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Not sure how to title this, but about two dogs

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  • Not sure how to title this, but about two dogs

    The barn where I'm presently boarding at is a nice little backyard privately owned facility. Horses are treated well, it's safe, and for the most part I'm pretty happy except for one certain aspect. The BO has two dogs, one is a hairy little yappy pup and the other is a Katahula leopard dog puppy. Both are extremely sweet and I take time to visit with them when I'm there. They are stuck in two individual small kennels about 3 feet by 8 feet all day and into the night as well. I've been there as late as 8:00 and they are still there. They are being fed and watered but there is no interaction with people except when they yell at the little hairy one to stop barking. The BO ignores them when they're clearly clamoring for attention and walks right by without a word or a look.

    I can see the puppy is resigned to its fate and has the learned helplessness attitude. Now when the BO goes by, there is no reaction from her, she just lays there in the kennel and watches. It breaks my heart to see this happening to this sweet puppy and makes me wonder why these people even have dogs if they are going to ignore them. The puppy is going to have emotional scars from having zero interaction with their people if this continues. I would like to dognap them and give them the life they deserve but that would be breaking the law.

    I know there's nothing I can do but it just tears at me. Not sure why I posted this, just needed to get it off my chest.

  • #2
    I hear you. I really don't understand why people get dogs, pack animals, and then never interact with them. I feel sorry for those dogs. We have a neighbor that does this. They keep getting dogs, refuse to spay the females (Great Pyr/lab cross is latest.) And let them wander. Dog has puppies. Momma dog disappears. They keep one pup. Cycle continues. These dogs are super friendly and with the last "mama" dog I would stop my car as I would drive by to pet the girl who would jump up on my car with front paws on my window. But I NEVER saw them interact with her or talk to her. Of course she wandered as lots of Pyrs do. Then one day she disappeared just like the last one. Now they have her puppy who they decided needed to live in a caged kennel. Poor little thing is bored stiff. They had her with the goats for a while, then put her in this cage. I wish they would have left her with the goats. They really should not have a dog.


    • Original Poster

      I'm almost at the point where I want to board somewhere else so I don't have to see these two sad faces when I'm there.

      I'm so sorry for all those mama dogs who's only crime was having puppies.


      • #4
        Poor doggos. Can you casually ask the BO what her plans are for them? It might give you some more insight into what goes on when you're not there, hopefully involving the dogs being out and about.
        One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.
        William Shakespeare


        • Original Poster

          I doubt she has any plans for them. Her mare also had a foal back in March and it's still not catchable or halter broke, let alone knows how to lead, they haven't handled it at all so far. You can pet it a little and that's about it. I want to be there the day they decide they need to put on a halter. Should be a right good rodeo. That kiddo is one stout little monster.


          • #6
            Can you start some small talk about the dogs without showing what you think about the situation or scaring off the BO? Maybe they are allowed to run free on the property during the night? Is there no law that regulates the kennel size?


            • #7
              Bad situation IMO...boarders on cruelty...but better than a chain to a tree of a tiny crate! I'd ask if she wanted rid of them, myself!
              Breeders of Painted Thoroughbreds and Uniquely Painted Irish Sport Horses in Northeast Oklahoma


              • #8
                Maybe if someone told her that they know of someone looking for a dog like hers, the BO will agree to rehome? Then find them another home after, if you can find someone to foster them.
                You can't fix stupid-Ron White


                • Original Poster

                  I don't think she wants to get rid of them. I have seen tennis balls in the arena so they are getting some outdoor exercise. I didn't get to the barn until 7:30 last night and there they were, still stuck in the kennel. They probably live out there now. Hardly any room for them to move around much. If I had them, I'd keep them both and give them a much happier life.


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by 16 Hands View Post
                    I don't think she wants to get rid of them. I have seen tennis balls in the arena so they are getting some outdoor exercise. I didn't get to the barn until 7:30 last night and there they were, still stuck in the kennel. They probably live out there now. Hardly any room for them to move around much. If I had them, I'd keep them both and give them a much happier life.
                    I would mention...often... how much I'd LOVE to have those two cute dogs!! Dogs should not live in small confined spaces!
                    Breeders of Painted Thoroughbreds and Uniquely Painted Irish Sport Horses in Northeast Oklahoma


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by 16 Hands View Post
                      I'm almost at the point where I want to board somewhere else so I don't have to see these two sad faces when I'm there.

                      I'm so sorry for all those mama dogs who's only crime was having puppies.
                      Well, it could be that the dogs are in the house all night with the owners and their lives are not all terrible. But if not, it would be enough reason for me to look at other barns. I'd probably tell the BO that is why I was thinking of moving.