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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Thursday Spotlight: Rie McGaha

It’s A Dog’s Life

Harley Davidson is almost five years old. He’s a French bulldog I’ve had since he was four months old. Harley was born to a breeder, but had an umbilical hernia and had to have surgery that also included neutering, so he could never be used for breeding. He was born with a second set of teeth that kind of looks like the teeth on a shark. Normally a five hundred dollar dog, the people who bought him paid half price. Harley’s other problem is he’s very aggressive, and the people who owned him had no idea how to train him or handle his little attitude problem. They gave him to me for a week of training after a vet told them to put him down. I had no problems with him, but after he returned to his owners he reverted back to his old behavior and they called and asked if I wanted him permanently. I did.

I had never had a small dog before. I wanted a Bull Mastiff, and had always had Labs, Shepherds, or Rotts. Now I had this twenty-three pound Frenchie with the attitude of a junkyard Doberman. And I wouldn’t trade him for anything, or any amount of money.

Harley is my buddy. He sleeps with me, goes everywhere with me, and stays by my side at all times. He is the most loyal, faithful companion I’ve ever had. He still has an attitude problem, however I have discovered that most of his attitude is for show. For me. He will try to go through a window to attack someone walking by, and then turn to me with (and I swear) a grin on his face to get my approval.

Dogs of all breeds only want our attention and approval. They want us to show them our love and affection. Faithfulness and loyalty is their nature and they ask little more than food, water, and the occasional scratch behind the ears in return. Yet there are more and more animals being abused and mistreated and abandoned than ever before. More and more animals are placed in dog pounds only to be put down because no one adopts them. While there are no-kill shelters, these facilities can only care for a certain number of animals because of budgets.

The answer of course is to spay and neuter animals before they have the chance to breed. Most states have veterinarian organizations that issue certificates for low or no-cost altering. There are also many private organizations who also provide low or no-cost spay and neutering. Your local vet may have the phone numbers, or the local shelter may have them.

The other part to this problem is donating to your local no-kill shelter. Donations are tax deductible and help save animal’s lives. Donating dog food, treats and other needs, as well as time, also helps shelters to cut costs so they can use funding for more pens to accept more animals.

And of course, if you want a new pet, adopt a dog or cat from a shelter. Adult dogs are wonderful and adapt very well to family life. If you really want a puppy, examine your reason why. After all, puppies only stay puppies for a short while and then they’re dogs. And if you want to help without adopting, volunteer at a shelter to walk dogs and spend time with them. Donate to the shelter or to the spay/neuter program in your area.

It’s a dog’s life that no dog should have to live.

Rie McGaha is the author of several books ranging from erotic romance to paranormal, fantasy, historical, and and suspense. She also produces book trailers, works as a freelance editor, is a review editor, and promotes other authors on her blogs Sizzling Releases, An Author's Tale, and Author Offerings. She is the mother of 12 and her 26th grandchild is due in October. She rescues abused animals, nurses them back to health and tries to find new homes for them. In her spare time she likes to garden and shoot weapons.

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