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Old 05-18-2012, 02:20 PM
 
Location: Wiesbaden, Germany
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Guess that's what seperates a true animal lover from the rest of you then.. I hold animals and little kids on a pedestal. The rest of the people have lost their innocence. They're the only true pure ones left.
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Old 05-18-2012, 02:23 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I think Austin is more of a dog-loving town, in terms of events and being able to take your dog places like restaurants. My sister lives in Austin and she's always going to the dog parade or dog play group.

I live at the edge of San Antonio. There's a dog park nearby, it has trees and some training equipment (a ring to jump through, ramps to walk on). It's nice and we see other dog-lovers there. I take my dog there because I'm not comfortable walking her in my neighborhood anymore, after we got attacked by two pit bulls one day.

In my neighborhood, we find dumped dogs all the time. People love to leave them at the school, figuring, I guess, that they'll get taken home by some sweet kid. Instead, they sit there looking at everyone who walks up, hoping their owner has come to get them, while all the moms make excuses to their kids and to each other about how they're way too busy for another dog. Personally, if it's a small dog, I will take it home, clean it up, take it to be scanned for a microchip, make a small search for the owner, and end up rehoming it on craigslist. If it's a large dog, there's almost no hope of rehoming it. My neighbors (many of them, not just one or two) let their dogs run loose and don't spay or neuter, so their dogs are running around procreating until they get run over or attacked by the packs of big dumped dogs that live in the fields here, or the wild hogs that live near the water treatment plant.
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Old 05-18-2012, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Wiesbaden, Germany
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Moderator cut: Off-Topic They buy dogs without any thought and just toss them out when they become bored with them. Moderator cut: Off-Topic

Not a day goes by here where I don't see people out walking their dogs and training them. It is actually an insult to have a dog that isn't well behaved. It is not tolerated nor is it accepted. Anyone that claims the same is true in SA (along with quite a few other places) is delusional.

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Old 05-18-2012, 02:33 PM
 
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Part of the problem with strays is not just irresponsible owners but some of the policy changes at ACS several years ago. Litterers and no-kill sheltering are also contributing factors.

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Old 05-18-2012, 02:36 PM
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Location: Ohio
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The majority of the homeowners in my neighborhood also own dogs. Many own 2-3 dogs. I've never lived in a place where people owned so many dogs.

Since a few of the neighbor dogs are "outside" dogs that bark for no apparent reason, I think I'd prefer to live in a place that had fewer dogs.

IMO the fact that the local newspaper has a local columnist who writes a weekly column about pets, and that column is about dogs 90% of the time, is another indicator of how dog-centric this town is.
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Old 05-18-2012, 02:46 PM
 
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Since a few of the neighbor dogs are "outside" dogs
That's not a dog. That's a piece of property. Any "dog owner" that keeps their dogs outside should be ashamed of themselves. I keep shovels outside, I keep lawn chairs outside. I keep my family inside.
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Old 05-18-2012, 02:47 PM
 
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Drive down through Mexico and Central America and you find the same lack of caring for animals..It's the culture.
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Old 05-18-2012, 02:52 PM
 
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Part of the problem with strays is not just irresponsible owners but some of the policy changes at ACS several years ago. Litterers and no-kill sheltering are also contributing factors.
As much as I love dogs, no-kill is a horrible idea by people who obviously don't have dogs. The real solution is to get the IRS involved in catching people not reporting income from breeding, $5000 permits to breed a dog or keep an unneutered/unspayed dog, and banning pet stores. A big step would be to convince CraigsList to require people "re-homing" dogs to submit identification and pay a fee to post.

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Old 05-18-2012, 06:32 PM
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Location: Ohio
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That's not a dog. That's a piece of property. Any "dog owner" that keeps their dogs outside should be ashamed of themselves. I keep shovels outside, I keep lawn chairs outside. I keep my family inside.
I agree and I feel sorry for the dogs. I don't know why they bother to have a dog if they don't want to live with it. There's no law against it, though.
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Old 05-18-2012, 07:22 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I've lived here for almost a year and I wouldn't call San Antonio a "dog town". Maybe a "stray dog town" or even a "leave-your-dogs-in-the-back-yard-24/7 town".. But no, not a "dog town".

I've come to hate many pet owners since arriving here. In my 23yrs in England I encountered ONE stray dog that had gotten lose from it's home. ONE! In the last six months I've chased down EIGHT dogs *in my neighbourhood alone* and returned them to their owners.. Who promptly shoved them in the backyards again. Sigh.

Sorry, as an animal lover this absolutely makes me rage. I'm not equating them to humans, they are animals at the end of the day, but they certainly don't deserve the horrible treatment bestowed upon them by so-called owners. Poor things.
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