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I am, your lonely backyard dog, no name, no address

growler~GateKeeper
November 18th, 2009, 09:31 PM
I am, your lonely backyard dog, no name, no address

I live in [any town, every town, your town].
Nice house, nice backyard, nice garage, nice fence.
The man in my life gives me food and water and a toy or two.
I think I have a name, but since it is not used more than once a year
or so, I forget what it is.
I am probably a senior by now, as I must have spent quite a few years
at this address.
I know what the word 'companion' means, but I am not one, even if I had
desperately hoped, when I was a puppy, that I would become one.
It was not to be.
I own a collar and I may have owned a leash at some time, but who knows
where that went.
I have no family, no friends and I do not know anyone in my
neighbourhood, even though I recognize the voices and steps of some of
the people who come by on a regular basis. Some of them say something
to me when I bark, but it does not sound too friendly.
Sometimes they have a dog with them and I bark even louder, because I
guess it brings out a lot of anger in me. I wish I was that dog.
To be out and sniff where other dogs have tread, to meet people and
dogs and know that I am important enough to be taken on a walk with the
one(s) who live in the house on my property....., that would be my
dream come true.
But all I do is bark when I hear anyone walking by, even if I can't see
them because of the fence, the hedge and another fence.
It's all I live for: to bark, bark, bark. I have nothing else to do, no
one to play with, no one to cuddle with, no one at all.
All my nights are spent outside in a crate and I am so very lonely.
I have never seen the inside of that big house that's on the property,
but I fantasize that it may be warm there and cosy, when I notice that
the lights are on inside and maybe there's a soft floor and some music
playing and someone who touches me and talks to me...
Well, who would want to talk to me? I'm not exactly socialized.
I was never trained to be house-broken, I was never shown affection, so
I don't know how to show it either and in order to find my purpose in
life, I decided I would try and protect the house and whoever lives in
it. Whatever his name is, the person in that house..., he does not
acknowledge that I try to serve a purpose.
I may be 4 or 6 or 9 years old, but I hope life will not go on forever
as I'm cold and bored and so sad that my life had to turn out like
this.
When the cold weather starts I bark more because I get freaked out with
the house all dark and it seems the lights will never get on so that at
least I know that someone in the house is alive and well. So I bark out
of sheer frustration and loneliness.

I am not just one dog, I am many dogs. I'm a shepherd, a Golden
Retriever, a Husky, a Lab, a Rottweiler, a pit bull and a mutt and I
live in your neighbourhood, as close as the adjoining yard at the back
of your property. I peek through the fence sometimes to see how other
dogs live, with families and children, other dogs and cats and toys and
visitors.
I live in the yard right next to yours and sometimes you throw me a
treat because you hear me howling, barking and just crying because I
can't help myself.
It has happened occasionally that someone in my neighbourhood felt
sorry for me and phoned the SPCA to report me as being this lonely dog
who really has no life at all, but some SPCA officer comes and sees
that I have a foodbowl and a waterbowl and they leave me in a heap of
shattered hopes.

It will be that time of year soon when I know that strings of lights
are going to be put on the houses around me. It brings a little more
light into the neighbourhood and I sometimes can hear those friendly
sounds inside the neighbours' houses and they're happy sounds.
And I sit in my crate or my doghouse and wish that just for once I
could take a look inside and feel what it would be like to be loved and
cared for as a member of a family.

I'll be gone before too long, but if you read this and recognize me,
oh, please, would you try and understand my plight and just give me one
night when all those little lights come on, to be with you and show
me that affection I know is given out to so many of my fellow canines?

I am,
your lonely backyard dog,
no name, no address


The Animal Advocates Society WatchDog News (http://animaladvocateswatchdog.com/cgi-bin/watchdog.pl/noframes/read/1024)
By: Madelon Keiji

14+kitties
November 18th, 2009, 10:01 PM
Thank you for that growler. Very timely. :sad:

luckypenny
November 18th, 2009, 10:17 PM
I'll be tempted to print that out and place it in the mailboxes of so many of our neighbors. Wonder if ppl would even bother reading it :sad:.

Thank you for sharing Growler.

BMDLuver
November 19th, 2009, 08:04 AM
:sad:if that were not such a reality what a wonderful world it would be for dogs.......

Thanks for sharing...

muggsmom
November 19th, 2009, 11:02 AM
I'll be tempted to print that out and place it in the mailboxes of so many of our neighbors. Wonder if ppl would even bother reading it :sad:.

Thank you for sharing Growler.

I had the same thought. There's a dog down the road that this could have been written for. Breaks my heart. :cry:

Thanks, Growler.

dmc123
November 19th, 2009, 04:53 PM
Thanks for posting this, I had a hard time reading it, but was glad I did. So heartbreaking :(

Diane

babymomma
November 19th, 2009, 05:03 PM
this hits way too closeto home :(

Equla
November 19th, 2009, 05:27 PM
When I was little, my father got a dog for me. We named her Virginia (Virgie for short). She was the cutest, sweeteast thing you would ever meet and I loved her so much. We lived with my grandmother who bred rotties, but didn't let them in the house. When no one was home, I would sneak Virgie into the house so she could watch TV with me.

