Introducing Lane Batot, who often comments, especially on dogs and domestication. I hope we will be seeing him here again!
“With a diverse(some would say eccentric)interest and experiences with canines and the outdoors(usually combining the two in some fashion), and as a big fan of this blog, I have been invited to “guest-write”(not to be confused with “ghost-write”) occasionally about some of my many misadventures and perspectives, which may be of interest to other readers.
“First off, it was suggested I relate why I have so many dogs(13 at present), the advantages(?) of keeping such a large pack, and the very real danger of losing this privelege with the increasingly restrictive laws cropping up limiting one’s canine acquisitions.(para.) My own reasons for ending up with so many dogs are as much accidental as planned—over half my pack are rescues. Dogs that, had I not taken them in, would not be alive today. This is something dog restriction laws will inevitably do, doom even more dogs to euthanasia or abandonment. People that now will take the time to rescue and rehome a stray or two, will be discouraged from such humanitarian actions by these laws.(para.) I also have so many dogs because, well, there are just SO MANY interesting dog breeds and types out there! My own personal motto is, “so many dogs, so little time”! I have experienced a lot of dogs in my near half-century of living(especially with my tendency to experience them in multiples), and yet there are so many more I hope to experience and share my life with before I cash it in! So dog limits imposed on citizens are also personally restrictive to my chosen lifestyle. Doesn’t this violate my basic constitutional rights? Yes, it does.
“As I have yet to breed a litter of any sort(way too dangerous a prospect for a sentimental chap like myself!), so I do not fall in the category of someone breeding to maintain a line of working dogs, be they for herding, hunting, sled work, guard and police work, handicap-assistance dogs, and others. Breeders not allowed by law to keep multiple animals are going to have a hard time providing these types of real working dogs to those in need.
“One thing I do do that involves the use of more than the pet or two these laws restrict us to, is train sled dogs. Mine is purely recreational, but this is a whole genera of dogs that will no longer be able to fulfill their roles with such limitations. It’s kinda hard to have a team with just a pet or two.(p.) Of course radical, unreasonable, “humaniac” Animal Right’s Activists could care less about the many contributions such dogs make to society, or the joy they have in fulfilling these roles(in the proper hands), since they wish to eliminate(or so it seems) any human/animal interactions at all. Legislators who go along with the passing of these laws are often just ignorant that any other legitimate perspective exists, so we dog-people do need to do all we can to educate them. It would be great if we could get these law-makers out of their offices and let them see the real deal in the field–they’d probably enjoy that too, for a change! Action does speak louder than words! Hopefully I will be relating some of these experiences with my own dogs in future posts.”