Dog-in-the-woods update

I asked a question yesterday, and I meant it as a question: why do people do this?

I think we’re getting closer to an answer.

We heard the dog barking again today on our walk. We had food and water. As we got close to the brushy area of the dog, I veered off, hoping — ridiculously — the the six dogs of our entourage might follow. Of course they didn’t, so I went to see what Syd had found.

The dog had been moved. Chained to a different tree, 15-20 meters away.

The big bowl was there, again overturned. Syd rinsed it out and filled it with water, and left a “disposable” (I know…) plastic container with food. The dog barked the whole time. Our dogs were not really a problem. But look at this picture:


Note that I can’t get close enough to get an image of the dog (close in to center, white paws at 1 o’clock), nor Syd, nor Jordan (black dog). In other words, the dog — in addition to being moved — is more hidden.

Of course, the dog totally betrays his position by barking, but he also barks defensively the whole time Syd provides food and water.

So, what to make of this? Mariana the Vet informs that this looks like a temporary arrangement. Family visiting for Easter (sorry, the secular Semana de Turimso — Tourism Week), building a fence, construction, whatever: needing a dog out of the immediate space for a limited amount of time. Not wonderful, but not bad. Not cared for as you or I might like, but not left to die.

Of course, time will tell. But, as I said yesterday, I am not in a rush to judgment. Hopefully, it’s all a non-event: some people parked their dog in the woods — horrible as you might think that — because they needed the dog to not be in their space for a bit.

Ya veremos. With time we will see.

And we will be watching.

5 Replies to “Dog-in-the-woods update”

  1. Whatever the outcome will be, I am not as patient as you guys are.
    This is in my eyes an unacceptable behavior, to leave a dog like this.
    Whatever the excuse will be.
    There can always be a better way, if one really cares.

    “They” are careless and heartless, egoistic buggers !! THAT’S WHY !!
    And, since in Uruguay animal cruelty is not fined – “they” can do what “they” want.

    In my opinion one should do the same with those “bastards”, chaining
    them lonely, off the family, far away in the bush. No shelter, nothing –
    a rainy thunder stormy weekend is coming up.

    I bet, the dog owners will sit dry and celebrate their Easter week,
    SEMANA SANTA ( hello ?? ).
    I wish I could get my fists on them !!!

    Anyway – THANKS Syd and Doug for caring and watching the situation.

    1. You nailed it: “if one really cares.” To care, you need compassion. To have compassion, you need to be conscious. One can’t legislate consciousness, nor is anger a solution to ignorance. A first step, perhaps, a trigger.

      It comes down to education, and waking people up from their mostly-unconscious state. I’m thinking of inquiring door-to-door in the nearest houses. Perhaps the whole neighborhood knowing will inspire some shame.

  2. Thank you for watching. I live in el Pinar and suffer daily seeing how neighbours treat their dogs.

    1. How to educate people? When we lived in Mexico, there was an idea to put together a video for children — because that’s where it has to start. Unfortunately nothing came of it.

  3. Doug, that’s a good idea. Now there are “native language” teachers who teach at Plan Ceibal and ALL uruguayn high school students interact with them weekly… and they can make their own materials… maybe something could be created which would be both ‘upbeat’ and informative. Those of us teaching from teh USA, Canada etc. might get on the bandwagon and help spread the word…maybe a fictional account of a heroic local teen finding and saving a dog or something…

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