She got out twice (sneaky little girl could climb the fence!). Came back preggers both times and had 10 pups both times!!!

I moved to Las Vegas with my Mom when I was 11 and had to leave her with my father. To this day, I really don't know what happened to her. I was told she got out and didn't come back. I can't imagine my father ever really cared enough to take proper care of her.

Even though I was young and couldn't be held responsible, I still harbor a lot of guilt about how she must have lived after I left. I sometimes wonder if she ever got fed.

I also had a fiance who's mother would fall in love with a puppy... some purebred beautiful thing. She would bring the puppy home (lived in LA with her mother), name the puppy, love the puppy, then forget about the dog. By the time I met my fiance, there were 4 dogs on the property. 3 lived in the house and one in the backyard. I never went into the backyard (severely overgrown and full of pack-ratted junk) so I didn't even know there was a dog back there until I had been there about 6 months!

During orientation for the rescue I work for the guy said that any home is better than a cage at the facility. I didn't really agree then, and I don't now. He felt that the dog would rather be alive and forgotten in the backyard than put to sleep. It's such a sad existance to be forgotten like that. I wish I could spread my love around enough to cover all the forgetten, nameless backyard dogs that were loved as a puppy and thrown away when they stopped being "cute."

lia12
November 19th, 2009, 08:15 PM
What a heartbreaking story to read. I had trouble finishing it. We have 4 dogs who live this very existance on the street. I think the owners should read this to open their eyes.

Frenchy
November 19th, 2009, 09:21 PM
Thank you for posting this Growler. I was searching for something to send the local paper here , about outside dogs , so they could hopefully writet an article before winter. To get people here to bring in their dogs. You just gave it to me :thumbs up I will translate this in french and send it to our local paper :goodvibes:

Golden Girls
November 20th, 2009, 07:18 AM
sniff :sad: I will translate this in french and send it to our local paper :goodvibes:Could you post the translation I and maybe others would like to see if the local papers would print it, excellent idea :pawprint:

Maxine
November 20th, 2009, 01:47 PM
Yes I would like to have the translated version....
I could do it but if you're already doing it, Frenchy, do you think I can have a copy?

Thank you

chico2
November 20th, 2009, 03:55 PM
Thank's Growler,as sad as it is,we all know it is the reality for many poor pups:sad:
There used to be a commercial on TV,that always brought me to tears,about a dog outside,chained in the freezing cold,wishing he was inside with his family:sad:

Toonces
November 20th, 2009, 06:37 PM
printed and delivered to these jerks that live on my road.

muggsmom
November 20th, 2009, 08:37 PM
printed and delivered to these jerks that live on my road.

:thumbs up

Frenchy
November 20th, 2009, 09:23 PM
sniff :sad: Could you post the translation I and maybe others would like to see if the local papers would print it, excellent idea :pawprint:

Yes I would like to have the translated version....
I could do it but if you're already doing it, Frenchy, do you think I can have a copy?

Thank you

No problem , it will take a while though , I'll try to do it asap :thumbs up

Golden Girls
November 21st, 2009, 06:53 AM
Thanks Frenchy :)

Maxine
November 21st, 2009, 09:44 AM
No problem Frenchy, thank you :pawprint:

Frenchy
November 21st, 2009, 10:17 AM
I posted on the website the text if from , I want the ok to use this first. :)

chico2
November 21st, 2009, 03:19 PM
Frenhy,there is a site my hubby uses,when he sends jokes to his uncle in France,it translates everything perfectly.
I'll ask him about it later.
I've used it too to translate from English to Swedish.

Frenchy
November 22nd, 2009, 08:47 PM
Frenhy,there is a site my hubby uses,when he sends jokes to his uncle in France,it translates everything perfectly.
I'll ask him about it later.
I've used it too to translate from English to Swedish.

That would be very useful Chico2 :thumbs up

14+kitties
November 22nd, 2009, 08:59 PM
Now we need one for the kitties. :sad:

