I love dogs in general, but I have never had one. I just watched a dog show and a guest (a person who seemed to be knowledgeable about dogs if not a professional and a foreigner judging by his remark) said: "No offense, but your American dogs are bored. That is why they do something reproachable. A DOG MUST HAVE A PURPOSE. Every dog must be trained in search and rescue, even if the only thing he is rescuing are your socks". What do you think?
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Thank you, SidKemp, I would go crazy in a cage, too. I was always against having pets when an owner spends his life at work and only comes home to sleep. A dog is not a toy.
Some say that one big problem for humanity is that cities and suburbs are like cages. I tend to feel that way.
"The Higher Purpose" is my own construct, the guest speaker just said "purpose". Maybe I wanted a distinction between the animals that are not pets and pets. Dogs became much more than just animals. I agree with you.
DrM. Your second paragraph sounds strangely like many of the adolescent kids in my neighborhood. Isn't it sad that American dogs are much more trainable than American kids?
I agree, IDONO. I think we all - all mammals - need a purpose of one sort or another.
That is a very inspiring story! We just have a better opportunity to observe pets, but all animals have their own personalities. I was amazed to read that monkeys will save birds that fall in water and treat their mentally ill members with kindness
As I see it, "companion" is a purpose. It's a purpose for nurses, home health care workers, and psychologists. So maybe companion dogs are the emotional support team of the pet world!