Dogs and the Homeless.

ImagePhoto Credit:http://livedoor.blogimg.jp/gachhasoku/imgs/d/6/d6214e90.jpg

Generally speaking, dogs belonging to homeless people are probably a lot happier and more well adjusted than the average pet dog.

Without knowing it (or maybe they do) homeless people give their dogs a lot of what they need every day.

It is in the nature of dogs to travel.

In the wild the pack will travel for a large part of the day in search of food and water. This instinct to travel is deeply imbedded and it explains a lot of ‘bad behaviour’ that pet dogs exhibit when they are prevented from traveling.

A big house with a big back yard is still just a fancy kennel if you are a dog.

Every one and every thing will eventually go crazy if you lock them up, even if it is in a fancy house.

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The blogger that I got this photo from is a moron so I’m not giving them any credit.

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We walk our dogs twice a day and we meet a lot of people along the way. Often these people feel guilty seeing us out with our dogs every day and they will often say that they do not have the time and that their dog has a big backyard to run around in. I’ll bet the dog likes running around in that big back yard but that is exercise and is not the primal activity that is ‘traveling’.

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Photo Credit:http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/homeless-man-reunited-with-stolen-dog-20101220-192hr.html

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Photo Credit:http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-12-07/charities-show-some-ruff-love-to-homeless/4416182

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Photo Credit: http://dogsinnercity.com/tag/homeless-dogs/

To travel with your pack leader is an honour and a previledge to a dog.

So, the excitement that a dog owner sees when the lead comes out is partly about all the adventure and smells that are about to happen and mostly about the primal enjoyment of traveling with the pack, and the pack leader.

ImageThere isn’t a dog in this shot but I thought is was a very good photo so I put it in anyway.

I think I got it from TheAge, but I’m not sure.

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11 thoughts on “Dogs and the Homeless.

  1. Really interesting post. Never quite thought of it like that… Thrilled to realise Monty feels privileged (in a primal way) to accompany me on our walks, adventures and errands!

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  2. Hi there araneus1…thanks for citing our post in your post about Dogs and the Homeless…Dogs Inner City are based in Sydney..apparently one of the most affluent cities in the world…seemingly the cost of living would indicate that…the number of people living on the streets with their dogs is increasing as it is in Melbourne where we recently travelled…a number of organisations here are developing initiatives to look after both parties so that they can stay together…we’ll be posting more about that in the near future..many thanks

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  3. In London you very rarely see a homeless without a dog and I have often wondered whether their dogs are happy. Based on your arguments I think they are. Really enjoyed this post… and the photos.

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  4. I do see lots of pictures of homeless people on a web but it’s scary for me how little they pay attention to the sitter. I mean to get to know who are you photographing. I assume here is where your comment: ”The blogger that I got this photo from is a moron so I’m not giving them any credit” comes from?
    I don’t understand why to take a picture of somebody you don’t have a respect for?… it is hard to have a good portrait of a homeless person as they don’t like others documenting them in a situation in life they usually feel ashamed of…
    and yes, I love their dogs 🙂 they are happy, friendly and usually really well taken care of!

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    • Thank you for your comments Mona. I must admit I avoid taking pictures of homeless people because I know that most of them would be embarrassed and I do not want to cause them any more discomfort. For this reason I would make a very bad news photographer. They say that to be a good news photographer you need to get the shot no matter what. The person I got one of those shots from was a moron. His blog was all about how uncomfortable ‘ordinary people’ feel having to look at homeless people, and that the police should move them out of sight. The part that made me really mad was that this person lives in my city!
      In good news; one of the people I did give credit to contacted me and thanked me for using their photo and for linking back to them (dogsinnercity.com) so not everyone in my city is an idiot. I guess every city is a mix of good and bad and we have to find a way to live with them all.
      Be well, and don’t forget to be awesome.

      Terry

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