Written by Alisa Mullins
Today, as Americans from sea
to shining sea celebrate the Founding Fathers' determination to be free from
British rule by setting off fireworks and hosting backyard barbecues, how many
of us will notice that some Americans remain in bondage—sometimes just a few
feet from the grill?
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Millions of dogs live their
entire lives—24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year—in chains. They get food when their owners remember to toss it
out the back door. They get a drink whenever they manage to avoid tipping over
their water bucket (if they even have one). James Madison was in the White
House the last time that they got a walk. Entertainment options? Counting the
flies circling their heads, gnawing on rocks or the chains that bind them, or watching
their families flip burgers and twirl sparklers on the deck from a distant
corner of the backyard.
Like us, dogs are social
animals. They crave contact with humans and other dogs and can go insane if
they are denied it. If you know of a "backyard dog," why not do what
you can to make his or her life a little better? Here are just a few of the
ways you can improve a chained
Being stuck outdoors on a
chain is like being a prisoner of war—only dogs are not our enemies, we are not
at war with them, and they are never going to be set free. That is, unless
those who think that chaining a dog is an act of betrayal on a par with that of
Benedict Arnold do something about it.
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