"The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven, not man's." – Mark Twain, Letter to W D Howells, 4/2/1899

Dogs and the Homeless.


ImagePhoto Credit:http://livedoor.blogimg.jp/gachhasoku/imgs/d/6/d6214e90.jpg

Generally speaking, dogs belonging to homeless people are probably a lot happier and more well adjusted than the average pet dog.

Without knowing it (or maybe they do) homeless people give their dogs a lot of what they need every day.

It is in the nature of dogs to travel.

In the wild the pack will travel for a large part of the day in search of food and water. This instinct to travel is deeply imbedded and it explains a lot of ‘bad behaviour’ that pet dogs exhibit when they are prevented from traveling.

A big house with a big back yard is still just a fancy kennel if you are a dog.

Every one and every thing will eventually go crazy if you lock them up, even if it is in a fancy house.

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The blogger that I got this photo from is a moron so I’m not giving them any credit.

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We walk our dogs twice a day and we meet a lot of people along the way. Often these people feel guilty seeing us out with our dogs every day and they will often say that they do not have the time and that their dog has a big backyard to run around in. I’ll bet the dog likes running around in that big back yard but that is exercise and is not the primal activity that is ‘traveling’.

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Photo Credit:http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/homeless-man-reunited-with-stolen-dog-20101220-192hr.html

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Photo Credit:http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-12-07/charities-show-some-ruff-love-to-homeless/4416182

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Photo Credit: http://dogsinnercity.com/tag/homeless-dogs/

To travel with your pack leader is an honour and a previledge to a dog.

So, the excitement that a dog owner sees when the lead comes out is partly about all the adventure and smells that are about to happen and mostly about the primal enjoyment of traveling with the pack, and the pack leader.

ImageThere isn’t a dog in this shot but I thought is was a very good photo so I put it in anyway.

I think I got it from TheAge, but I’m not sure.

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