(Closed) Never letting a pet inside

posted 6 years ago in Pets
  • poll: Never letting a dog inside?
    Ridiculous and cruel : (142 votes)
    77 %
    Not cruel, but still ridiculous : (34 votes)
    18 %
    Eh, why not? : (9 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 3
    2786 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    WTF? That is SO weird!

    Post # 4
    4275 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    This is one of those things that I will never completely understand.

    Post # 5
    7311 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • 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
    751 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    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 Fiance 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
    1352 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    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
    2622 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    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 # 10
    5221 posts
    Bee Keeper

    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
    7293 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    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
    13099 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    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
    11325 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    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
    3471 posts
    Sugar bee
    • 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 Fiance and I have a red lab who is a duck hunting dog, and my Future Father-In-Law 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
    1676 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    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
    18643 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    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.

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