Having a Dog: A Big Responsibility?

herbie, my dog - my black puppy now turning brown. is it possible?
Philippines
January 23, 2007 12:30am CST
They say having a pet dog is a big responsibility. Does it apply to you?
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25 responses
@winky73 (1396)
• United States
23 Jan 07
It's no different than having a child.....you are responsible for there well being.I think a lot of people don't realize that.
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@msqtech (15226)
• United States
23 Jan 07
it is law about children though while we can get away with abusing animals
@hellboi (663)
• Philippines
23 Jan 07
having any pet entails a lot of responsibilities so does having dogs. you have to feed them the exact hours and ensure they have access to water throughout the day. if you don't have ample space at home you have to walk your dog everyday to exercise and to do its business. you have to bring it to the vet for vaccinations and whenever it starts acting weird. but despite these responsibilities, the joy it brings to you and your family is priceless. the love and loyalty it shares with you is so sincere and unconditional. humble pets as dogs are but if you do care and be sensitive to their feelings you can learn a lot from them, eventually having them won't be considered as a burden of responsibilities but a bunch of joys and good times
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• Philippines
23 Jan 07
thanks for your response in this discussion. more happiness to you and to your family and pets. hehehe.
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@Wanderlaugh (1624)
• Australia
23 Jan 07
It's an obligation. If you can't handle responsibility, get a pet rock. Care and protection are the basics. From puppy upwards, you learn the rules and learn to understand the dog's needs. The relationship is based on mutual trust, like any healthy relationship. Just having a dog in a suburb is an epic of being responsible on human, dog, and environmental levels. Every interaction between dog and world is your business, and you're expected, rightly, to deal with it. How could you not be responsible? The law and other people will consider you responsible for the dog, under all conditions. Ironically, it's the dog, who just expects some love, some food and some fun, who's the only one who doesn't hold you to account.
• Philippines
23 Jan 07
Good job! For that, i'll mark you best response. Thanks for your response.
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@mishang (499)
• Philippines
23 Jan 07
yup. you shoud be responsible for your own pet and everything it does. you should be the one responsible on feeding them and taking care of them. you will be held responsible in what the dog might do like for instance biting someone. you will be asked to pay for the hospital bills. for me, owning a pet dog is like having a child, you should take care of him. i believe that people who dont want to be responsible for their dog have no right to own one. i love my pet dog and i can see that you love yours too.
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• Philippines
23 Jan 07
Nice one! That's a good answer. Thanks for sharing your insights! Regards to your pet. Lol.
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@CatVegas (711)
• United States
23 Jan 07
Pets are a big responsibility, but we love it as who else would take care of them. We have a mini schnauzer and a loving kitty we got from the shelter. We treat them like our kids as our kids are grown up. The schnauzer gets groomed very 2 months or so, and they both get brushed a few times a week. No different then us combing out hair. They get pampered so much with good food and LOTS of LOVE from both of us, and they give us soooo much love back. Like the one said before, "We Must take care of them" We would be lost without either one...
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• Philippines
23 Jan 07
very well said, catvegas. thanks for sharing your very enlightening thoughts. keep posted!
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@xdwinx (26)
• Philippines
23 Jan 07
yeah, I think it's really a big responsibility 'cause your dog can't thing by it selt, example they cannot feed, have a proper bath on their own, cannot clean their own mess and many more, so with that its relly a big responsibility for us.
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• Philippines
23 Jan 07
first, thanks for your reaction. second, having a pet is like having your own child. you have to feed, give them a bath and walk with them in the park. that is why many people say that if you want to fulfill your motherly figure, you have to get a pet.
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• United States
23 Jan 07
yep sure does , my kids take alot of pride in their care of their dogs , but it dont just apply to dogs its for any animal even a fish since we got out 1st dog 5 yrs agao we have grown to have a zoo now we have 6 cats and 3 rabbits and 2 birds , and our other dog now , i like the fact that my kids have learned responsiblity but mainly compassion for animals ~M~
• Philippines
23 Jan 07
yes, you're right. not only with dogs, but with other animals as well. thanks for sharing.
