( Trouble? Moi? Mais non! I am 'ow you say outrage-ed at the suggestion)---->
"A MAN has been accused of punching his next-door neighbour and giving him a black eye after a row erupted over the neighbour's dog."
Nothing, and I mean nothing, is more annoying than a loud or high pitched repetitive sound. And I can absolutely and completely understand how a person might be driven totally demented by a dog barking all day long.
But surely there are better ways to solve a dispute than brawling like a pair of eegits.
I know I've said this before, but people don't always think about what getting a dog means. Dogs are social animals, happiest when they are with the family. If you get a dog then you've got to understand his or her needs, and a bored dog is a destructive and frequently loud dog. And with so many homes these day practically built on top of each other this can and does lead to extreme confrontations between neighbours.
Certainly there are measures a dog owner can take, one of the biggest is company for the dog, perhaps another dog. Of course there's not guarantee both dogs won't bark, but they might entertain each other. Exercise helps tremendously, a tired dog is usually a well behaved dog.
Irish pounds are FILLED to capacity with beautiful dogs who through no fault of their own are abandoned by their owners and one of the major reasons are because the dog is deemed'unmanageable'. This catch-all bollocks is usually used to describe an energetic dog who like to run/dig/bark/tear washing off the line/knock people over coming into the home. In other words for acting like a dog.
If you take an animal and don't train him, you have an untrained animal, pretty obvious right? If you have a young energetic dog and you're not prepared to walk him daily to burn off that energy, you're going to be faced with an animal with no other recourse but to find his own way to entertain himself ( usually destructive)
Christmas is coming and it is really fucking sad to see some websites have adverts up calling on potential owners to 'order their Christmas puppies early'. Talk about folly at its best. Get a pup, right in the middle of the busiest time of the year, when people are coming and going and nobody has the time to begin calmly house training and introducing a young pup to a new home.
It's a sad fact of life that come the end of January/start of February, plenty of 'Christmas pups' are going to end up being handed over to Ashtown pound and Rathfarnham, victims of a busy and ill prepared home. Condemned to death and unwanted.
And so the cycle will continue.
Until Irish people start understanding WHY neutering and spaying is vital, our pounds will continue to overflow with vibrant healthy beautiful loyal dogs. Until people understand WHAT owning a dog entails we'll have more eegits brawling on the streets over barking and unsocial animals.
Will I be able to copy and paste this exact post next November or December? Probably.
Labels: They deserve better.