It’s been a bit since I had a serious discussion on any topic religiously, politically, or otherwise controversially motivated. I am not sure that I have anything today. However, for the time being I am going to pursue a discussion of why my neighbors seem to think that it is perfectly normal and okay to keep their dogs chained up for 23.5 hours a day.
When you first pull up to our home you will notice on the left-hand side a little pit bull mix called Champ. He has a lean-to of sorts against an old raggedy shed, a doghouse igloo, and he is on a red “chain” tethered to a massive stake in the back of his yard. There is no fence.
If you continue to walk towards the back, Carl, will greet you shortly with barks, dust, and excited running back and forth. He is a boxer-pit bull mix and wild as a march hare (although he would rather eat one).
At least the teenage son at Champ’s place takes him for a run each night and will play with him sporadically. However, both of them still stay chained up all the time. The other side of this coin is that our bedroom is within twenty feet of where Carl is chained. At night we have a possum and two cats that come wandering around the neighborhood. It drives him crazy. He barks his head off forever (sometimes it can last an hour). I have talked to the neighbors before about it and all I got was, “I don’t know what we are going to do about him.” She seemed generally distraught but at a loss for how to handle the situation. I would rather him be inside their house in a crate all night as I had chained up outside in the rain, cold nights, or buried in the dirt. He doesn’t mind because he doesn’t know any different.
Two nights ago he got off of his chain and I had to chase him down. It was great seeing him take off running and just getting all of that built up energy out. How hard would it be for them to get a dog run system to let him stretch his legs? Both owners for that matter could use the system. I just don’t understand the mentality that people have when it comes to buying these “tough” dogs. We have a breeder of pit bulls at the top of our hill and one of them charged the teenage boy while running his dog the other night. He ended up tossed off of his bike and busted his head open. The other dog did not bite him because Champ intervened. What would have happened if Champ hadn’t have been there?
We can’t even walk our child up their way for fear of what might happen. This shouldn’t happen in a family friendly neighborhood. Currently out of the five neighbors we have 3 have some sort of aggressively bred dog. There are a total of 9 dogs, 4 of them are pits and 1 is a boxer. The rest belong to a neighbor who knows how to treat her animals and understands the responsibilities of owning pets.
Gotta go. Just wanted to vent. Here are some more pics.