|Barked: Sat Jun 9, '12 5:03pm PST |
|@Happy and Bruno- Right on! I completely agree.
@Skarlet- Yeaaa, I can see what you're saying. I mean, I certainly wouldn't ever leave my dog outside with an electric fence for the reasons you stated. However, if someone else wants to and their dog is well trained to the fence, well... I guess other animals and idiotic people are a risk you'd have to take but like I said, we take risks every day and imho, all fault would still be on the harasser. It's a shame we've got to alter our lives/change things we'd rather do another way due to the mass of idiots in the world.
I leave a couple of my dogs outside when I leave (which is not often) and I have a chain link fenced yard. Could they chew through it if they wanted to? Yup. Could they learn to jump it? Yup. Could another dog come along and break into my fence and attack my dogs? Yup. (There was one dog who actually did break into my fence before, thankfully friendly tho). Could some cruel person come and poison my dogs or harass them 'til they're bitten or what have you? Yup.
So many things can happen but I also feel it would be much worse if I were to leave my dogs crated inside all day long (especially when I start working a job). Not saying people who do are cruel or anything, but I'd just rather my dogs have the room and fresh air that they enjoy. And if risks come with it, well, risks come with everything and I feel those risks to be low. But again, if any of these things would happen, it would still be the fault of the person/owner of the other dog.
I guess I just have a really bad spot for people like this teen. My dog, Steele, was harassed all the time by a boy in the neighborhood. This was always while I was walking him or rollerblading with him (see? the risk is still there even when a dog is supervised).
Once, he purposely scared Steele so badly that I nearly fell right on top of Steele while rollerblading and we both could have seriously been hurt (thankfully there was grass I could jump in so I got my balance). Dangerous stuff, this kid was pulling. I let his mother know and she finally put a stop to it but it was already too late for Steele. Steele hate's this kid's guts. All it takes is seeing this boy (and only this boy) and he goes bat-crazy. Obviously, Steele is always leashed or fenced (supervised) so there's next to no chance he'd ever hurt the boy. But... yea, I have NO tolerance for idiots. Sorry. lol
Edited by author Sat Jun 9, '12 5:04pm PST
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