Have you ever accidentally walk into a pile of dog pooh on the sidewalk without knowing it and then enter your home and suddenly notice that with each step you make inside that a nasty trail of something stuck on your shoe was being left behind? Well, that happened to me a few evenings ago, and I was so angry when I realized that it was dog pooh. Not against the dog, but the carelessness of their owners in not cleaning up after their pets.
And had to spend the rest of the evening trying to get the stain out of my area rug that I had walked onto, which was not easy to remove that dark stain. In recent times it seems that nearly everyone in the neighborhood have a dog, and even though I believe it is the law to clean up after their dogs, some people just don’t follow the rules. And in the evening if someone is not looking down and rushing home they can easily walk right on top of this dropped dog feces and bring all that unhealthy uncleanness right inside their home.
In most places outside the city, dogs are free to run around inside their own front or back yards
Having grown up in a home with three dogs and a cat always around on St. Maarten (Dutch Caribbean) where most homes have big yards with trees and a porch, our dogs were always free to run around in the back yard and relieve themselves whenever they need to. We never had to walk the dogs. So that term “walk the dog” was something new to me when I first came to New York City.
The only time our dogs were taken outside of the yard, was when we went to the beach or for our sea baths which was just across the street, and the dogs accompanied us into the sea after letting them run on the beach for a while. Our dogs walked freely in and out of the house and spent most of their time on the front porch keeping guard on whomever was entering the front gate.
Whenever I go home on vacation to see my family, the dogs are the first ones to meet me at the gate, most of them now are new dogs, whom my sisters got since I moved away, as the older dogs have died. And only after being convinced by my sisters and myself that I am part of the family, they stop barking, start wagging their tails now happy to meet another member of the family.
So keeping dogs cooped up in the house was not the custom back home. When I came to New York even though I loved and missed our dogs back home, living in an apartment and having a dog always indoors was something I couldn’t do, besides having the time to walk the dog, and clean up after him, I just don’t have that kind of time, but I admire all those I see everyday walking their dogs.
It seems nearly everyone these days has a dog that needs to be walked
But in recent times it seems like everyone these days have a dog that they need to walk on the sidewalks in New York City. I had no idea so many people were now getting dogs but everywhere you go, all kinds of people with different types of dogs are walking the sidewalks with their little pooches on a leash.
Not just in Brooklyn, but even in the busy streets of Manhattan New York City I took a walk around midtown with my camera and took several photos, (some of them you will see throughout this post) of different people walking their dogs amidst the hustle and bustle of this Big City.
Amazing! I saw some of the most beautiful dogs around, hardly anyone has the same kind of dog, and I can’t help asking some people what kind of dog theirs was or what breed it was, and have to control myself from patting their dog and feeling their hair. So I wonder why is everyone now having dogs as pets?
With millions of people living in the City including the five boroughs, there must also be millions of dogs among them. A lot of single men and women have dogs, is it because of their need for companionship and friendship? Or the need to have someone to take care of? Or is it just a new fad where people see others with dogs and get one to?
Having a dog as a companion can help a person cope with loneliness, moodiness, health problems and soften those with a harsh personality
I personally knew this elderly man in my neighborhood, a heavy smoker with a cigarette always hanging out his mouth, and a grumpy disposition. But a couple of years ago his youngest son when he left home to get marry, gave him a very meek little dog, and ever since he has become a changed man.
He is always outside walking this little dog, in a much better mood than before, and even though he didn’t stop smoking completely I don’t see him with that cigarette sticking out his mouth as often as before. But he is much more pleasant and always talking about how good his little dog is. Or he is busy taking his dog to his veterinarian appointments, or shopping for healthy food for his pet.
That little dog has made him a much more pleasant person. I have also read that having a pet around has contributed to the health of those suffering from high blood pressure, or those recovering from a heart attack or other mayor health problems.
A dog though should never replace the need for a human companion, but for people that may not have such, the dog can fill that void in a person’s life, giving them a sense of purpose, and the joy of taking care of something, making them feel useful and happy. But dogs require a lot of care so that they do not do the opposite for which we get them, which is making us sick rather than helping us to heal.
