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anonymous Helping others take care of their pets July 25, 2007 10:35 AM

Many dogs are abused by their owners on purpose which is cruel. But some dogs are abused by their owners simply because their owners don't know how to take care of them. If at pet shelters, pounds, and petstores the sellers inform their buyers about the proper ways to take care of their pets then a lot of pets can live happier lives. Also if you see that a friend is mistreating their animals tell them, don't be shy, cause if you don't tell them who will? And if no one tells them then the pet will live an unhappy life.  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
 
Helping others take care of their pets July 27, 2007 5:15 PM

It breaks my heart to hear of any kind of animal abuse! I agree that information and education are the keys to preventing abuse....of any kind. I joined a great pet owner's group back home and we have quite a large membership. We have booths at pet shows and are involved in therapy dog training. There are lots of things anyone can do. Becoming involved in an organization that works to help pets and owners in your community is a big step forward. This sounds like a public service announcement and I guess it is. If everyone gets involved in one cause that works toward responsible pet ownership we could stem the tide of unwanted animals heading for the pound and shelters. If all you can do is sign a petition at Care2...then just do it! Bless you all for all you do!!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
helping others take care of their pets August 04, 2007 11:52 PM

You are so right!! It may initially be uncomfortable to let someone know that what they are or not doing may be harmful to their pet. I personally love to use the words, "Sweetie, you know I love ya to death, but you really shouldn't (insert suggestion) it could be harmful to your pet." I like to use sugary sweet somethings to get my point across, you are more effective if you are gentle when correcting a pet owner....just my experience. I was a cop and if I used an "authoritative tone" people usually turn you off. I offer this bit of information because I am the person who will poke her nose in your business when I see an offense. It has gotten me some stares, but I think it's better to try to help someone become a better pet owner that to ignore a problem and bury my head in the sand. I encourage everyone to speak up when they see a situation they believe they can improve...however...be very cautious..if you observe a serious or dangerous situation, call the police! Bless you for your concern for our companion animals.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
caring for pets August 13, 2007 12:03 PM

I used to take my rescue Rotty jessie to a retirement home where my mother was, and it was a very happy time for the older people, myself, and Jessie. I have often spoken to people about how to correct behaviors, and I always say--the puppy needs to be trained--do not espect the puppy to know what is acceptable. I find that most owners need to be trained too. I do what I can whenever I can to prevent problems..  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
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