Should I Have An Indoor Dog Or An Outdoor Dog?
The question is void, because there’s no such thing as an “outdoor dog”.
But There Are Dogs Who Live Outdoors!
I do realise that there are dogs who are segregated from the family, relegated to living outdoors for their entire lives. But I contend that that still doesn’t make them so-called “outdoor dogs”.
Why? Because NO dog is an outdoor dog: in the same way there’s no such thing as an “outdoor child”, there’s no such thing as an “outdoor dog”.
Part Of The Family
A dog is part of the family, and should therefore be among the family. And because the family is mainly indoors, that means the dog belongs indoors too, with the rest of the family.
So the question isn't "Should I have an indoor dog or an outdoor dog?", but really: "Should I have a dog at all?"
What do I mean by that? Well, many disagree with my stance, and you might be among them. If you are, that’s fine. If you think that it’s okay to keep a dog perpetually isolated from the family by sequestering him outdoors his whole life, then okay. But, if that’s the case, you shouldn’t have a dog at all.
Oh, and while I’m at it, don’t have children either - the last thing we need is for you to bring up another generation of people who think it’s okay to ostracise a member of the family by relegating him to a lonely existence in the backyard.
SAY NO TO PUPPY MILLS! SAY NO TO ANIMALS IN PETSHOPS! SAY NO TO BREEDERS!
Adopt a homeless animal instead - they all deserve a second chance
It's estimated that 130,000 dogs and 60,000 cats are killed every year in Australia because there are not enough homes for them all. And the global numbers amount to millions upon millions every single year.
Puppy mills are a major contributor to the terrible problem of overpopulation. Puppy mills are essentially 'dog factories' where dogs are forced to churn out litter after litter, with no thought for the welfare of the dogs and all thought for profit. The dogs live in appallingly dirty, cramped conditions all their lives, and when they no longer serve their purpose they're killed, dumped or sold to vivisection laboratories.
Petshops fit into the picture because puppy mills are generally where petshops get their animals from. Furthermore, having animals in shop windows encourages impulse purchases, and adding an animal to your family should be a conscious, careful decision - NOT one to be made while shoe shopping.
Breeders contribute enormously to the tragic statistics above too. And it doesn't matter whether they're professional breeders or backyard breeders, and whether they breed for profit or not, because while there are homeless animals sitting on death row in shelters, any and all animal breeding is utterly irresponsible.
Now, here's where you come in. You can either be part of the problem or part of the solution. You can either buy animals from puppy mills, petshops or breeders and be part of the problem. Or you can adopt from a shelter or rescue organisation and be part of the solution.
If I haven't convinced you, visit your local shelter to see the homeless animals. Let their innocent faces convince you that adopting is the only responsible choice to make.
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