chico2
November 23rd, 2009, 07:59 AM
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je suis, votre chien seul d'arrière-cour, aucun nom, aucune adresse que
je suis, votre chien seul d'arrière-cour, aucun nom, aucune adresse
je vis dedans [toute ville, chaque ville, votre ville].
Maison de Nice, arrière-cour gentille, garage gentil, barrière intéressante.
L'homme dans ma vie me donne la nourriture et l'eau et un jouet ou deux.
Je pense que j'ai un nom, mais puisqu'il n'est pas employé plus qu'une fois par an
ou ainsi, j'oublie ce qu'est il.
Je suis probablement un aîné à ce jour, comme je dois avoir passé quelques années
à cette adresse.
Je sais ce que signifie le mot « compagnon », mais je n'ai pas un ans, même si j'
avais désespérément espéré, quand j'étais un chiot, que je deviendrais un.
Il n'était pas d'être.
I posséder un collier et moi pouvons avoir possédé une laisse à un moment donné, mais qui sait
où cela a disparu.
Je n'ai aucune famille, aucun ami et moi ne savons n'importe qui dans mon
voisinage, quoique j'identifie les voix et les étapes d'une partie
du peuple qui viennent près de façon régulière. Certains d'entre eux parole quelque chose
à moi quand j'écorce, mais lui ne semblent pas trop amicaux.
Parfois ils ont un chien avec eux et j'écorce encore plus fort, parce que je
devine qu'il apporte dehors beaucoup de colère dans moi. Je souhaite que j'aie été ce chien.
Pour être dehors et le reniflement où d'autres chiens ont la bande de roulement, pour rencontrer des personnes et
des chiens et savoir que je suis assez important pour être pris une promenade avec
celle qui de phase dans la maison sur ma propriété ....., qui serait mon
rêve viennent vrai.
Mais tout que je est écorce quand j'entends n'importe qui marchant près, même si je ne peux pas les voir
en raison de la barrière, d'une haie et d'une barrière différente.
Il est tout que je vis pour : pour écorcer, écorcer, écorcer. Je n'ai rien à autrement faire, aucun
à jouer avec, personne à caresser avec, personne du tout.
Toutes mes nuits sont passées dehors dans une caisse et je suis tellement très seul.
Je n'ai jamais vu l'intérieur de cette grande maison qui est sur la propriété,
mais je fantasme qu'il peut être chaud là et confortable, quand je note que
les lumières sont dessus à l'intérieur et peut-être il y a un plancher mou et le jeu
et quelqu'un de musique qui me touchent et me parlent…
Bien, qui voudrait me parler ? Je ne suis pas exactement eu une vie sociale.
Je n'ai été jamais formé pour être propre, je n'ai été jamais montré l'affection, ainsi
je ne sais pas lui montrer l'un ou l'autre et afin de trouver mon but dans
la vie, j'ai décidé que j'essayerais et protéger la maison et celui qui vit dans
lui.

chico2
November 23rd, 2009, 08:12 AM
Celui qui son nom soit, la personne du fait la maison…, il
ne reconnaît pas que j'essaye d'atteindre un objectif.
Je peux être 4 ou 6 ou 9 années, mais j'espère que la vie ne continuera pas pour toujours
car je suis froid et ennuyeux et si triste que ma vie a dû s'avérer comme
ceci.
Quand les débuts de temps froid que j'écorce plus parce que j'obtiens freaked dehors avec
de maison l'obscurité tout et elle semble que les lumières n'obtiendront dessus jamais de sorte qu'
à mineurs je sache que quelqu'un dans la maison est vivant et bon. Ainsi j'écorce dehors
de l'anéantissement et de la solitude fins.
Je ne suis pas simplement un chien, je suis beaucoup de chiens. Je suis un berger, un chien d'arrêt
d'or, un costaud, un laboratoire, un Rottweiler, un taureau de mine et un chien et moi
vivent dans votre voisinage, aussi étroitement que la cour contiguë au fond
de votre propriété. Je jette un coup d'oeil par la barrière parfois pour voir comment d'autres
chiens vivent, avec des familles et des enfants, d'autres chiens et chats et jouets et
visiteurs.
Je vis dans le juste de yard à côté du vôtre et parfois vous me jetez
un festin parce que vous m'entendez hurler, écorcer et pleurer juste parce que je
ne peux pas m'aider.
Il s'est produit de temps en temps que quelqu'un dans mon voisinage s'est senti
désolé pour moi et a téléphoné le SPCA pour me rapporter en tant qu'étant ce chien seul
qui n'a vraiment aucune vie du tout, mais le dirigeant d'un certain SPCA vient et voit
que j'ai un foodbowl et un waterbowl et ils me laissent dans un tas
des espoirs brisés.
Il sera ce temps d'année bientôt quand je sais que des cordes des lumières
vont être mises sur les maisons autour de moi. Il introduit peu plus
de lumière dans le voisinage et je parfois peux entendre que ces bruits
amicaux à l'intérieur des maisons et de eux des voisins sont les bruits heureux.
Et je m'assieds dans ma caisse ou mon chenil et souhaite que juste pour une fois moi
pourrait jeter un coup d'oeil à l'intérieur et juger comme ce qu'il serait d'être ait aimé et
se soit occupé de en tant que membre d'une famille.
Je serez-vous allé avant trop long, mais si vous lisez ceci et m'identifiez,
l'OH, svp, essayeriez-vous et comprendre ma situation difficile et juste donnez-moi une
nuit quand toutes ces petites lumières avancent, pour être avec toi et pour me prouver
que l'affection que je sais est donnée dehors tellement à plusieurs de mes canines de camarade ?
Je suis,
votre chien seul d'arrière-cour,
aucun nom, aucune adresse que
l'animal préconise des nouvelles de surveillance de société
par : Le __________________ de Madelon
Keiji
« l'animal le plus cruel est l'animal humain »
3 kitties, rocheux, Chico, Vinnie
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chico2
November 23rd, 2009, 08:19 AM
Frenchy,I sent you the translation site.unfortunately they only translate 500 words,so I had to do it in 2 sections.