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• United States
23 Jan 07
A pet dog is definitely a big responsibility. I used to have a pet dog earlier when I was staying with my parents and it was not a problem to manage it then as there always used to be someone at home to take care of the dog. These days, I can not keep a pet dog as I and my husband are generally out for work and it is not possible to leave the pet at home all by itself.
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@BlaKy2 (1475)
• Romania
23 Jan 07
I think having a dog is really a big responsability. You have to take care of it all the time for the rest of his live, if you want to keep it. You have to go out with it, you have to make it baths, you have to give iy food and play with it. I see here a lot of responsability.
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• United States
23 Jan 07
Yes. Having a dog means lot of trips to the vet and all kinds of stuff. He needs to go and be fed, but most of all he needs love. It is a lot of work, but so worth it!
• Philippines
26 Jan 07
nice comment. thanks for sharing.
@Shababy (140)
• United States
31 Jan 07
It is a huge responsibility. I have 3 and it is a big deal. I have to worry about their shots, heartguard, flea and tick meds, check ups, food, water, treats, letting them in and out, their emotional state baths and everything. I love my dogs they are my kids with fur but I think for anyone to have one they need to be prepared for it. It is very hard sometimes finding them care when we travel etc. I love them and would not be without them but it is a big responsibilty.
• United States
30 Jan 07
Dogs are a big responsibility. Nothing makes me sadder than when I see people who don't take care of their dogs. I think people need to think long and hard before getting a dog. But, if you can take care of them there's nothing better than a loving pet.
• United States
30 Jan 07
Our dog is a member of the family, and that makes him a good responsibility. He trusts me to take good care of him and the love I get back from him could never be replaced. He hurts when I hurt and tries to comfort me. He loves to play with his toys and play "cookie hockey" with me. He is sooo happy when I come home from work (and he never talks back or spends too much money). He's a responsibility that I love having!
@lizabeth (666)
• United States
30 Jan 07
Yes it it a big responsibility having a dog. I have 2. You have to make sure they are feed and they have exercise. They need love, in a sense its like having kids. There are a lot of people who have dogs and don't really take care of them.
• Portugal
29 Jan 07
Yes. to have a dog we must have conditions to offer him a good life, unfortunately many people don't think about that kind of things.
@kc_159_98 (144)
• United States
29 Jan 07
Having a dog is a big responsibility, but one that is far out weighed by the benefits. For me, my puppy (4 mo. old black lab/walker mix named Buddy) is a training course for being a parent and how to be a better person all around. He is teaching me paitence, games, love, comfort, and so much more. He also is a big stress releiver. After a hectic work day I can come home and he's full of engergy and affection. He's a best friend, garbage can ;), personal trainer, co-driver, co-trainer (for my horses) and child all rolled into a beautiful black four legged package.
• India
29 Jan 07
Yes, a pet dog is a big responsibility. If we have a dog at home, we can't leave him alonge and go to stay anywhere. If we want to go to native place, we must take him with us. For giving food also we must cook non-veg separately for him. We must bathe everyday. For No. 2 we have to take out. Seeing all things it create a very big responsibility.
• United States
29 Jan 07
I think that dogs are a huge responsibility. But such a joy to have. I love my dog so much. She's our baby and we are so proud of her. She's almost 2 years old!
26 Jan 07
Yes, they are a big responsibility. One that I gladly undertake. Dogs rely on us as their owners for their well being. We are responsible for their health and welfare, grooming them and giving them plenty of exercise. We have to make sure they behave in public, picking up their poo, making sure they are not aggressive to others. Dogs are great companions and we need to make sure they are happy and healthy. They love us unconditionally. We can learn a lot from them.
• India
24 Jan 07
no its not apply to me but personally i think its big responsibility like curing a baby,it needs everything that needed by small little baby