We Love Dogs, But Not Enough
Another year has gone just before you know it as if the morning sun moved from your bedside to your window pane. Quiet and peaceful. The smell of the sun lingers on, leaving its footprints on your bed sheet and pillow while you were still sleep in.
2018 has brought so much joy, especially that star in the sky that illuminated me, and thank you, my star. The Year of the Dog waved to the Year of the Pig in farewell. Before their departure, I’d like to appreciate my puppy for his sincere companionship, becoming one of our important family members. He’s been with us for one year and six months and has officially grown up on his own year.
If the dog could speak human language, he probably would say:” You are my only world. As I looking into your eyes, I see you, ONLY YOU.” That’s what I come up with until my puppy comes into my life for a while. That unique bond between human and dogs just like the air, like the wind, like the water that friendship is everywhere.
I still remembered I sat on the bean bag, lying my back against the window pane. That night, I was feeling down, everything touch was hurt. Then all of sudden, I heard the door had been pushed to crack open. My dog came in and walked toward me. I looked at him, he looked me back with his concerned eyes while he tilted his head and waggled his tail a little bit. Then he jumped onto the bay window, leaning on my body and resting his head on my thigh. He reached out his paw to touch my hand. Everything he touched was warm and kind…
We don’t have to say a word, but we share the same emotions. Dogs understand you, they could sense all your feelings and watch each movement of yours. Because dogs love you with all their hearts. If you still have doubts, hear this experience a traveler once told me.
Dating back to the twentieth century, the story began in his young age. Their canine domesticus lived with the family for years, sharing both laughter and tears. However, no one could escape nature. The dog grew old and sickness found him. And his mother thought that would be a burden to the family.
So one day in winter, the night was still young. She went on hiking and brought the dog along with her. They walked and walked, passing the villages to villages, cutting through trees to trees, wading cross streams to streams. Hours went by, they didn’t stop until a place they were never been before.
She told the dog to sit and placed plenty of food and drinks on his tray. The dog sniffed and ate some with the tail-waggling. She gazed at the dog for a long pause, then she turned away and started to get back home. The dog barked and stopped eating at once, stumbling to follow up with his old stiff legs. She went toward the dog again and told him to sit. “Your home is here now.” She said, patting his head. The dog seemed to understand her. He started to whimpering, clinging to her even closer.
In the end, she got up and hit the road. She turned her back as she walked for a while. She saw her dog still sitting there with tail waggling in the distance. The dog saw her turning her back, he barked sadly and lowered his head with the ears dropped down. But the tail kept waggling.
She turned away, and this time she never looked back. The dog saw darkness devour his owner bit by bit and disappeared in the trees. He barked with the grievances, knowing he was no longer the member of the family. She heard her dog howled even longer but painfully behind her from far away. The wind was howling as well. At that night, big snow started to fall.
On the next morning, everything was covered with white snow. It’s so dead silence, and not a sound was heard. The family was having breakfast while a tiny scratching sound was coming from the door. The housewife opened the door, finding out that their dog was sitting right in front of her. His black fur had turned into completely snow white. His eyes were almost closed, fighting so hard to not let his head dropped down. When he heard the door cracked open, his eyes widened with pleasure at once. He looked at his owner, waggling his tail for once. Then, he fell down to the side, never got up again. A tiny tear found its way to the corner of his eyes and dissolved in the snow…
We have a lot of things in our life while dogs only have you. They spent entire life to be with you. However, not all people could see that way. I’ve seen how a pet dog turned into a street dog. I’ve seen how a dog ended up in certain people’s stomach. I’ve seen how a dog died of an unfriendly environment and people.
Since the strict Limitation for Raising Dogs was released by Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province, China, I found that Chinese Canine Domesticus was in this limitation list. That’s really unbelievable, our born and raised dogs were banned in our own motherland, shouldn’t that be protected? How come the other breeds from overseas are not on the list. They are local dogs in their Countries as well.
Some so-called experts said that our own domestic dogs are really dominance and aggression. That’s really unilateral, I guess. Dogs are animal, born with nature. Is that wrong they came into our society? Law and Rules like a coin that has two sides. How to make it more reasonable and be perfectly balanced need years to process and brew.
In my opinion, it’s people’s discipline and education problem. Dogs are one of the smart creatures, can be taught to obey and to follow people’s orders. They know how to adapt to peoples’ rules and environment.
Let’s take a look at the professionals from other Countries how to let dogs live along with people. Together with veterinarians, they study dogs behavior and animal psychology for years first. Then, open public lessons to teach people how to raise a dog properly, how to teach dogs’ manners and obey orders. Meanwhile, the Governments draw up a series of animal raising rules, and the SPCAs or Animal Adoption Centre takes fully support and inspection if it’s necessary. Take owners have to pass the basic training lesson to earn Dog Raising Certification. Owners have to leash their dogs on a walk and take care of their dogs’ poop. Every dog has to learn the potty training, behavior training, obedience training, etc. when they are at two-six months. And they build parks for dogs only with iron wireframes all around the parks.
Some of the examples from other Countries above are the great references for our Country to learn from it, I think. It should enlighten us a lot. And please don’t forget other animals, like cats, hamsters, snakes or other weird animals. Rules should be drafted for these pet animals as well. Rabies Vaccine should be also shot for cats or other pet mammals. Hope we and the pets could live in harmony together in the future. And please protect our own animal breed – Chinese Canine Domesticus, one of the smart dogs in the world. Don’t make anything that will be regretted that our Chinese breeds will end up in extinction.
The year of the dog has packed up and got the show on the road once again. I wrote this article in memory of this year for our best friend – DOG. And this is also for my friend, in memory of her golden retriever, died of river pollution.
Artworks/Photos/Writings/Translations by BubbleSwan
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