By Nancy Stoops
It is on behalf of dogs everywhere that I write this article. Being the proud owner of Midnight, the black lab/black shepherd mix shown with me in my photograph is truly a joy and honor. Midnight is nine years old and very healthy. Midnight and I take lots of long walks in our neighborhood and he has many buddies along the way. Some of his buddies are very well cared for and live safe lives. Some of his buddies aren’t so lucky and are let out to walk themselves.
I can’t believe how many wonderful dogs I have seen without tags and let out to walk themselves. I can’t believe how many dogs end up hit by cars and die because they are illegally let out by themselves. Legally dogs are supposed to be licensed, vaccinated and leashed when they are out off their property. They should be walked by humans that can help guide them on what is safe and what is not when they are out of their house or yard.
A dog is a huge responsibility and an enormous joy. Caring for a dog properly involves feeding them healthy food, cleaning them, vet visits, walks, licensing them, cleaning up after them, and always providing clean drinking water and shelter and lots of love, affection and attention. It’s not okay to have a dog or any animal that is neglected. There have been many new laws passed to help protect animals and people lose them everyday because of neglect. So I ask you to think about all of this before you get an animal. I beg you to stop allowing your dogs to walk themselves. I ask you to understand how helpless they are and how much they count on us to care properly for them. Please take the time to be a responsible and loving pet owner!!!!!
This article was written by Nancy Stoops M.A., M.F.T. Nancy is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has a private practice in Diamond Bar and is currently accepting new clients; she is also a motivational speaker who can inspire your employees or group members. Nancy runs free family support groups, a group on loss for seniors, and groups on how to manage anger. For more information about any of these services feel free to contact her at (909) 229-0727. You may e-mail Nancy at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may purchase Nancy’s books Live heal and Grow and Midnight the Therapy Dog.