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    January is “Unchain a Dog Month,” and PETA is encouraging people to allow their best friends inside, where they are safest and happiest. Cold weather means extra hardship for “backyard” dogs. Dogs suffer from frostbite, exposure, and dehydration when water sources freeze. Chained or penned dogs often have nowhere to go to escape the cold and snow.

    All dogs need nutritious food, fresh water, and sturdy roofs over their heads. But what they really crave is love, attention, and companionship from their human families, their pack. Scratches behind the ears, games of fetch, and walks around the block mean the world to them. Curling up next to you is their idea of heaven.

    If you know someone with an outside dog, offer to play with the dog and take him or her for walks. Bring treats and toys—they mean so much to a dog who has little else to do. Make sure that he or she has adequate food, water, and shelter—all of which are required by law—and report neglect to authorities. Your call could mean the difference between life and death for an animal left outside in the cold.

    Click here for more ways to help backyard dogs.
    Click here to download an Animal Angels Pack with information on helping chained dogs and implementing a community ban on chaining.

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    why have a dog if you are just gonna leave it outside alone???

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    I hate to see dogs chained outside, ecspecially since the weather here has been colder than normal.

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    When I was kid, my cousin and his wife got a German Shepherd for their daughter. They didn't want a dog, and they were really precious about their furniture and everything, so the dog was NEVER allowed inside. It lived chained to a tiny dog house in the backyard, and once the daughter (who was 6 years old) got over the thrill of the new puppy, it sat out there alone and unloved for the rest of its life. I went over and played with it several times a week for the few years I lived in the area, and they would roll their eyes at me. Bastards. It finally died of a heart problem after about 5 years.

    Don't leave your pets outside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dracko
    why have a dog if you are just gonna leave it outside alone???
    Well, a lot of people around here consider a dog a cheaper security device than an alarm system. Far too many spend their lives alone in garages or outside with inadequate food, water, shelter and most of all, love. There's one like that where I live now, and another where I used to live.

    The SPCA won't do ANYTHING unless the dog is being beaten, except give the owners a warning, which they ignore. Some people have resorted to stealing/setting these dogs free and giving them to good homes as a last option. Personally, I'd give them a medal but instead, some of these individuals, including several grandmothers, have been arrested and charged.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Killjoy
    OK, I know I'm gonna get yelled at here so I should just keep my mouth shut....but...growing up we had outdoor dogs all the time and I see nothing wrong with it as long as they have food, water, shelter and attention. Our dogs had wooden doghouses stuffed with straw and when it would snow they would be moved into the barn.
    No, I won't yell at you. I have two dogs that are outside. Here's the thing, they have a huge kennel, they have HALF of our shed converted into an area for them which currently has straw in it and they have a dog house outside. My beagle, Gracie, started out as an indoor dog when we lived in Delaware renting an apartment. Not long after we bought our house we took in another dog, a river retriever mix who we named Carly. These two are the sweetest dogs but they are hunting dogs and oh my gosh, my four walls could not withstand them running into them. They run onto the furniture, they jump at each other off the bed, they get stuck on things and the day we put together the kennel outside, they had a blast! They play outside, wrestling and whatever it is that they do. Gracie barks at bunnies and Carly looks at the birds and when Carly barks at the birds, Gracie looks for bunnies. There is just a little too much instinct in them for them to be trapped indoors.

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    I couldn't keep my dog outside. My dog is just as much a member of the family as anyone else and is treated accordingly.

    This story may be controversial but it makes me proud----my aunt in Ohio used to drive past a house where she would always see a dog tied to a post. She said it was ALWAYS there and didn't look very healthy. So she went to the house and asked the guy living there if she would be able to take the dog. Even though he obviously didn't care about it--he told her no. Where is this dog now? Living with my other aunt is Kansas. My aunt went to check on the dog at night as it was tied to the post and it had no water, was skin and bones and very few teeth. Now this dog is healthy and happy.

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    It finally died of a heart problem after about 5 years.
    It died of neglect and a broken heart. That's so sad. Dogs are practically people, except they have a limitless amount of free love to give. They don't care how you look or what you do, as long as you love them back.

    People who do this to dogs should be flung into the sun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fonzarelli23
    I couldn't keep my dog outside. My dog is just as much a member of the family as anyone else and is treated accordingly.

    This story may be controversial but it makes me proud----my aunt in Ohio used to drive past a house where she would always see a dog tied to a post. She said it was ALWAYS there and didn't look very healthy. So she went to the house and asked the guy living there if she would be able to take the dog. Even though he obviously didn't care about it--he told her no. Where is this dog now? Living with my other aunt is Kansas. My aunt went to check on the dog at night as it was tied to the post and it had no water, was skin and bones and very few teeth. Now this dog is healthy and happy.
    Good for her!! She saved that dog's life.

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    My dogs are always in the house, we only let them out every now and again to relieve themselves. I'd never dream of leaving them outside for any longer than 10 minutes! Especially in winter. When its hot we leave the door open so they can do as they please, they prefer to be outside when its hot but we never shut them out no matter what!

    I remember a while ago before we got the puppy, I let the older dog, Snoop out for a wee and had to nip to the loo myself. While I was there I totally forgot about him and decided to have a shower, do my hair, make up and iron my clothes. I was gone about an hour and a half. I felt so bad when I realised what I'd done, you should have seen his face when I opened the door. He was less than impressed!!!
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    Well, my family's always had a lot of dogs, and not one of them has ever lived inside the house, but to be fair, my grandparents backyard is HUGE, and we live in a tropical country.

    Putting them outside in the snow seems really inhumane.
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    ^^ I guess it all depends on the climate as you said

    I treat my dog like my own son. he sleeps on the end on the bed, ( a huge GSD by the way, but he got into that habit as a pup, he gets off after half an hour to the foot of our bed. He thinks he's protecting us) I love the fact that he comes up to me in the morning to wake me up or pass me my slipper.

    Even when I lived at home the dogs were treated in the same fashion. They were so sociable and part of the family so to keep them outside to me would seem wrong. Actually thinking back I think it was bad to keep a rabbit outside like so many do. They don't get the socialising that they really need.

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    rofl my dachshund does the slipper thing too.

    except the slipper's bigger than his head!

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    It really bums me out that my boyfriend doesn't want any dog we get to sleep in the bed with us. I've always slept with my dogs and cats and to me it's just... normal. *wah* I guess it's better to give them their own area, but I find it so cozy and comforting to have them on the bed with me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by muchlove
    It really bums me out that my boyfriend doesn't want any dog we get to sleep in the bed with us. I've always slept with my dogs and cats and to me it's just... normal. *wah* I guess it's better to give them their own area, but I find it so cozy and comforting to have them on the bed with me.
    Yeah not always - I had to babysit my mums dog last week and he's a big fat chocolate Labrador. He insisted on sleeping on my back (well as near as you can get!!) That wasn't so comfy

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