PROTECT OUR PETS AND OTHER PETS TOO! BRING THEM IN FROM THE COLD

Protect our pets from the coldPlease take a look around when you are out there showing homes over the next few days during this freezing cold and help protect our pets.

Some people who consider keeping their pet tied outside forget that in this cold they need to add extra floor cover to the dog house and at least put them in the garage over night when our nights are below zero degrees like they are right now and for the next several days.

Nothing upsets me more than when I drive around and I see dogs tied outside without shelter and without water. You can tell they are not tied out for short periods of time because there are paths well worn in the snow or in the grass around them.

So please, do me a favor when you are out and about over the next few days Keep your eyes open for a neglected pet.  If you see one, please call the proper authorities in your area.  Thank you so much!

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Comment balloon 44 commentsBobbie Smith • January 22 2013 04:19PM

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Bobbie: This is a good community awareness post that hopefully many will see in the Poconos area and take the necessary precautions to protect their pets.

Posted by Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055) almost 6 years ago

I do not like to see pets tied up outside I think its horrible. Would you tie your kids up outside and leave them alone for days?

Posted by Nathan Thorn, Accurate Home Inspections Parkersburg West Virgini (Accurate Home Inspections) almost 6 years ago

Hi Anita, Thanks. I hope many will keep it mind over the next few days. So many stray animals with no place to go I feel so bad.

Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 almost 6 years ago

Hi Nathan, I totally agree. It is horrible and should no longer be considered humane treatment of animals.

Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 almost 6 years ago

Good Evening Bobbie,  You are so right, pets need to be taken care of when the weather changes bad.

Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) almost 6 years ago

Bobbie,

Excellent reminder. No pet should be left outside in this weather. When I let my dogs out, they're back in a flash.

Rich

Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 6 years ago

Great reminder for those that need it.  Not something we have to face often down here in FL, but sometimes here as well.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) almost 6 years ago

Hi Will, We sure do need to protect them, especially if they are tied outside, even with a dog house they need added protection in this cold

Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 almost 6 years ago

Hi Rich, Mine too. Abby, our Black Lab will usually sit outside for a little while and keep an eye on things but not in this cold. Hopefully people will remember their pets need special care in this severe cold.

Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 almost 6 years ago

Hi Gabe, I imagine you have the opposite in the summertime.  When it is too hot, you need to protect your pets from dehydration, etc so they need to be sure they have the proper shelter at that time.

Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 almost 6 years ago

It has been in the teens to 20s below (actual temperature), Bobbi.  Too cold for those poor animals to be outside.  I even feel sorry for the cattle!

Posted by Suzanne McLaughlin, Sabinske & Associates, Realtor (Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael)) almost 6 years ago

Hi Suzanne, Me too. All those poor strays out there too. Actually how we got our cat. I noticed this poor thing was going under our deck in the freezing cold - finally coaxed her to our garage.  At least she gets to stay warm now. Thanks!

Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 almost 6 years ago

Yes, Bobbie, we do have a hydration problem for pets on some summer days.  There are also some poor choices of breeds by some owners for pets who belong in a different climate.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) almost 6 years ago

Hi Gabe, I can just imagine. Expecting a husky or a saint bernard to be happy and comfortable in your warm climate is like saying a chihuahua can stay tied outside in our cold. Wholeheartedly agree with you on this one.

Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 almost 6 years ago

Good morning, Bobbie.  Add me to the list.  It breaks my heart to see an animal mistreated.  I would ask the owner how they would feel being outside in these conditions.  The heat of summer is just as bad.

Stay warm in the Poconos.

Posted by Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor (Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate) almost 6 years ago

Hi Mary, Thank you. I do agree. It is OK by law here unfortunately to leave your dog tied outside but you do have to provide shelter and water and many times I see animals tied outside without either. Breaks my heart too.

Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 almost 6 years ago

Oh, this is perfect for a reblog.  You know that I am a huge animal lover.  And, now that I am a Rainmaker we can make it go furhter and father, Bobbie.

Posted by Ron Marshall, Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire (Marshall Enterprises) almost 6 years ago

our furry kids live inside and I always report when I see neglect.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) almost 6 years ago

Bobby - I came over after Ron reblogged your post.  I agree.  Please bring the pets inside when it is freezing outside!

Posted by Pam Miller, Broker Associate - Pearland/Friendswood (Realty Associates) almost 6 years ago

My hounds are on my sofa waiting for me until I come home....they have a doggie door in a storm door if they need to go outside into their fenced yard....I fill water before I leave so they are comfy

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) almost 6 years ago

Hi Ron, Glad you are an animal lover too. Thank you for the re-blog and spreading the word. When it is zero degrees with nasty wind chill people need to remember our pets. Thank you again!

Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 almost 6 years ago

Hi Tammy, Good for you. I keep the animal neglect # right in my cell phone so it is easy for me to do the same. Thanks for stopping by

Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 almost 6 years ago

Hi Pam, So glad to hear that. Thanks for stopping by and letting me know that Ron reblogged me.

Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 almost 6 years ago

Hi Wallace, That sounds very familiar. My dogs have the same luxury, doggie door to a fenced in back yard so they can come and go as they please. Thanks!

Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 almost 6 years ago

I can't even imagine keeping a dog outside in a cold climate. I just came back from Puerto Rico where it seems like all animals are routinely kept outside, but, of course, it's a different story in a warm tropical climate.

Posted by Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate (Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500) almost 6 years ago

Hi Jill, Some people still do and that is sad.  A little common sense sometimes is hard to find.

Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 almost 6 years ago

If you have a dog and it is cold, you should bring them inside, but you could also heat the garage or shed and keep them there.  Be careful with space heaters, cords, etc.  It needs to be dog proof.

Posted by Roger Newton (Roger Newton Real Estate) almost 6 years ago

Roger, Good points. Yes, any place that is warmer than the below zero temps we have had a lot of this winter. Thanks!

Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 almost 6 years ago

Dear Bobbie,

Unresponsible pet parents should not have them. I love pets, but some summers, I am barely home for weeks, which would be cruel for a pet, who does not understand that we have to strike, while the iron is hot.

Posted by Dörte Engel, ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland (RE/MAX Leading Edge) almost 6 years ago

Contacting the authorities in our parts is akin to putting a note in a bottle and dropping it in the lake. They simply don't care. Dozens of people over the years complained of a German Shepherd in our town who was tied out for years. It IS against County ordinances but - who cared? NOT law enforcement, that was for sure.

What I have to wonder is why anyone would take a pet or keep a pet if they're just going to tie them outside and forget about them.

After working in rescue for a few years I have some terrible stories about the things humans do to dogs and cats... I quite often wished I could turn the tables and tie those humans out in a yard with no shelter for a few years.

Posted by Marte Cliff, Your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) almost 6 years ago
My lab, Zeke, stays inside with us all the time...he is such a good dog. I would definitely call if I saw an animal out in the cold or heat.
Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty, Martha Hilton, Broker) almost 6 years ago

I can't imagine a pet owner leaving their pets out in nasty weather, could you? People who subject their pets to nasty weather or environment aren't pet owners because pet owners have compassion, love and understanding, don't they?

Posted by Kimo Jarrett, Pro Lifestyle Solutions (WikiWiki Realty) almost 6 years ago

Dorte, I understand that and I sure agree. Irresponsible pet owners should not have them.

Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 almost 6 years ago

Marte, I agree. If you are cruel info to do "those things" to a poor defenseless animal then you deserve the same. I cannot work in helping out animals because what I would witness would be to much for me to bare, the tragedies of it all.  Government does not do much be at least we know have a few agencies in the area who can when you report animal abuse.  It takes time to find them but I have been lucky enough in some areas to find someone who can and will help.  Thanks for stopping by.

Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 almost 6 years ago

Hi Rebecca, Glad to hear it. Someone needs to fight on their behalf. thanks.

Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 almost 6 years ago

Hi Kimo, You would think so wouldn't you but there are far too many people who do not think that way.

Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 almost 6 years ago

As the "mother" of an abused dog, I get it. And I've been know to call the animal control people when I've seen neighbors not properly caring for their pets. If we don't fight for them, who will?

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage | Charlotte, NC) almost 6 years ago

Hip Hip Hooray Nina! Thank goodness for you and people like you!

Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 almost 6 years ago

In Southern California we are pretty lucky. Very few cold, cold days/nights. But even here, and with a warm dog house, the dog is in when it's remotely chilly. 

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) almost 6 years ago

Hi Karen, I can imagine. If they are always used to warm the chilly can be enough of a temp difference they need to be brought in.  You probably have to worry more about them being left out in the heat to much.

Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 almost 6 years ago

just had a conversation woith a woman that I met online...she casually mentioned that all pets should be outside all of the time...I rapidly hit the delete button and I do not have any pets at the moment!!

Posted by Paddy Deighan JD PhD, Paddy Deighan J.D. Ph.D (TimeshareLawyers.pro) almost 6 years ago

Paddy, glad to hear you hit the delete button.  Most of us love our pets as another member of the family.

Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 almost 6 years ago

Hi Bobbie,

Thanks for writing this post and thanks for being an animal advocate!! I'll never understand how anyone can leave their pet out in the cold and not feel guilty, especially on the east coast! It's sad, but I guess some people have no sense of compassion or empathy for other living beings : (

All the best to you this year & have a great week ahead!

Gina

Posted by Momentum Realty, Orange County CA Real Estate Agent (North Orange County CA Real Estate Specialists) almost 6 years ago

Hi Gina,

Thanks so much, appreciate your support.

I don't understand it either and it really upsets me and kinda why I put the blog out there, so that others would keep an eye out for our Pets too.  As you can see from the comments, there are plenty of us out there that care.

 

Thanks so much.  You have a great year and week ahead also!

Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 almost 6 years ago

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