Take good care of your dogs, so that they do not get sick and make you sick
First make sure your dog is healthy by taking him or her for regular check-ups at a good well researched veterinarian. Get all the information you need on the right kind of nutritional food and vitamins your pet needs, and how often they should be fed a day. Also very important that they are supply with fresh water everyday. Have him check your dogs teeth, nails, eye sight, hearing and skin. Follow local laws for licensing your dog and have him vaccinated against rabies.
It is also good to have your dog neutered, it is believed that dogs who have this surgery live longer and behave better than those who don’t have this procedure done. Always remember that when taking your dog off of your property he should always be on a leash, and should wear a ID collar with proper identification with your name, address and telephone number. Or you can have your Veterinarian micro-chipped your dog if he should lose his ID collar.
This is good just in case he should get away from you and get lost, if found he can be returned to you his owner. Dogs also need a good routine of exercise. Some people take their dog running with them, this is easier for those whom live outside the Big Cities, or dogs can be let lose within your fence to run around on your property. (Like my dogs did back home in the Caribbean) But those living in the Big City like New York, then they have to make sure they walk their dogs several times a day or if living near a park, they can also take their dogs to the park where he can also relieve himself and get more extensive exercise.
What are some diseases that dogs get that can also infect you the owners?
Dogs can transmit different kinds of parasites and bacteria to humans that can make us sick. Just like people can infect others with diseases so can animals. So even though we love our dogs there are some things that should never be done with dogs or any animal. Such as kissing a dog on the mouth, or letting them kiss you on the mouth, especially children.
Or have dogs eat from the same plate you do, or lick your mouth or face. Some people might argue that they do this and never got sick. But diseases don’t always show up right away, but may manifest themselves later on especially if this is done often. So for safety sake, don’t go to that extreme with your pets please. (See previous post on “Being careful to carefully put care back in its place with care”):
Some well known diseases that dogs get are Ringworms, Roundworms, Rabies, Lyme disease and Scabies
RINGWORMS: Signs of hairless round patches on your dog shows he is infected with Ringworms. This is caused by a fungus that can be easily transmitted to humans. To keep the infection from passing on to you wash your hands with anti-bacterial soap after petting him. Take the dog to the veterinarian as soon as possible for treatment with proper medication. If you have already caught the infection you can get rid of it with special anti-fungus cream. So far Ringworms if treated in time doesn’t seem to be fatal.
ROUNDWORMS: A lot more serious condition especially if you have small children around your pet. And that is the reason I mentioned that dogs should not be kissed on the mouth or lick your mouth or face, especially young children. Roundworms are spaghetti-looking parasites that are often found in a dog’s digestive system. Here is where cleaning up quickly after a dog has defecated is important. Because if the parasites eggs should get into the human body, the eggs develop into larvae and establish themselves into the eyes which cause blindness. Dogs should be giving De-Wormers on a regular basis to prevent getting infected with roundworms. Speak to your veterinarian about this.
RABIES: This condition is so serious that it’s now required in most states that dogs receive the rabies vaccination. In order for a dog owner to contract rabies from their pet, the dog must first be bitten by a rabid animal and then their dog must bite them. Another way a human can contract this condition from their infected dog is if their dog’s saliva gets into contact with an open wound they may have.
(You see again how wise it is not to have your dog lick your mouth so as to prevent the dog saliva from getting inside your body). Rabies is a potentially fatal condition and should always be treated seriously. If your dog has been bitten by another dog or any type of wildlife, you need to report it to the proper authorities so your dog can be quarantined to help prevent a rabies outbreak in case it did happen to contract the condition after getting bit.
LYME DISEASE: Dogs really can’t transmit Lyme disease unless they get infected with TICKS. Ticks are carriers of Lyme disease and they can be found on dogs. A person can be bitten by a tick hidden in their dog fur and develop Lyme disease. This usually manifest itself by a rash that resembles a bulls-eye target and by a fever. The best way to prevent getting bitten by a tick is to avoid tick infested areas. Also to have your veterinarian prescribed a special tick preventative medication for your dog. And if you have been bitten by a tick to see a medical doctor as soon as possible.
