What is going on with all the Basenjis on petfinder.com?
..because it is easy to..
Being from Europe I am amazed at how trivial a lot of people see their pets here. They get them because they are cute and adorable, not necessairly planning for the upcoming kids in the future, or pending move that might happen etc, etc..
In Sweden (maybe the remainder of Europe is different, but I don't think it is) people get a pet and it becomes a family member, it goes anywhere you go, just look at Janneke and Tillo going to the Zoo (hope you don't mind me using you as an example, Janneke..;) ), if you are invited to friends house for dinner or go on vacation, the dog, cat, heck even the gerbile goes along..that is not how people see their dogs (or pets in general) here. I have numerous friends with one, two or even three dogs, that have never seen the inside of their homes, because they live in the backyard..why have a dog, shoot, why have several if you don't pay attention to them. Some of these dogs didn't even get to go inside during hurricane IKE..because they don't come inside..ever. Shoot, we even evacuated with our 7 just-started-laying-eggs-the-week-of-IKE chickens, they were very cozy in our jumbo Vari-kennel.
I have gotten into several heated discussions about this with my family and friends and they all say I am weird, I love my dogs more than I love my children and so on..shame on them for saying that..I do not love my dogs more then my children, but I love them almost as much..clearly it is too much for some. I signed myself up to love these pets of ours, the minute I got them..why is that so hard to stick to?
It kills me to see these shelters and how full they are, it will never end..
My parents when they came over many years ago, when I first moved here from Sweden in -91, wanted me to take them to Houston SPCA..Why I asked them and they simply answered, because they have never heard of a place that takes in pets nobody wants..why does people not want their pets, they where dumbfounded..
Sorry about my rant..I am stepping off my pedestal..