Post # 1
I personally found this ridiculous, but I wanted other people’s opinions on the matter. My ex lived down south, and his family had this beautiful, but creepily OCD clean, house. They had this wonderfully sweet dog who fell in love with me the moment he met me, but I was horrified by how they took care of him. They made him spend all day and all night outside, and never let him in the house. At night, they would put him in a crate that I feel was much too small for him, and leave him out on the stone patio.
When I voiced my concern to my ex, he said he was fine and if it got too cold, they brought his crate in…to the garage. He said they would never let him in the house because he would just mess everything up, and they never played with him and just ignored him the whole time. He would watch us sadly through the window and it would just break my heart.
If you’re just going to treat him like that, why have a dog? Get a turtle or a lizard or something that will just float in a bowl that you never have to worry about it. I realize dogs are wild animals that we as humans domesticated, but it just seems so unnecessarily mean to me.
Post # 4
This is one of those things that I will never completely understand.
Post # 5
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
I know plenty of people who keep outside dogs, but these dogs also get lots of love, attention, playtime, training, walks, etc. Keeping an outside dog is not bad, in and of itself. But never paying attention to your animal…. that’s the cruel part.
Post # 6
My old neighbors did this to their adorable little pug, he was the sweetest little thing and I felt horrible for him. He spent his life outside with no human contact, he would lose his mind if I went over to pet him and would cry when I left. It was so sad and I had arguments with my FI about stealing him and dying him blck and saying he was my new dog. I even looked up laws to see if I could reprt them but because he had a doghouse they were technically not breaking the law. Still sad though and I agree, why have a dog then?
Post # 7
I was going to vote not cruel but ridiculous until you said they never played with him and then that made me sad 🙁 so I had to vote cruel and ridiculous. I know some people have pets they keep outside all the time and I think it’s okay as long as you are keeping them cool in the summer and warm in the winter BUT you need to play with them and stuff!! Poor dog 🙁
Post # 8
Hearing this makes me tear up. I couldnt imagine doing this to my little girl. Its mostly the no attention part that makes me sad. In some climates being outside isnt so bad, but as long as they get lots of people interaction.
Post # 9
Their yard wasn’t even dog friendly. Their whole backyard was one big stone patio, with tiny little patches of grass here and there. Bastards. Sigh.
Post # 10
Yes the not playing is sad… I know a lot of people who keep pets solely outdoors but still take care of them.
Post # 11
I concur-Why get a dog?
They are pack animals and really they aren’t called ” Mans best friend” for nothin’! They want to be around you!
Just another case of people who shouldn’t have a dog, but perhaps a cleaner and more confined animal that needs minimal interaction/time/money.
Post # 12
That is so cruel and ridiculous! Why even bother having a dog?? They are pack animals and only want to be social and a part of the “pack”. Poor thing!!
Post # 13
Seriously cruel. Dogs are social creatures! If you are too afraid to let a dog into your home, DON’T GET A DOG. This is a black/white issue for me. If you treat your dog like this– I will think you are a terrible person and there is no convincing me otherwise. It makes me want to cry just thinking about it 🙁
Post # 14
- Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA
It depends on the motives of the people, in this instance, I feel they should have given the dog to a family who would have loved and cared for it– but in the instance of a hunting/working dog– sometimes you don’t WANT that strong bond, or the dog isn’t bred to be a family pet and therefore isn’t a good one.
Personally, my FI and I have a red lab who is a duck hunting dog, and my FFIL has 2 brittany spaniels for upland bird hunting– they may as well be our children and they are definitely part of the family. But, my uncle’s duck dog didn’t know how to “turn off” so to speak and did not make a good family dog, especially around my younger cousins, etc. so his hunting dog spent most of his time in a dog run, away from the family– but got it’s socialization/fun when they went hunting together.
But something like a ranch dog that runs sheep & cattle would likely live in a kennel/dog run in the barn because it’s a working dog, and has to be ready and able to take commands from anyone on the ranch, and never devieate from his training (which can often put him in potentally harmful situations) so he can’t have a close bond with any one person, because then he might not follow commands as well from others, or if the main owner leaves 1/2 way through a run, the dog could get distracted and killed. Similarly, if you have a pack of hunting dogs, you want them to bond as a pack, and not to spend their energies competing for affection from the humans in their lives, so keeping that distance is important.
Post # 15
I don’t understand this either. Like you said, if you don’t want to care for the dog properly, just don’t get a pet at all or get a different animal. My mother is like this with their family dog. I have no idea why they have it. They never play with it, rarely bathe it, and never, ever let it come inside. She won’t let my poodles come inside when we come over (even though they’re bathed at least once a week, usually twice, and their paws/face are wiped down at least once everyday). That’s fine, but she always seems annoyed that we can’t stay all that long on holidays, get togethers, etc. because we have to get back for them.
I completely understand wanting a clean house; I’m even a little obsessive about it, but, for pete’s sake, I keep my dogs cleaner than some people keep their children. I just can’t understand blanket outlawing of them in the house.
Post # 16
It’s pretty common in the South to have animals outside. I’m not used to it at all being from another area but it is how they grew up here. I can’t count how many times a pet has run in front of or next to my car.