Abuse and Neglect or Great Life?

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  1. sassafras

    sassafras mushinois

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    It is a bit reckless, but I don't think I'd label it as abuse. Honestly I'm torn about whether to truly call it neglect. It's one of those... completely different cultural norms of dog ownership than I belong to, I can see both faults and positives in it.
     
  2. Paige

    Paige Let it be

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    I don't think happy = it's okay. Lots of toddlers are happy stuffing their faces with batteries. Still not good for them.
     
  3. LauraLeigh

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    Just to be clear I am not saying it's ok... I worry about him, but I do think he's better left this way than taken to a shelter, a hound mix at a shelter here is not as likely to have a good outcome
     
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    Personally, I think you're making the right call, LauraLeigh. Is it ideal? No.
     
  5. Paige

    Paige Let it be

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    Yeah I would probably do the same as you in that situation. Here I'd take the dog in no question because our shelters are not over run with dogs but sometimes you have to make a choice based on whats available to you in your area.
     
  6. LauraLeigh

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    Our shelters aren't terribly full, but a hound is far, far less likely to get adopted
     
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    Paige Let it be

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    I don't think hounds are in high demand up here but you aren't going to really come across one at the pound either. We only really seem to have Shepard crosses, Pit Bulls, Rottis and Labs with the odd other breed tossed in.
     
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    Paige Let it be

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    Awwww! What a bunch of cuties.


    Judgment calls some times have to be made. Hopefully he won't eat anything bad for him and will continue being a happy boy.
     
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    Sounds like a typical country farm dog to me. I don't at all think he's neglected and certainly not abused. It may not be what we'd choose for our dogs and I'm not saying it isn't risky but different people see different things as risky.
     
  11. *blackrose

    *blackrose "I'm kupo for kupo nuts!"

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    ^ This is my sentiment as well.
     
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    Sounds like all the dogs around where I live, hell Beau when he was much younger between 6months - 2 years old lived like this (Where I lived there were no leash laws). He was free to hunt and do Beagle things! He had lots of friends and loved every minute of it. When we moved and had to keep him from roaming...it's like a piece of himself went away.
     
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    This. It's not that I'D choose, or how I'd raise a dog, but I wouldn't call it abuse. I think it's neglect to a point, but just another way of raising dogs I guess.

    My step-dad and moms cockapoo basically lived like this. We have 3 acres and behind us is 90 acres of farmland. She NEVER wanted to come inside so we'd often leave her outside. *I* never liked it, I'd try my hardest to get her in, but she'd go run under the deck and it was impossible to get her. However, she got ran over when she was almost 5 years old. She chased cars... it was inevitable, I was devastated but I almost knew it was going to happen one day. So... to me, that's the risk you take when owning a dog and raising it like that. However she was a happy dog, loved all of us, slept in my moms bed every night, loved playing with Jackson, was brought to the vet at least yearly. I would've chosen different for her, but at that point, she was already so set on her ways.
     
  14. Dekka

    Dekka Just try me..

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    I would say its benign neglect and a great life... till something goes wrong. I like the idea of a note on the collar.
     
  15. Laurelin

    Laurelin I'm All Ears

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    ^^ Agreed. I definitely wouldn't call it cruel at all.
     

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