National Dog Day is August 26

National Dog Day is August 26

National Dog Day is August 26

Wouldn’t it be great if, on National Dog Day (Aug. 26), all those dogs living on chains, in our shelters, on our streets or in a dog fighting ring could find someone to take them and love them the way they should be? This year, I’ve heard of more and more about abuse of animals.  This hurts my inner soul and makes me feel sick. How many times have you gone by that one house in your area and seen that poor dog that is living on a chain outside all year round?  I wonder why people who do that with a pet even have a dog?  They’re not lawn ornaments.  Dogs have only one instinct and that is to LOVE unconditionally. It bothers me, too, to notice when the owner is out in the yard and that same poor dog is begging for attention only to be ignored.  I think these people need to walk a mile on the dog’s paws for a day and see how they like it. The biggest soapbox I get on is the dog fighting rings that are out there.   I talk about this a lot in my blogs and always state that dog fighting is not a sport, that it is abuse. Dog fighting happens more than any of us know.  It is an underground and deadly activity that is hidden in the darkness for only one purpose - to make money.  Animal fighting is abusive, uncaring and criminal.  These people need to be locked up just like any criminal who hurt a person. My point is, if you see a dog in your area that is chained outside, or just not being taken care, please report it to the local authorities so they can keep a watch on this animal.   Never go on the owner’s property and take a dog. That’s why we have dog wardens and police officers. That’s their job.  Our job is to watch and report any animal abuse. I have had people tell me, “You know, Jeanne, you can’t save them all.” I know this is more than likely true, but I’ll die trying to save that one dog and find that other dog a loving home and I’ll keep doing this one dog at a time.  Not every home deserves a dog, but every dog deserves a good and loving home. I leave you with important reminders: Don’t shop, adopt, and dog fighting is not a sport, it’s abuse.  Help spread the word on adoption and dog fighting; we might just be able to save them all. Bark on, Bordas dog nation. Bark on.