This could be a hot debate. I know most of us believe our dogs belong inside...but what about those that believe that dogs should live outside? What do you believe?
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Too funny about the border collie in the truck...
Terre, you have the same problem I do, but worse. Your dogs are small enough to be prey to the local wildlife. Mine hold their own against the occassional possum in the yard, but I don't want either of them killed by a raccoon.
Weims outdoors? NO, ain't happening. Even if it's a heated kennel. Weims are people with no thumbs.
There is the occasional dog who prefers to be outdoors, but personally I can't fathom owning a dog that isn't a family member, living in the house with me. Preferably snuggled with me on the loveseat, watching the news and snoring on the other half of the bed at night.
Before I met DH one of my criteria for a boyfriend was "if you don't like dogs, I won't like you"...LOL DH had a dog when he was young but his parents cared for him. The first dog he bonded with was my ^Jebu^....and he has loved dogs ever since (sometimes I think more than he does me....LOL)
Hi Noelani and Welcome! I hear you on dogs outside. Where I live that's all you see - hunting dogs are outside (not sure about their shelter though) and people just believe that dogs belong outside. But not me. My dogs are indoors. That's funny about the border collie - made me really laugh!
Thanks for chiming in and I hope you stick around ;-)
Laura - I agree with your third paragraph. I live in a rural area and everyone out here has dogs outside. I think I'm the only one with dogs inside. At one time we did have dogs (Lab and GS) outside but if it ever got too cold or too hot we had them in the garage. That was a long time ago and my attitude toward dogs has changed. I can't imagine putting Jack and Taz out at night - they would be scared. And I can tell you the fact that I provide love and bonding is what makes Jack and Taz what kind of dogs they are - loving and sweet. They are glued to me every single moment in this house and I wouldn't want it any other way. I just hate to see dogs outside in a yard or wandering in the neighborhood. Just don't get that.
I understand your feelings, Suzan. I too think it's cruel to leave dogs outside. But, at one time we did have outdoor dogs. My stance has changed though. We had a Lab and GS.
Barbara - I remember your situation! I'm so sorry about that. I would never let Jack and Taz stay outdoors. First, they were raised indoors/outdoors but mostly indoors and they would be scared to be outside at night. I understand the outdoor dog thing...all my neighbors have outdoor dogs and it's just an attitude out here. I may be the only neighbor who has indoor dogs.
I think it all depends on the situation, the breed and temperament of the dog, where you live and how cold it gets, etc.. My grandfather always had a dog while he was farming. The dog never came in the house, but it always got plenty of companionship. It spent the whole day with Grandpa out in the fields. It even had jobs, like moving the cattle from one area to another. Of course, the dogs didn't know that was work. They thought it was great fun! The second dog I remember himhaving was a Boarder Collie named Suzy. Grandpa would drive in his pickup and keep her inside the cab, where she insisted on sitting right beside him. One day, someone saw him from the back, and told people that she had seen Myerl Rimpler riding around town with a blonde cozying up beside him. After that, he started putting his hat on Suzy, so no one would think it was a young woman with long blonde hair!
I think whether you have another dog, or even a cat, for companionship, is another variable. My grandparents had a dog when my mom was a little girl who just loved the farm cats. Winter nights, the dog would lie down in his dog house and the cats would lie on top of him. They all stayed toasty warm!
In general, though, since people generally don't spend as much time outside as in years past, having a dog that can be in the house at least part of the top makes more sense.