SCABIES: Scabies are the result of your dog itching and developing scabs all over his body. What causes this is when a mite buries itself in the skin and causes constant itching, scabs and hair loss. This can be prevented by keeping your dog clean as I will go more into detail below.
If humans contract this condition from their dogs, the itchiness will only last a few weeks and then go away on its own, without the need for medication. The itchiness doesn’t last a long time especially if you bath your own skin often, but because the dog is the mite main host and not humans, it will continue to cause the dog to itch unless he is relieved by a good bath and grooming.
So, as you can see, there are ways to contract conditions from our dogs. There are actually many more than I’ve listed above. The best things you can do to help keep yourself protected from contracting diseases from your dog are the following: Visit your veterinarian often, Keep vaccinations up-to-date, use Flea, Tick and Heart worm preventative and stay on schedule.
Keep your yard and sidewalks clean of dog feces and other garbage if you can, and always wash your hands after handling any trash, petting your dog, or any dog for that matter. If you suspect that your dog has contracted any of the conditions listed above, consult with your dog’s veterinarian immediately. Don’t wait until it’s too late. When a condition does develop, get it taken care of as soon as possible. The ultimate goal is prevention, and one thing that can help prevent many diseases for both dog and owners is:
Cleanliness,Cleanliness, Cleanliness the best preventative to keep both your dog and yourself healthy
Just as we need to bath regularly, groom and keep ourselves clean to be healthy so do our dogs. Uncleanness is responsible for many diseases both dogs and humans develop. We should wash our hands regularly after petting our dog, before touching food or our children if we have such. When walking our dogs clean up right away after the dog if he should defecate on the sidewalk where people walk.
Carry a non transparent plastic bag and wear gloves if possible when picking up the dog pooh and it should be thrown in the trash. Dog feces carry E-Coli and other parasites dangerous to human health, especially if someone should accidentally walk in it and carry this into their homes as I mentioned at the beginning of this post that happened to me.
If the feces is allow to try and remain on the sidewalk until hard it still affects the air we breath and contribute to the already polluted air being breathed in by people everyday causing all kinds of respiratory and other health problems we may not even know about yet. Dogs should be bathed several times a week, properly groom and their skin powdered and brushed.
Dogs should be bathed and groom several times a week
If dog owners don’t bathe their dogs often just like humans dead skin bacteria accumulate on the dog skin and fur. Dogs also shed their hair regularly and this can get imbedded in clothes, floor carpets if you have such and food if the dog hangs out in the kitchen or near eating areas.
If the dog is not bathed regularly this will cause a foul smelling odor that will permeate throughout the entire apartment or home. This is the same as indoor pollution because we are breathing in fouled or dirty air which is bad for our health especially if children are present in the home. Homes in which a pet is kept indoors should be clean regularly by vacuuming, sweeping, dusting and disinfecting.
If it is not convenient for dog owners to do this bathing and grooming themselves they can find places that can do this for them. But this can be expensive, so it is better to learn to do this yourself by getting the dog into the bath tub and giving him a good soapy scrubbing with his own soap or body wash several times weekly, and dry him with his own towel.
As mentioned at the beginning of this post when I was home in St. Maarten (Dutch Caribbean) we used to take our dogs into the sea with us to swim, and for sea baths and then gave them a good soapy scrub after coming home, dried them and brushed them smooth and clean. This will keep all diseases and ticks away from your dog and any odor causing bacteria from accumulating on their bodies. It will also keep your home free from any dog odor or shed hair.
