Owners Offload Dogs Bought In Lockdown By Pretending They Are Strays, The Guardian, 23 October 2021
Charities have reported a growing trend of people abandoning their pandemic pets as they no longer have as much time for them.
A lot of people failed to think through buying a lockdown puppy and are now struggling to keep up financially or experiencing behavioural problems due to a lack of training and socialisation.
I knew this would happen. This is why I no longer believe in having pets. Would we adopt a child only to abandon it when it becomes too expensive? Requires too much “work”? You don’t put a child in a cage. Or chain them. You don’t leave a child alone in the house for hours while you work or shop. You let a child play with other children, groom them, teach them, feed them well. When you own a pet, you prepare for high medical bills, high boarding bills. You hire someone to walk and exercise them if you can not or will not. Having a pet is a long-term, high-investment undertaking.
Was this a pandemic puppy that became too much work?
Oh, how I loved the video, such a sweet little puppy and hopefully now with a happy home all his/her own. It’s so sad so many are not so lucky.
Me too. It struck a few heart strings, that one.
I too no longer believe in having pets in the city at least. Are you familiar with John Berger’s essay Why Look at Animals? I read that years ago and it got me thinking. On a similar note, I also find the widespread practice of putting pets to sleep “when their time has come” ethically problematic.
Berger … I will look him up.
People change. I have changed to become someone who cannot bear to see a life tethered. Zoos, aquariums, factory farms, pets. They are all the same.
Life! Beautiful life! Let it go!
Just read this piece in the Guardian about Berger’s book:
Why Look at Animals? by John Berger
I really connect with this: