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Five Things Dogs Would Appreciate More Than Beer

The following article was written by PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk.

The World Records Academy has recognized Bowser Beer as the first brew made specifically for dogs. May I suggest five simple things that dogs would appreciate a lot more than a beer:

  1. Real walks, not “drag-alongs” with someone on their cell phone who isn’t paying attention to what they want to stop and sniff as well as outings to dog parks where they can safely run around off leash.
  2. The opportunity to bark now and then. People talk all day long, yet dogs are often shushed if they bark even once―even when they’re warning that someone’s coming to the door.
  3. Frequent and prompt bathroom breaks, i.e., don’t make your dog wait for you with legs crossed while you brush your teeth and comb your hair first thing in the morning.
  4. Veterinary checkups for painful dental problems―something not cool to neglect―as well as fresh, clean water rather than yesterday’s.
  5. Your time. Don’t be a blur, dashing in, changing, and dashing back out again, leaving your dog to stare at the walls for even more hours. Get the ball out and throw it, give tummy rubs, hang out together, and see the first bulleted item above. Provide plenty of “outside” time, even if the weather’s bad.
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  • Motorcycle accident lawyers says:

    I recently lost my dog in a divorce, but believe me, he was my best friend. I would take him anywhere I could, granted the temperature outside would allow. I think that’s all he really wanted was to be with me all the time, and be my friend. Dogs are so great!

  • Razzle says:

    Well, I have to agree with 99% of this article. However, a dog does not want to stop and sniff any chance they get. A dog in a pack, wishes not to lead, but to follow. Your best friend would prefer not to deal with the stress of being in charge of that walk, nor do they want the stress of protecting their pack members. You being the leader of the walk allows your pup to relax, and get the physical and mental exercise they desire. People often forget that a dog is a dog, and not a human, and so they think that their dog wants what they would want.

  • Jillluvspugs says:

    This is a great article! Thanks for posting this. Your website is full of helpful information for pet owners that want to be responsible and humane (that’s what we should strive to be).

  • Sarah says:

    To Ani, I know Peta is against ‘pets’ and I also agree them and why they are. However, I also know ‘farmcats’ only live around two years; with that said a wild cat or dog would probably live the same amount of time. I think it is best for us to have companion animals not pets like the companion in your life sort of spending time with them taking good care of them. But it would be much nicer if humans didn’t hurt them and breed them.
    I’d also like to say if all companion animals were wild they wouldn’t have veterinary care. To conclude animals who are wild would not have all that we provide but they also would not have the freedom of a wild animal.

  • Mark says:

    Nice, but dogs often prefer “old” water when fresh is available, even stagnant ponds, and it doesn’t seem to cause them any problems. Also, dogs can go for very long periods without “bathroom breaks” as you coyly call them without suffering, as witnessed by all the times I open the door for my dog in the morning, but he hangs around waiting for me instead.

  • LizMD says:

    This is a really great reminder. Not even JUST for dogs, also a reminder that cats need similar attention.

  • lauriebs says:

    good article! another cause i know peta support: down with puppy mills! be careful around the holidays!

  • Ani says:

    Wow…you people all seem pretty uneducated. You know PETA is AGAINST having pets in the first place, right? Yep, that’s right. If it were up to them, no one would have any pets whatsoever. Don’t believe me? This is directly from their website:

    “We believe that it would have been in the animals’ best interests if the institution of “pet keeping”—i.e., breeding animals to be kept and regarded as “pets”—never existed.”


  • WinterT says:

    Very beautiful article! Thank you.

  • Jennifer says:

    Where I go, my dog goes. But, there are times (especially after work) when I do the “rush walk”…I have to make myself slow down!!! But, I think even with that kind of fault, Eli forgives me…after all, he sleeps with me, goes where I go (except work) and gets so spoiled every other way! LOL

  • Keri says:

    I love this. I make sure I spend as much time with my girl as I can! Even if its late after a long day of work I will chase her around the house, ingaging her in play time. I also have a dog walker that comes for an hour everyday while im working, and when im off on the weekends she comes with me just about everywhere. She is my child. And should be treated as so.