About A Dog
Good Dog Story is a central hub about dogs for pet owners and enthusiasts who not only want to improve relationships with their own animals, but also enhance the quality of life for dogs across the world. You won’t find a more dedicated source about a dog anywhere.
Launched in 2015 as a community to not only spread awareness about animal mistreatment, neglect and cruelty across America, but also to inform readers of training and behavior principles, Good Dog Story is a quickly growing collective of Canine enthusiasts throughout the globe.
OK, boring stuff aside….
Why do I write about a dog?
First and foremost, animal behavior is my passion. Over fifteen years I have spent studying and researching Canine Sociology; there is no greater joy to be had.
But why write about a dog instead of acting, you ask. Well, in fact I have volunteered for shelters in the past, fostered and currently parent my own little rescue (I even wrote a story about him). Yes, this guy has seen it all- happy reunions, life saving adoptions, even the occasional paw covered feces smear on clothes. In any case, I do volunteer and foster still.
For a very long time I have searched about, endlessly delving through books, studies and lectures. After all this effort, what mind blowing, end all final solution was I to arrive at? You guessed it- writing. I write this blog in the hopes that it will have an impact. If even just one animal is adopted due to my articles, if I can influence one person to give a shelter dog or cat the tremendous joy of finding a pack again (sorry cats- a ‘parent’ for you), a loving family, all the endless hours spent staring at my computer screen would have been worth it.
But hey- why settle for just one? I want to improve the lives of hundreds, even thousands of dogs and cats!
So- back to the original question; why sit and write versus venture out and actively contribute? Sure, I would most certainly be able to help a few dogs and cats that way.
However, I’m now able to crawl inside the heads of hundreds of people daily this way! Considering ‘Sad Dog Story’ is still in ‘toddler’ stage- that should soon become tens of thousands. How many animals are thus saved trickles down to the equivalent of adds on a page (of which I have none; no money has been made off of this blog)- enough people scroll over it, and eventually someone is going to click and buy.
Why Marketing About a Dog?
Having spent endless hours pouring over HTML and CSS code (yes, I forced myself to endure coding principles, Legos with words, for the sole sake of improving internet reach), learning Google’s mysterious Search Engine Optimization, not to mention working on my full time marketing major, I am now able to spread ideas throughout nearly every country in the world (internet accessible anyway) on a daily basis. Who doesn’t like hearing about a dog?
Having spent perhaps even more time reading about marketing techniques, social media, advertising, search engine optimization, and anything else marketing related than Canine psychology itself, I sometimes wonder why I am out out there running my own consulting firm, as opposed to writing about dogs. Indeed, I will need to start pulling in an income sooner than later; no matter how good my intentions, simply writing about a dog does not pay the bills. I am somewhat morally against posting ads/ affiliate marketing on this website, not when so many millions of animals are casually euthanized (what a polite word for it) in America alone.
What I have noticed while writing about a dog – and this delves into the human psyche somewhat- the average American is interested in making money more than anything else. Everyone is looking for a way to ‘get rich’ quickly, but few want to put in the effort most actual wealthy entrepreneurs did to get there. Yes, people are greedy by nature; it is no big surprise.
Anyway, also having studied a great deal of advertising- I quickly noticed taking advantage of this base desire is a strategy every good marketer in the world uses (well, every good one concerned with making money themselves). Usually, as long as the author maintains healthy English skills, blogs dealing with marketing quickly excel. Again, people want to read about how to make money easily. If you are convincing, anyone can make anything sound incredible on paper.
‘Making the sale’ on paper is leagues easier than in person, and you can ‘sell said product’ to thousands of people simultaneously.
Writing About a Dog – the Point
Sure, I could amass tens of thousands of unique viewers a day, countless subscribers, and many of them would undoubtedly buy the products I advertise and make me a lot of money- if I were to market to the ‘I want to get rich’ demographic and write about making money. Hell, everyone needs an income; I may very well decide to start a marketing blog on the side.
In the end, someone needs to market for the animals, the multi- millions of dogs and cats that are destroyed (a much more accurate word then ‘euthanize’) annually. These animals are depending on us, and we are consistently failing them. The fact is: humans interfered with a natural balance many years ago; what we are doing is no better then Hitler’s eugenics. Even worse- it is widely accepted throughout not only America, but the world; It is sick.
At first, so long ago no one alive today existed at the time, we selectively bred dogs for one purpose- to make our working lives easier. Of course, people soon caught on to the fact that dogs are very versatile and extremely intelligent; they can be bred for nearly anything a mind can conceive. Indeed, this is the best suited species on earth to serve our needs, other than other humans (an idea which we of course implemented thoroughly throughout the majority of human history).
