Originally Posted by TNKittyMom
I am one that doesn't agree with "an abuse of our power". I just don't see the point in dwelling on how they came around to being part of our lives. Regardless of how animals came to become pets, it doesn't make it right for people to not do right by their animals. The bottom line is if someone is going to take an animal into their home, then he/she needs to take on the responsibility and care for it properly or find it a home where someone else will.
I agree. How having animals as pets may have come about thousands of years ago still doesn't give anyone the right to abuse any animal - be it domestic or wild. If a person doesn't love animals and truly want to be responsible for them then they should NOT have them.
Originally Posted by Miagi's_Mommy
exactly! dogs and cats have been domesticated for YEARS so I really don't get what you're trying to say, Tonic.
maybe we took horses out of their natural habitat but NOT dogs and cats. no matter what, every animal deserves a chance and a home. not everyone should own pets, but they do just to have them and be "cool". I don't have pets just to have pets or to be "cool" I LOVE my pets and I don't have kids and they ARE my kids and a very big part of my family.
Regardless of when dogs and cats became domesticated, or horses or cows or whatever species, fact is they are now and should be cared for by their people. It is a disgrace not to. My Midnight was (I'd bet) abandoned and admittedly, for a long time I fed her and realized there was more to it than just providing food. So I began transitioning her indoors and now I don't think she wants to go outside.
Last year I got Tal, my now 1 y/o Lab. I had always wanted a Labrador and I take him with me everywhere I can.
I have both him and Midnight because they are companions and most definitely part of my family. I spend alot of time with them...playing together and sometimes just being together.
I think my granny used to say it best in talking about people who don't care for their kids, pets whatever...if they are not going to care for them they shouldn't have them in the first place.
Back in May the Memphis paper did a story on Pit Bulls, who IMHO have a very bad rap because of their owners. Given the right owner they can be just as sweet and good of a pet as any breed. Well, in this story there was a little 9 month old female who had been used as bait for dogfighting. They had to put her down and the only love she ever felt was by the worker just before. To top it all off no one cared enough for her to even give her a name. Well, I did. If she were mine I would have named her Peanut. She was a nice brown color with a black snout. I bet she would have made someone a really good pet. The article also talked about some guys who have them because of some macho thing. If it takes a mean dog to make you feel manly, then you are lacking enough confidence. That is an awfully heavy burden for your pet to bear.