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  •  Just my never humble opinion here. (5+ / 0-)

    While I found the diary interesting, I work with dogs professionally and have for almost 20 years so I read text books on the subject.

    I'm sorry to say I didn't find it touching or moving in any big way, it was written too dispassionately, almost clinically.

    If you really did it from a dogs point of view I think that would be catching. It sounds like you're trying to catch the attention of the animal medical community. As someone who has gently held 50 dogs in one day at a local pound while they were euthanized, it takes more than just this diary.

    There are many things about life on reservations that are drastically different from life elsewhere in the US. Shamefully so. Life expectency, infant mortality rates, suicides.

    Overpopulation and mistreatment in the form of neglect, of dogs, doesn't seem to be one of them, at least this diary doesn't convince me so.

    Here in Nashville, TN we euthanize over 400 dogs each and every week simply because they are unwanted. And we are no different than other cities our size. That's over 20,000 dogs a year just in one city. In fact the leading killer of dogs is euthanasia.

    So, I would make it more personal, if I were writing a book about rez dogs. And maybe include some action points.
    What works to control deer populations is sterilzation, link to the studies that show that.

    Shooting them doesn't solve the problem. It's too sudden of a change to the herd. The remaining deer mulitpy in larger numbers to bring the herd back up.

    A spay and neuter program for dogs would work much like feral cat programs where they neuter and release, though cats survive on their own much better than dogs.

    Or you could go the other direction and make it more scientific to appeal to the animal medical community. There are programs where vets go overseas each year to do volunteer work in other countries with stray dog populations. You could write something that would move them to stay here in the states and do the same thing.

    I do think the story is a great idea! Oh and pack dogs usually do get along well, their survival depends on it. I have always thought dogs were socialists at heart. While cats of course believe they are each the head of their own monarchies.

    Tracy B Ann - technically that is my signature.

    by ZenTrainer on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 09:54:25 AM PST

    •  thank you for your comments. . . (6+ / 0-)

      and you do speak a truth here. And so does this story. But I do not want to scare my readers off with so much disgusting and disheartening news that some of us, like you, like me, know is the real hardcore facts. I am writing to an for a generic audience, and I am assuming most do not want to know all the gory details. I have served on many occasions as a res dog rescuer, and know firsthand the menace these wonderful pooches face on a daily basis. I also have worked with the occasional space-neutering clinics. it's just not enough. Vets have only so much time and nonprofits out here only have so much money to do what they can. Otherwise, it is estimated some seven thousand res dogs is a combined total census. Don't even ask me how many are destroyed, let alone how many just don't make it. Anyway, my purpose in this "lighter" story, ZenTrainer, is to relate the essentials of what most people aren't aware of, and therefore not hit 'em between the eyes with the hardcore stuff. I think that is more in your line and I encourage to write a diary about this. I have another story to tell; a heart-warming story about one res dog, Stumpi, and as you know, sometimes there are happy endings to a res dog's life and plight. But thanks for your opinions. I cannot fault you in the slightest. I just prefer going about being the messenger in naive sort of way, if that's what some readers might be thinking.

      Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

      by richholtzin on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 10:29:17 AM PST

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    •  ESP the girl cats (1+ / 0-)
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      They are obsessed w/cat nobility.

      Boy cats are artists. They sing, make love & dance. They can be assholes & the girls can be bitches, but they're fun to live with & they really seem to love humans.

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