a dog be addopted by somebody who is going to let him live in the house as a family member and be loved as a family member then adopted by somebody who is going to leave him alone outside all the time?? Think about the dog
Post # 18
@dubhcheist: In principle, I agree with everything PPs are saying. You definitely shouldn’t lie; you’d be found out quite easily. Also, I really am against the practice of having only outside dogs. I am from New England, but go to school in Georgia, so the idea of an outside dog is something I was really surprised by till I came down here.
BUT, I think there is perhaps one situation where I would support you in getting an outside dog. It is a very specific situation. That is:
- the dog has been an outside dog (don’t introduce a new dog to this situation)
- the dog has NO chance of being adopted by others (i.e. is about to be euthanized, is older, is a “black dog”)
- you provide the best care possible (at minimum, you build a comfortable dog house that is raised off the ground and well insulated against heat and cold, you feed quality food, you interact with your dog daily, and you bring the dog inside in threatening weather)
I’ve met many dogs in my local Georgia pound that I think would be happier in the situation I described above than in the situation they are in now 🙁 You may have to be patient because most shelters will not like your situation, but I do think that you have something to offer a dog (albeit a very specific dog). Good Luck.
Post # 19
Please don’t adop at dog at this time. I find it unfair to the dog to keep it outside at all times because you’re not in your own house. It’s also not fair to the shelter to lie.
Post # 20
Depending on the shelter too, they might want to do follow ups including visits to make sure the animal is adjusting well to their new home. Our shelter also requested to speak with our landlord prior to adopting our cat. If they do find out you lied on your application or the dog isn’t living in what they deem acceptable conditions, you have pretty much a zero chance of ever adopting again. Shelters definitely keep each other in the loop as far as applicants go.
Post # 21
Don’t lie. As other PPs have said, those stringent policies are in place for a reason. A dog deserves more than to be kept outside all day. If you knowingly violate your landlord’s rules, you could easily be kicked to the curb. You are not being fair to the animal and are not providing an adequate home at this point.
Post # 22
It is animal abuse to keep your dog outside! Think about in the winter and hot summer? Please, please do not do this. Your pet should be your friend and part of the family, not something you feed and water and leave outside to be bored and miserable. Dogs are meant to be inside most of the time. PLEASE DO NOT GET A DOG RIGHT NOW. And it is never the best thing to lie. You are not in the right situation to get an animal right now. Oh, and cats should NOT be left outside either. This is very important. Dont lie on your adoption applcation, please.
Post # 23
Would you really adopt a dog and keep it outside all the time?!?! Like everyone else has said, do not adopt until you move or your landlord allows you to have your dog indoors.
Post # 24
Definitely don’t lie. But I agree with mspuppylove, there are some dogs that would do better than others. An older dog that’s used to being kept outside would be preferable. A couple more things to think about though: Does your yard have a good fence? Dogs can strangle themselves tied up, so they shouldn’t be left alone tied up. Also, are you going to be at this home for awhile? Will you move to another rental after this, or will you own your own home?
Post # 25
Keep in mind the shelters have these rules for a reason; they know the animals best. If you have to lie in order to get a dog it’s obviously not the right time for you to adopt.
Post # 26
It’s animal abuse to keep your dogs outside? WTF?? Dogs are animals not people. They can live outside. Growing up all our dogs were outside dogs. Am I missing something here?
Post # 27
An older dog which is used to living outdoors might be happy to remain as an outdoor dog, but you can’t take an indoor dog and make it into an outdoor dog, that’s just cruel! A dog which is used to living indoors needs to be adopted by someone who will keep it in the house.
Also, as others have said, what about if you move and can’t find another landlord which will accept a dog? Will you just dump it? This all sounds very selfish and oriented towards your desires not the dog’s needs. Imo the best course of action is to wait until you have a stable home before getting a dog.
Post # 28
@tcanne: It’s animal abuse to keep your dogs outside? WTF?? Dogs are animals not people. They can live outside. Growing up all our dogs were outside dogs. Am I missing something here?
Definitely an outdated way of thinking. Dogs are pack animals, and have a need to be close to their pack members. As our pets, we are that pack. To relegate them to the outdoors is far from ideal. Growing up, my family had outdoor dogs, (both of my parents grew up on farms so dogs were basically another farm animal). Once I started doing research on dogs, I realized how wrong it is to do so. All of our dogs will now be indoor dogs that are a full part of family life.
I COULD live in a cardboard box in an alley…but I wouldn’t choose to if I had a choice in the matter.
Post # 29
I don’t think you are in a position to be adopting a pet right now given your landlord’s stance. Sorry, but dogs are social animals and most breeds don’t do well alone outside.