When I was a child my grandparents would talk about it raining cats and dogs. I remember looking outside and not seeing any cats and dogs other than theirs and that puzzled me until I finally figured out they simply meant it was raining hard. Yes. Their dogs were outside in the rain and snow – they were farm animals and they lived and worked outside. Today, that seems abhorrent to us that bring them in, bathe them, wipe their little feet, feed them special food and worry about them like they are our children. But not my grandparents – farm animals were farm animals and they stayed outside.
But that was then and this is now. You see, I live in a city, in an association where there are rules about cats and dogs. The city has a leash requirement that covers cats as well as dogs. The association has that same requirement however it seems that no one – absolutely no one – thinks it applies to their cat! Heaven forbid.
And dogs? Get serious. Those big old German Shepherds and Huskies and whatever else – well we all know they are too big to house inside of a fence so surely that gives their owners the right to let them out to run wild. Sure. Why not.
In our neighborhood there are dozens of very large dogs that run wild and their owners pay no attention. IF they aren’t out in the open, outside of their fences, they are barking their fool heads off and no one seems to mind – but me, that is. I mind. My little Toy Poodle minds. It is unfair of these people to be such rude pet owners – take care of your pets. Keep them in the house. You aren’t on the farm and your pet isn’t a working animal so it doesn’t deserve the privilege of running wild.
As for me, my little dog is in either in the house with me or on a leash outside. He isn’t allowed to run wild – he’s too little and I believe in following the rules, most of the time. So now it is up to me to see to it that my neighbors keep their large dogs, who poop mountains, out of my yard. As for the cats, I’ve heard there is a plague on cats and that they are disappearing from neighborhoods. I hope that’s true and it’s not just one of those rumors.