It may be a difficult concept to entertain, but the role of the common ‘slave’ has very smoothly and quietly shifted from humans to dogs. After all, what else would you consider a creature whose sole purpose is to produce offspring, thus making money for the owner? An animal who sits in a small, painfully wired cage day in and day out, never allowed to run free, to socialize; an animal so visually hideous and disfigured from a long history of inbreeding?
Sure the average pet owner is kind to the dogs they care for, but these are not the average dogs; the average dog occupies the over-crowded cage within dirty confines of some large dog breeder; popularly termed ‘puppy mill’. Most of them are not afforded any kind of health care, though that is the law. Most do not live full lives; even if they aren’t ‘euthanized’ or simply destroyed by the mill operator once conception is no longer possible, they are likely going to die young of sickness and disease.
Consider this- the human life expectancy more than doubled since our early history, and continues to rise with the advent of modern health progression.
Words From a Businessman
The average mill operator could care less about a dog itself; he is running a profit driven business. The dogs themselves are nothing more then product. Health care costs money, and often isn’t necessary for an animal to produce; the wise profit oriented businessman finds ways to cut costs wherever possible. Is this businessman going to continue to provide food and shelter for an animal that can no longer be sold, no longer produce offspring or work? No, the ‘wise’ businessman gets rid of these needless expenses, which- in a surprisingly large amount of cases, equivalates to a bullet in the back of the head.
Even the ‘humane’ version, euthanasia at the end of a syringe, is no better then painless murder. Unfortunately, it has become a very necessary murder; if the lives of these countless animals (often completely healthy, non- aggressive animals) were not prematurely ceased, they would continue to multiply over the already staggering population, and the average dog would quickly become the diseased dog. Strays would be everywhere, attacks would become commonplace (make sure you read my definition below), and our country would be a different place.
How do I know this? I have observed the exact occurrence in countless third world countries throughout the globe.
The Reason Why Dogs Retaliate
keep in mind, these ‘attacks’ are either initiated by humans, or as a result of human ignorance and misunderstanding; no mentally healthy dog on the face of this earth attacks because simple violence brings them pleasure. Sadly, where as people are very capable of understanding the ‘dog’ decision making process, most don’t care to take the time. Dogs are not, and never will be able to, understand our vast intellectualism and varied decision making; it is far beyond their comprehension.
To put it clearly, an aggressive dog usually either specifically trained by humans to be aggressive, reacting in defense or protection of property it feels is ‘his territory’, in specific insecure driven self-defense, trying to obtain nourishment, etc.
Let me pose a question to you, on the side. Is the police officer/servicemen morally correct in his obligation to promptly shoot and kill any possibly aggressive animal without a seconds hesitation, upon entering/raiding a potentially hostile area? Given that the dog presents an obstacle, thus slowing the operation down? The culprits may get away, or could even harm said officers, if the aggressive animal wasn’t eliminated from the equation. However, is it right to take the life of the animal, considering it is reacting very naturally in the only way it knows how? Huh; quite a pickle.
Let me tell you, having served myself, I know the lengths those in power are willing to go to accomplish their goals; this scenario I presented, where is isn’t standard operating procedure everywhere, is more common than you may think. This is indeed often standard training for those equipped to deal with the more dangerous and influential situations.
My Point About A Dog
Let me end this; I feel I am ranting. The point I am trying to make- dogs are by and large considered substandard property, often pawns to be moved on the economic chessboard. Throughout all my endless hours of research, I have landed upon one final conclusion- and it is staggering.
These terrible conditions are allowed, even encouraged, by those in power, the people who control where our economy goes from behind the scenes, those who stand to gain the most. The silent millionaires. The painful fact is, the massive pet industry has become so tied into the health of our economy, if these dog breeders were to stop – it would be the equivalent of the automotive industry failing (which it nearly did). Our economy would fail. Even raiding a mill costs more money then most politicians are willing to allocate freely.
Think about this before passing judgement; gigantic pet stores, pet related toy and accessory producers, many veterinarians and animal hospitals, to just name a few- though some indirectly, they all rely on the health of the pet industry as a whole. Our country can’t go back to the practices commonplace early in our history.
This industry will provide an estimated worth of 60.5 Billion dollars, or did, in 2015. Ok, so let me alter my statement; if our president saw it fit to make sacrifices in the enormous Department of Defense budget (which, of course, won’t happen) we could afford the hit.
Consider how quickly it has grown in just a few years, comparing that to 17 Billion in 1994.