Monday, October 24, 2016

Tethering a Dog is Bad

The Blytheville Humane Society has been hard at work over the last few weeks.  We have made several adoptions.  One special girl Paris, who had been at the shelter for 5 years, found her forever home.  Needless to say there were many tears of joy shed, Paris had waited patiently at the shelter, seeing other dogs come and go.  She never gave up. She never became angry or sad. She lived her life with us, knowing that the volunteers loved her and someday she would find her forever home. Paris we miss you but we are beyond happy that you, our special girl, have a forever home.

Of course the never-ending job of rescue also continued. We have several new faces at the shelter and in foster homes, including one big boy named Burt who is Mastiff and German Shepard mix. Burt was living on a chain (the kind of chain you use to tow a vehicle). The chain was padlocked to his collar.  He had no shelter and little food.  When we received him he was at the least 50 pounds underweight and the flies had chewed sores on his ears. 

When he walked through the door his eyes looked hollow, he would not make eye contact, his tail was between his legs, and his ears were bleeding.  But, when he entered the kennel a big soft warm blanket and a volunteer was waiting.  When he entered his kennel space, he literally crawled in the lap of a volunteer sitting in the kennel.  We can only guess that he was trying show us how grateful he is for being out of the weather and having food. 

Do you ever wonder what a dog living on a chain thinks??
Dogs are naturally social beings who need interaction with humans and/or other animals. Intensive confinement or long-term restraint can severely damage their physical and psychological well-being. An otherwise friendly and docile dog, when kept continuously chained or intensively confined in any way, becomes neurotic, unhappy, anxious or aggressive.

It is common for continuously tethered dogs to endure physical ailments as a result of being continuously tethered. Their necks can become raw and sore, and their collars can painfully grow into their skin. They are vulnerable to insect bites and parasites, and are at high risk of entanglement, strangulation, and harassment or attacks by other dogs or people.

Tethered dogs may also suffer from irregular feedings, overturned water bowls, inadequate veterinary care and extreme temperatures. During snow storms, these dogs often have no access to shelter. During periods of extreme heat, they may not receive adequate water or protection from the sun. Owners who chain their dogs are less likely to clean the area of confinement, causing the dogs to eat and sleep in an area contaminated with urine and feces. What's more, because their often neurotic behavior makes them difficult to approach, chained dogs are rarely given even minimal affection.

Burt is gaining weight and getting healthy. He will be ready for adoption in the next couple of weeks. If you are looking for a forever big friend, Burt would love to meet you. 

~ ConnieKayA ~
A Southern Girl sharing her passion for living an abundantly blessed life.