By Jenny Anderson
Special to Today’s News-Herald
There was a poem entitled,” Alone Again”, written by an anonymous author. It describes what a dog might think after being adopted and then relegated to the back yard. The poem was written from a dog’s point of view, and I have paraphrased the message here:
“If someone would just tell me what it is I have done wrong.
Why am I tied up and left alone so long.
They seemed glad at first when I came as a pup.
There would be many things we’d do as I was growing up.
They were excited to train me as a companion and a friend.
And they told me they would never fear being left alone again.
The kids said they’d feed and brush me every single day.
They said they’d play with me and walk me if only I could stay.
But now the family doesn’t have the time; they now say I shed.
They don’t want me in the house, not even to be fed.
The children never walk me. They always say, “Not Now!”
If only I could please them. Will someone tell me how?
You see, all I have is love. I wish they would explain
Why they seemed to want me, but then left me on a chain?”
This illustrates the unhappiness and frustration a dog must feel when left alone too much and not given the care and attention it deserves. Dogs are by nature pack animals and want to be with others, which in this case is the family. When a dog is left tied up for long periods it can develop bad habits, such as digging, chewing, and even aggressive behavior. A dog kept outside may be subject to pests and extreme weather conditions. In short, it’s not a good situation.
Before adopting a pet, please be sure your motivation is based upon the ability to provide a good home for the animal. Include the pet in family activities and ensure there is a responsible caretaker for it. Animals are a valuable family addition and should be treated with love and care.
There are some special prices for spay and neuter procedures funded by the S.N.I.P. (Spay Neuter Incentive Program) throughout January. Altering a dog is just $39, and cats are $29. Appointments must be made in person either at the WAHS adoption or health and intake facilities.
The next rabies clinic will occur Saturday, January 17, from 8-11 a.m. This will take place at the aquatic center, 100 Park Ave. All animals must be on a leash. Dog licenses will also be available. No other immunizations will be available at this clinic.
The Western Arizona Humane Society is open Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., with kennel hours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 855-5083 for details. For found or lost pets, call 855-4111. View animals found at www.lhcpd.com.