Your Junkyard Dog Makes a Difference in Someone Else’s Life
Understanding how a dog’s life cycle works is an important part of responsible pet ownership. A dog’s life can be brief or long, depending on many factors including genetics, diet, gender, social environment, and training. A dog’s health depends on the quality of care it receives, so providing it with healthy food, regular exercise, veterinary treatment when necessary, and the proper diagnosis when needed can help to ensure a healthy and long life.
The dog is a domesticated predator of the canine family Canidae. It is the second most common land mammal, after the human, and is now considered endangered species in the United States. While no dog breed is considered endangered anywhere else in the world, there are only two dog breeds that are categorized as endangered in the United States: the yellow Labrador Retriever and the American Bulldogs.
Because of these setbacks, in recent years the number of dogs being abandoned or euthanized has risen dramatically. This tragedy is a reflection on our society’s lack of responsibility for our pets and the emotional attachment, most people have to their dogs. Most veterinarians do not have enough training to recognize signs of physical or mental illness in dogs or in the owners themselves, so unless a veterinarian notices something amiss with a pet, usually it is too late to save the dog. In addition, studies have shown that owners give their dogs more attention and affection when a veterinarian visits than when the pet is taken home by a friend.
Many people that have dogs have a deep emotional attachment to them and consider them a member of the family. Because of this, they do everything they can to make sure that the dog has a happy life. Providing the dog with food, shelter, medical treatment when needed, and social interaction with other dogs or people are some of the ways in which a person takes care of his or her dog. Unfortunately, many owners neglect their dogs and allow them to live an unhappy existence. They fail to provide exercise or provide the proper nutrition necessary for a healthy coat or a healthy life. This lack of attention can cause the dog to become overweight or develop other ailments.
The sad truth is that many owners in the United States are guilty of failing to provide their dogs with the basic care that can keep them healthy, happy, and satisfied. Because dogs have been domesticated for thousands of years, they were meant to be cared for as members of the family. As humans have developed interests in owning dogs over the years, so have dogs. Now, it is common for dogs to live ten to twelve years as a dog owner, but by providing the dog with a happy, healthy life, owners are contributing to making this country a better place.
While there are people who love their dogs and think nothing of using abusive methods to control them, there are also many people who love their animals and have done everything in their power to properly care for them. By providing a loving and comfortable home for your dog, you are making a valuable contribution to the well-being of another living creature. By giving your dog nutritious food and exercise, you are contributing to a long, happy, productive life for him or her. Whether you choose to adopt a puppy or a full-grown adult dog, you will make a difference in someone else’s life when you adopt a junkyard dog!