We all need to be a little more responsible and a little more educated on the risks and risks that we expose ourselves. One of the things that I think our community has been missing is not having that conversation about it and not having a lot of dialogue about it with the dogs. I’ve heard things where people are like, “I’m sorry but dogs like me are so amazing,” or “I didn’t know. I never wanted to let you know.” They don’t get any of that.
And then the other one is that they don’t understand that what they’re doing isn’t for them. That’s been the biggest obstacle for me in trying to come out to a lot of people: That there’s a part of me that has this idea about the way we have and what we do, about how we walk dogs and the way we deal with them and how we treat them, and I find that hard to get over sometimes. I think in a lot of ways the dogs have a larger role in our community.
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How did having a dog affect your relationship with your cats?
A lot of people say it affected their relationship with their cats and it did. I’m not an extremely cat-centric person. I’ve got two cats and a cat-loving brother and sister as well. It affected me a lot as far as people coming in and trying to have a pet sitter for one or the other or going to a dog park or something. I wouldn’t want to have that dog anywhere near me. The cat-lover thing was a little bit better. In most of the cases it was a good call, but some people, I had a conversation with a couple, and they were like, “We’re going to buy a puppy right away,” and then I had to explain it’s not a puppy, because that just doesn’t work for people.
I think the bigger problem is that a lot of people don’t have dogs. A lot of people are trying to find ways in a shelter where they can have a job, where they can take care of their dog at a daycare, where they can take care of their cat at a kennel, where they can buy a cat or two.
People are taking them home but they don’t have the right environment. They don’t have enough space.
Do you think we need a greater focus on raising awareness about what can happen when someone takes
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