Remember that old term?
Hard to imagine, but there was a time when it was UNUSUAL for dogs to be inside our homes. Crazy, huh?
When it was accepted that dogs - OF COURSE! - lived outdoors.
And once in awhile you’d meet someone who had a special (and lucky and somehow, more loved) dog that lived indoors with the family and was referred to as a “house dog.”
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They’d say, “We have a house dog.”
I'm not the only one who remembers this, right?
Fortunately, we don’t hear that term anymore. Thank God most dogs today live indoors. NOW a term we sometimes hear is “outdoor dog.”
“We have an outdoor dog.”
Now THEY are the exception.
If a dog lives outdoors with other dogs, then it’s not as bad for the dog (although they’d all be happier living indoors with the rest of the pack), but they will never be as bonded to the owners as they would be if they lived inside, but for a single dog to live alone outdoors… for a pack animal to be so isolated… for a social animal to spend most of its time alone… it’s against his nature and is absolutely unhealthy for him.
Actually, it's cruelty.
I recall when I was a kid, our dog, Missy, lived alone outdoors. In the summer, we were out there with her a lot, but in the winter… she spent long, lonely hours out there by herself.
Now, go kiss your "House Dogs."
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