Sunday, November 23, 2008

Our Neighbour's Dog

Our next door neighbour got a new dog a few weeks ago. Before this she already had one dog but it was pretty well behaved and seldom barked but this new dog was kind of high strung. It barked quite a bit. Then we realized that our neighbour had decided to get the new dog de-barked. Have you heard of this operation? It's a bit disturbing to me. The dog still barks but it kind of sounds like it's been chain smoking for 25 years. It's really wheezy and creepy. I'd never heard of this operation before we moved here but Matt has received essays from students about dogs in apartments and the necessity for this proceedure. What do my readers think about it?

8 comments:

eddie said...

Since I was a veterinary technician for all those years, I know about the procedure. We refused to perform it in most cases, because it really is cruel.

Koreans are novices at pet ownership, so it's not surprising to see operations like this gaining popularity. Unfortunately, removing unwanted parts of your pet isn't the way to go. It's the owners that need more education about training their pets and learning how to avoid behavioral problems.

Poor dog...when the debark doesn't stop the dog from acting out, what does the owner remove next? Eventually, if the owner can't come to grips with the dog's behavior (a result of the owner's neglect), the may feel they have to "give up" the dog or have it euthanized. Sad.

galfriday said...

I agree with Eddie (minus the technical side of it!). Have heard of it, but have always thought it was cruel.

Kirsty Bryce said...

I definitely wouldn't do it. Train/socialize your dog properly and it shouldn't be an issue.

*M* said...

cripes- i felt bad enough getting Nora fixed. i even bought her a big cushy pillow to lie on while she convalesced.

it's a bit of a shocking idea to say the least. it also makes me really sad.

ambearo said...

Yeah this is basically how I feel. Thanks for the technical insight Eddie. In general people seem to treat animals pretty poorly in Korea. Most of the zoos are quite sad and so it also doesn't surprise me that people are debarking their dogs. If you don't have time and energy for a pet, you shouldn't get one. I think this also applies to plants, children and video game systems. Hahaha.

Anonymous said...

Poor puppy!!
Stephie

Kirsty Bryce said...

My poor xbox is withering up from lack of attention.

Bybee said...

They seem to see pets as animate dolls or toys...I shudder when I see little shoes on a dog...it looks uncomfortable. De-barking is unacceptable.