Love Your Pet: Responsible Pet Ownership is a colorful new stamp series that offers reminders of the importance of spaying or neutering, regular visits to the veterinarian, proper nutrition, creating comfortable surroundings, & plenty of play, exercise & attention. Like the popular 2013 “Adopt-a-Pet” stamp set, this issue was produced with the guidance of the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS).
Despite constant urging from rescues & animal welfare groups that dogs should live indoors with their families, especially during extreme weather, thousands of dogs live their lives tied up (or chained) in backyards. There are lots of reasons why forcing a dog to live like this year-round is unhealthy & unkind — & it’s not just about the weather. Many dogs love to be outside but in this post we are referring to those who are tied up 24/7.
Two years ago our family rescued, “Susie Q”, a mixed breed Roti-Beagle who had been tied up for 7 long years. She was on an 8 foot chain & had a small uninsulated dog house. Sadly she lived only a few feet away from her human’s house & it must have been dreadful for her to hear & smell her human family but was almost never allowed to be a part of the pack. When we brought her home she was beyond happy but the harm done to her was clear. She is a wonderful part of our family but she remains very needy. She gets separation anxiety whenever someone leaves the property & she struggles still with social norms.
Dogs are highly social pack animals. Unlike their wild cousins dogs don’t have packs, they only have their human family. Keeping pet dogs tied up outside consigns them to a life of loneliness. Depriving a dog of companionship is its own form of cruelty.
It should also be noted that dogs can overheat very quickly in warm weather climates & can get hypothermia in cold, wet conditions. A dog left unattended can suffer terribly or die needlessly.
One of the cruelest things you could do to a dog is to leave them tied up outside for a prolonged period of time. Dogs kept on chains watch as the world goes by. Can you imagine what that life would be like. No companionship, no interaction. Could you live that life?
CEO Olivia <3
Many dog food manufacturers claim their kibbles (crunchies to some) clean the animals teeth. Yet dental disease is far too common, often affecting dogs before the age of two. Too many veterinarians accept dental disease as a natural occurrence in dogs when it isn’t.
The fact is, all kibbles, regardless of advertised benefits to the contrary, can cause dental disease. Plaques, stained teeth & tartar buildup have been accepted as normal for most dogs when this is a very unnatural sign of improper diet, bacterial imbalance or possibly a chronic disease.
Poor quality foods contribute to gum & tooth disease. High levels of sugars & carbohydrates provide rapidly available nutrition for oral bacteria. Poor nutrient quality simply does not support the immune system. Probably most important, though commonly overlooked, is that rancid foods contribute greatly to degeneration of all body tissues.
Feeding dogs the diet they were designed for that’s not laden with starch – is enough to prevent & even treat dental disease.
A ground raw diet helps prevent tartar build up, unlike diets that are high in starch. A balanced high quality cooked or canned diets are acceptable alternatives. But please, no kibble.
CEO Olivia <3