Friday, November 19, 2010

The One with Friendly Friday

Mayzie's thought provoking post on Monday made me think about one of my favorite organizations.
Mission: Bring dogs into the home and family!

From their website: "Dogs Deserve Better, 2003 First Place Winner of the ASPCA/Chase Pet Protector Award, is a voice for chained and penned dogs, whose sadness speaks only through the eyes. As the days become years, many of these dogs sit, lay, eat, and defecate within the same 10-foot radius. Chained by the neck, they exist without respect, love, exercise, social interaction, and sometimes even basic nourishment. They live as prisoners, yet long to be pets.

Chaining is not only inhumane for dogs, but has taken a severe toll on this nation’s children as well. In the period from October 2003 through today, there were at least 324 children killed or seriously injured by chained dogs across the country. Chained dogs, unsocialized with humans, can become very territorial of their tiny space, and any child who wanders into this space can be attacked and killed before adults can intervene.

Would you for one second choose to live the life of these dogs? No matter what reason is given, the bottom line is that it is NOT okay to chain a dog for life. Dogs should not have to live chained or penned as prisoners, yearning for a place in a family, craving acknowledgment, respect, and love. They DESERVE BETTER, and we as caretakers have the obligation to provide it for them."

Click here to visit their Facebook group!


  1. That was such a great post! Mom almost cries every time she sees a dog that is chained up all the time!!

    TGIF Sugars,

  2. Zona,

    Mack is right, this is a great post today.
    My mom hates to see dogs chained up too. We are on our way to FB!

    Happy Friday my furiend!

    Woofs and Licks,
    Maggie Mae

  3. This is a SUPER great postie, Zona! And you're right. When you looks at the reasons WHY dogs attack, being chained is right up there at the top. Being chained up isn't a good thing for anybuddy. We are most definitely going to check out that organization. You're the best!

    Wiggles & Wags,

  4. EXCELLENT POST. Thank you for keeping this in our minds.

  5. What a grrrreat post!! Thanks for thinking of all our furiends that might not be as fortunate as we are!!

    Woofs and Kisses!
    The Fiesty Three

  6. This breaks my heart. Thanks for posting. I will definitely join the facebook group. This just isn't right ...

    Your pal, Pip

  7. Chains are for tires, not for dogs! These people at Dogs Deserve Better are doing a very important service. God bless them!

    Emma Rose

  8. Yesterday mom was chatting with a friend from work about a higher up that they both used to work with. Mom's friend had gone over to this person's house for a meeting and found out that they have a black lab. They keep their doggie in the garage and won't let him in the house because of all the fancy dancy furnitures! WTF??? Mom was most upset and her friend said that so were most of the people that were at the meeting! We have our fingers crossed that their doggie finds better accommodations. We just wonder why people want a dog if they don't want it to be a member of the family?

    Sam and Pippen

  9. It makes me sad to see doggies looked outside, alone on a chain.


  10. I hate to see dogs chained or kept in the backyard with just a dog house and never getting to come inside. Our next door neighbor has a dog that stayed chained the first year of its life until they built a fence. Now he's kept outside year round...100 degrees in the summer, snowing in the winter. I feel bad for the dog. And he barks all day and night because he's bored.

    Elyse and Riley

  11. What a wonderful, wonderful post, Zona! You said it from the heart and it was so true!


  12. Thanks for the great post - and what a wonderful, important organization!

  13. Great post! This is so important!

  14. Excellent post!!! Mom says her heart breaks when we are out on our walks and see this one beautiful lab who is kept in the garage all day while the humans are at work, and then still chained in the garage with the door open a crack when they return home. Why do they even want a dog?

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  15. You're 100% right - chains are NOT a good thing for a dog to be on all the time. Though I've heard of some supposedly reputable breeders online who do chain their dogs occasionally, I cannot support it for frequent use. Dogs need exercise and mental stimulation, and they sure don't get it while they're bolted down to something heavy!

    Nice blog - found you on the Portuguese Water Blog. :)

  16. Wowie...the next county over from us and our own city has been going through this. Our city passed an ordinance that says dogs can only be tethered for a certain amount of hours...even though there is an ordinance I haqve seen no changes. I still see tha same dogs chained day in and day out.
    The county next to us has been trying to pass the ordinace. MANY rescue groups spoke and had extensive data to back them in helping pass a law but, the Animal Control officer said it wasn't true and that basically, you can't tell owners what to do. Very appallingon the Animal Control officer.
    But, on a hapy note...there is a group that provides fencing for chained dogs so they can at least get off the chain. Not a fan of kennels either but it's better than a chain.

    Puddles mum

  17. Hey Zona Girl!
    Thanks for the reminder to keep pushing for better lives for all dogs. We certainly deserve better than a short chain or tiny cage.
    Grr and an Affectionate Woof,

  18. Its heart breaking thinking of dogs being kept like that, why do people have them, and of course with Christmas coming up there will be alot more that will be just dumped.

  19. I've seen people who chain their dogs up and rarely pay much attention to them other than to go out and feed and water them on occasion. It always makes me wonder why they even bother to have a pet if they aren't going to enjoy them. Plus it really is a cruel life for them.

  20. This makes us so sad we want to cry! But we are happy to read about DDB and all the good work they are doing. Thanks for sharing this!

    The Road Dogs

  21. Thanks for spreading the word and hyping the cause, Zona. It's a common-sense thing; a dog is a living being, and not a possession, and should be treated as such. Why is that so hard to understand for some people?
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  22. Wonderful post... very important message.

  23. Mummy used up the entire box of tissues reading your post. Very touching...that pictures speaks out loud.
    If only people would stop indiscriminate breeding and try adopting...there would be less of us suffering out there.
    Talking of chains...we have never ever been chained even for a moment.
    we just learnt to sit and stay. so it is all the more terrifying and heartbreaking to think of somedoggy chained for life. We dogs certainly deserve better.

    We wish you and your family a very happy Thankgiving. Hope u get heaPS OF treats and yummables:)

    wags, Buddy n Ginger n our family



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