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If you ask most humans, they’ll likely tell you that they LOVE dogs, especially if they have a dog of their own. However, I don’t think every human loves dogs in the same way. Many of the people who ‘love dogs’ spent tons of money trying to find the perfect puppy from a breeder, ignoring the fact that dogs are dying in shelters.
For people who buy dogs, I don’t doubt that they love their furry friends dearly. In fact, I hope that every dog is well-cared for no matter where they came from. But I think there’s a fine line between loving all dogs and only loving your own dog.
What’s the Difference?
I’ve heard many humans say something along the lines of ‘I love my dog and they’re well-cared for, so that’s all that matters’ as a way of justifying their decision to buy instead of adopt. However, just loving your own dogs isn’t enough. Sure, it’s amazing to see people properly caring for their dogs, but loving all dogs is about so much more than just that.
For a rescue dog like me, I think choosing a dog should consist of thinking about dogs as a whole. Many humans just think about their personal wants and needs when getting a dog, which is why they breed. However, getting a dog is about choosing the dog that’s best for your family and for that dog, even if it’s not the dog you initially expected to get.
Loving all dogs means that you are aware of the ongoing problems in this world. It means that you care about all the dogs stuck in shelters and all the dogs getting euthanized. Loving all dogs means that you do your part to help and spread the word when possible, and of course, adopting is one of the best ways to do it.
Loving all dogs also means that you don’t judge any certain dog breeds. For example, there are so many humans that adore their fluffy Poodle, but then they are very rude to someone with a Pit Bull (even though a Pit Bull isn’t even a breed).
You need to learn to love all breeds and respect that all dogs are different. It’s not fair for you to adore one person’s dog and then be rude to a different dog just because they’re not ideal to you.
People are so quick to judge each other too. If they see someone’s dog misbehaving, they often get upset without knowing the whole story. Not every dog is exactly the same. Some dogs are harder to train than others and all dogs have their own personalities. Instead of acting like your dog is the only good dog in the world, it’s important to be kind to all dogs and love all dogs no matter what.
Why is it Important to Love All Dogs?
As I’ve mentioned many times before, there are many dogs that die each year because not enough people adopt. These are innocent dogs that just want someone to give them a chance. We can’t speak to humans, so we need humans to speak up on our behalf.
If you truly love all dogs, you should do whatever you can to help them. If more humans fostered, adopted, and volunteered, then I think we could truly save more dogs. In fact, if enough dogs get adopted, we could even put an end to kill shelters.
It might sound a bit too optimistic, but I think that’s the best way to think. If everyone started caring for dogs like this, then we could change the world. Sure, there will always be dog breeders, but they shouldn’t be the norm. More people need to adopt and love all dogs so adoption can be the new normal. Adopting a dog doesn’t just change that dog’s life, but it can also help save even more dogs too!
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