Sunday, March 12, 2006

141. Culture difference

My students think it is really strange that my dog lives in my house with me. Many people have dogs, but dogs live outdoors. They have a wooden doghouse they can go into and are tied up with a longish rope or chain. I guess it is a matter of what you are used to, but I don't see the point in having a dog if it is not inside to curl up next to you.

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I don't get it, either. The point of a dog is to be your companion! One of my favorite things is to lie on the floor, using a puppy as a pillow, watching a movie. Of course the puppy doesn't always let me do this for very long (I have big dogs heh)
 
My dog (if I had one) would be an indoor dog, but a lot of people keep their dogs outside. Some breeds, evidently, are more suited to outdoor living. Rotweilers, dobermans, huskies, dogs trained for police work, farm dogs.

My neighbor kept his big white dog outside. 'Chelsea' is about 14 year old and stays in his yard. About 6 weeks ago, someone stole Chelsea while she was asleep in the yard. My neighbor Dave is offering a $1,000 reward. It's not going well.

The local TV stations have reported that dogs are being stolen and held for big ransom money. Some pet owners have paid and been interviewed on television. It the latest way druggies are getting money for their drugs. Also, the seriousness of the crime is not like kidnapping, but more like stealing a television. Try to tell that to an elderly person whose only friend has suddenly been taken from him.

To try to close on a more positive note, Amy, have you been following the Iditarod race?
 
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