COMMENT: Buying Love – The Cherokee One Feather


By ROBERT JUMPER

Editor One Feather

I have spent 27 years of my life with dogs. I mean, I had dogs before and a few cats, but dogs and cats before adulthood, and my pets were really my mom’s responsibility with me. I was not the main caretaker at the time. I was as dependent for my life as pets. Mom let me say they were my pets, but the reality was they were her pets.

But when I went out on my own and got married, I bought my first pet, from my sister, for $ 75. By the time I got the puppy he was six months old. He lived another 11 years. He was not a purebred dog or even a popular mixed breed. But it was a life I pledged to be responsible for. Unlike my childhood pets, the quantity and quality of his life depended on me.

At the time, my wife and I had jobs that were very time consuming. Trying to have a dog outside would have been cruel as we would only have seen him for an hour or two a day. The rest of his time would have been spent alone in the backyard. Dogs are natural pack animals. They thrive in a social order and thirst for family. My sister’s dog was a chihuahua mix (I think he was partly crazy). It was therefore an indoor dog. It made it easier when it came to spending time with him. We, my wife and I were his pack and he was part of our family. And for over a decade, we’ve shared camaraderie and love. He has enriched our lives. He taught patience and consideration.

We had two more chihuahuas, paying an additional $ 75 and $ 125 respectively. One was registered or pedigree. Puppy prices, especially purebred puppies, can be what some might consider high. One website has estimated the average cost of a puppy to be between $ 1,000 and $ 1,500. They go higher. For example, the average price for a Neapolitan Mastiff or a Norwich Terrier is $ 3,500, while an Australian Cattle Dog can go up to $ 450.

The average life expectancy of a dog is between 10 and 15 years. They can live to their twenties. It is a significant time commitment. At the beginning of their life, they need a considerable amount of time to play and train. And in the later parts of their life, vet visits increase and they need more things for themselves. Food, medicine, veterinary care, and all the things that make your pet comfortable can cost anywhere from $ 5,000 to $ 20,000, depending on the length of its life and the genetics of the puppy you buy. Once you’ve made an emotional commitment to a pet, you feel obligated to ensure their health, safety, and happiness. It takes time, money and patience.

Having a pet can be one of the most rewarding and educational experiences in life. It is a long term commitment.

Dogs are capable of instinctive actions, intelligent thoughts, and even raw emotions. Anyone who has a dog in their house will tell you about those emotional family reunions that would happen every day when they come home from work. Whether you leave them for a few hours or a few months, as soon as you get home there is a display of raw affection that is not easily matched. When the door opens, the puppy’s human is greeted with barks and moans of pure joy, pouncing on them and licking them to let them know they’ve been missed. Puppies can sense your state of physical and emotional well-being. They can even be trained to alert you to medical conditions, help you with a physical challenge, and provide emotional support. They can truly be a person’s best friend.

Which makes the idea of ​​anyone who takes pet acquisition lightly a little hard to swallow. There is no doubt that people carelessly decide to buy dogs and cats. If they hadn’t, the stray and unwanted animal population wouldn’t be as large as at the border and in the United States. the number of pets left in pounds and shelters.

People think that a cute and cuddly puppy or kitten would be just perfect for giving as a gift. And they’re so small and playful that anyone would love a puppy or a kitten. However, next to kindness is the reality of their needs, food, cleaning, medical care, shelter provisions. As puppies move into their teens, they tend to be more rambunctious, chewing on furniture, phones, and electrical cords, and even gnawing at doors and corners of the house. They may have developmental issues that make them aggressive or overly protective, leading to biting or isolation.

Really committed pet lovers consider the personal cost and understand that in order to have the pleasure of a companion for a decade or two there are sacrifices that they are willing and willing to make. They realize that a dog or a cat is not a Christmas present, but a considerable life commitment. Being a responsible pet owner starts with being a responsible future pet owner.

We here at Cherokee are part of a widespread problem of irresponsibility when it comes to the care and ownership of pets. As we try to reduce the number of stray animals and forced euthanasia due to overpopulation, a good step forward would be for all of us who are considering buying puppies and kittens as gifts this year to take a step back and to pledge not to add to overpopulation and suffering. And it will help make the season bright for all.


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