Taking care of our dogs or any animal is our God given responsibility, and was the first assignment given to man after his creation
Have you ever wondered where did we get this love of dogs or any animal from? It comes from God the Creator himself. So all this false teaching that humans evolved from animals is another Satan inspired lie. In the Bible book of Genesis He tells us step by step how He created the earth and all things, every animal according to their own kind, including the first humans as human beings standing on two feet. Nothing evolved from a previous animal or being. And the first man was created as a man and never walked on four feet or went hunting for food. He was put in a beautiful Garden filled with all the fruit and vegetables he needed to eat to stay healthy and living forever. In Genesis 1: 26–28 it says:
And God went on to say: “Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness, and let them have in subjection the fish of the sea and the flying creatures of the heavens and the domestic animals and all the earth and every moving animal that is moving upon the earth. (27) And God proceeded to create the man in his image, in God’s image he created him, male and female he created them. (28) Further God blessed them and God said to them: ”Be fruitful and become many and fill the earth and subdue it, and have in subjection the fish of the sea and the flying creatures of the heavens and every living creature that is moving upon he earth”
After Adam the first man was created, the Bible says at Genesis 2:19 and 20: “Now Jehovah God was forming from the ground every wild beast of the field and every flying creature of the heavens, and he began bringing them to the man to see what he would call each one; and whatever the man would call it, each living soul that was its name. (20) So the man was calling the names of all the domestic animals and of the flying creatures of the heavens and of every wild beast of the field…”
So God gave Adam the first man the privilege of giving each different type of the animals their description or name. If Adam called a certain type of animal, “Camel”, and another “Dog” and another “Horse” or “Sheep”, or “Giraffe” etc, that is the name God allowed them to stick with, and later told Adam that the animals were to be in subjection to him. So humans would have authority over the animals and not animals over humans.
And to show how much the Creator cares about animals there are several scriptures that gives specific instructions for the care of animals, even as small as birds! (Exodus 23:5 & 12, Luke 14:5 and Matthew 10:29) and this care of animals He considered as the right thing to do. That is what Proverbs 12:10 says: “The righteous one is caring for the soul of his domestic animal, but the mercies of the wicked ones are cruel”.
All animals even the wild animals were created to be our friends and at peace with each other and humans, and will be such again
And under God’s Kingdom in the New World, all animals even those now considered to be wild animals will be at peace with each other and with man just as it was in the beginning with Adam. That is the way it was supposed to be, all the animals were originally our friends, and wasn’t created to do us harm, or humans wasn’t to mistreat them. This is God promise recorded in the Bible book of Isaiah 11:6-9:
“And the wolf will actually reside for a while with the male lamb, and with the kid the leopard itself will lie down, and the calf and the maned young lion and the well-fed animal all together; and a mere little boy will be leader over them.(7) And the cow and the bear themselves will feed: together their young ones will lie down. And even the lion will eat straw just like the bull.
(8) And the sucking child will certainly play upon the hole of a cobra; and upon the light aperture of a poisonous snake will a weaned child actually put his own hand. (9) They will not do any harm or cause any ruin in all my holy mountain; because the earth will certainly be filled with the knowledge of Jehovah as the waters are covering the very sea.”
That is a wonderful hope to look forward to for all animal lovers and those whom love what is right. It will happen right here on earth when God’s Kingdom begins ruling in the hands of the Prince of Peace Jesus Christ. Then the restoration of human perfection and the earth back to Paradise will begin shortly after the great war of Armageddon, (the final war that will destroy this present Satan controlled wicked cruel world) soon to come. (see previous post on drinking tea before this, and others such as: “Great Joy to the world and peace among men of goodwill, how to find comfort and hope now even amidst devastating tragedy“)
In the meantime all animal lovers especially of dogs whom have become one of our closest domestic animal friends continue to take good care of your pets, follow the suggestions above if not already doing so or may have overlook some of them. And if you live in a Big City like New York where dogs are kept indoors for most of their time, remember to walk them outdoors often for exercise, air and to relieve themselves.
And since this has to be done on the sidewalks where other people are walking please show neighborly love and clean up after your dog as soon as he drops his pooh, this is for everybody’s good, including the dog himself.
Well, some people will never follow that rule, so for the rest of us whom have to walk the sidewalks, sometimes at night, in order not to walk into any dropped dog pooh we have to be careful and watch our step, and remember dogs are walking the sidewalks to!
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