Free Fido – the rights of “our” dogs

Hear Majo read the text below:

It has become clear to me over time that nothing – nothing, no consideration – makes it acceptable to never let a dog offleash.

Most of the time, Pancho knows that she can go wherever she wants to go. Here I think she is pondering where she might want to go next.

If they have to run, let them run – to find a new life somewhere else or maybe to come back.

To never let a dog offleash is to take them prisoner for life – to never allow them to live as a normal dog.

That is not taking care of the dog – that is imprisoning a dog.

We are really trying to root out the practice of slavery with humans, but we regularly allow it with dogs.

It’s great to be happy that your dog is happy when you get home. But much of that happiness is not because they’re so glad to see you as that they hope that now they will get a chance to have some fun – after perhaps a painfully boring day.

(“It’s all right. He just sleeps all day anyway.” In many or most cases, that sleeping all day is just his way of coping with a situation that could make him insane.

Doggy daycare may not be in the budget for you – and might not agree with him – but, if he had the chance to play all day, he probably would choose to do that and not sleep all day.)

So, after all the excitement of them greeting you, your job is to provide some fun for the dog. Hopefully going for a very long walk off-leash will be fun and relaxing for you, too.

I think we are making progress at getting it that our children do not belong to us, but , as Kahlil Gibran said, belong to the future.

It is clearer to me than ever that romantic partners do not belong to us – and that monogamy is not the right path for all people or all couples.

Similarly, “our” dogs do not belong to us. Life has entrusted them to us. We had better do a good job with them.

My 10″ rant about the “casual abuse of dogs” in Asheville.

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These days all of my identities are converging: whether I am offering a blessing in the grocery store checkout line, offering a prayer in a poem or experiencing the kinship with all life while walking my or a client's dog - it's all the same. It's all Life.

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