Left to right: Harriet the Boxer, Frances the Boxer x Pit Bull, and Thomas the Boxer x Klingon

I got into a bizarre discussion on Facebook with a former animal shelter ACO who believes that folks who live in apartments should not own dogs. She thinks that a fenced yard should be required, and that lack of one is dog abuse. (And weirder, she feels that it’s also abusive to have children in apartments.)

Can you just imagine if the millions and millions of city dwellers in the world no longer had dogs (or children)? We would have to kill even more dogs than we already kill, and for what? The lack of a mythical “perfect” home? That’s kind of monstrous.

So here are the three dogs I’ve had while living in my current apartment. I don’t think they look miserable. Sure, in a perfect world, we’d all have acres of flowered fields and enchanted forests to play in, but that isn’t the world most people inhabit, and that’s okay. Dogs are incredibly adaptable, and lucky for everyone, they mostly just want a chance to play, to go for walks, and to hang out with their people.


Filed under Crankypantsing, Pets, Photography

2 responses to “Sundogs

  1. Jackie

    That is just TOO weird! I know that most people in Montana have “space” but most also work and given our temperatures, esp. in the winter it is important to keep pets indoors. My dogs are small but most people seem to have big dogs and the dogs are very happy being indoors! So I think this is just weird!!


  2. Very weird. Even if I had a fenced yard, I wouldn’t leave my dog out in it unsupervised. If nothing else are likely to annoy the neighbors with barking, and they’re at the mercy of anyone passing by.

    When I lived in the country, I was one of the few people in my area who didn’t let my dogs roam loose. People thought I was weird for having a fenced dog yard, and even weirder for not having a dog door.

    I just don’t see how not having a fenced yard is harmful for a dog, or that having a fenced yard is magically going to make someone a responsible owner. The whole exchange was bizarre and totally counter to newer shelter adoption standards.


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