The winter has been particularly harsh this season. Grime encrusted snow lines the streets. I’m sure part of snow pack is still from the first that snow fell over four months ago in November. It has rarely gotten above freezing since then. Piss soaked patches of yellowish-brown ice sporadically dot the snow pack from the beginning to the end of the block.
I live in a large city. The only time I interact with dogs is on the sidewalk when I am going somewhere. Usually, the dog is relieving itself and the owner is impatiently waiting for it to finish. You can’t help but feel sad for both involved in this interaction.
What drives these urban apartment dwellers to possess an animal that consumes much of their free time and spare money? Is it some desire to connect with wildlife? Some desire to make any connection whatsoever? For whatever reason, it is painful obvious that the animal isn’t getting a good deal.
A dog in their natural state is able to roam free. It is able to explore the wilderness. Leaving a dog in an apartment for twenty hours a day is pure cruelty. When you limit a dog to only a few walks a day around city blocks, you are depriving it of its nature. It is no wonder these animals are pathetic to look upon.
To understand a dog’s natural environment, one must understand where they come from. Dogs are wolves domesticated by humans in the paleolithic era. A symbiotic bond was formed between humans and wolves. They might be the first animals that humans domesticated. Shortly after their domestication, dogs became ubiquitous across all human cultures in the world.
They were popular domesticated animals because they served a purpose. They helped the paleolithic man in the hunt. Because of this role, they share a unique role in relation to man. They are the closest connection man has to the animal kind.
When I see a modern city dweller pine to have a dog, I see a yearning to return to a time when they had a connection to the past. I see a yearning to return to the hunt. Like most modern attempts to reconcile their past and heritage with their current situation, it only turns out as a cruel mockery. We see dogs bred into pathetic and misshapen forms. We see humans forced to heed to every beck and call from their animals.
Anything deprived of their usefulness is something without a purpose. Unfortunately, most dogs today can be characterized by their uselessness. Only in their proper environment, can both man and dog survive as they were intended to. Anything outside of that is foolish and ultimately pathetic.