One reader says dogs are not a fashion accessory that can be dumped when something new comes along.
One reader says dogs are not a fashion accessory that can be dumped when something new comes along. Jason Dougherty

Mankind is not always your best friend

DOGS of the world, mankind is not always your best friend.

Seriously, you really do deserve much better.

Earlier this week, after hearing of another case of animal cruelty, it confirmed for me that not only should some people never be allowed anywhere near dogs ever again, but we're getting the wrong animals "fixed".

And each day it seems I'm walking my dog past a lot more barking mutts who are caged inside small yards.

At some point, their owners have bought a "cute wittle puppy", loved it to bits for a few months, got bored with it and then locked it in the backyard for the term of its natural (or unnatural) life.

Now, while this is technically not cruelty, it certainly isn't good dog ownership.

These people wouldn't dream of caging their children in a dull, heartless, soul-sapping environment every day, probably.

People, if your dog is spending all day staring into your house through a glass door before putting in a 12-hour night shift barking at moths or anything walking past out of sheer boredom, then maybe you should consider spending a little more time with it.

Dogs don't just like companionship - they crave it.

They love going on walks, playing, exploring, running along the beach and doing other interesting doggie stuff with each other in public, much to their owners' embarrassment.

Dogs are not some sort of fashion accessory that can be dumped every couple of years when the latest iPooch arrives on the scene.

Dog ownership is a serious, long-term commitment, unlike modern marriages or the position of prime minister.

So, if you're not prepared for that sort of ongoing responsibility, get a goldfish.

And please, treat it nicely.



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