Porky and Buddy Pet Health – Why Do Dogs Need Shelter?

Porky and Buddy

Dear Porky and Buddy,
Last week, you talked again about shelters for dogs left outdoors and I have no problem with that for most dogs. But my dog, Bubba, is a Siberian Husky and even if he had a dog house he wouldn’t go in it. Seriously. That breed came from Siberia! He likes being outside in the coldest weather we get. In fact the only time he seems to like being indoors is in the summer when it’s really hot out and then he finds the coolest spot in the house with air conditioning. So why should I be forced to have a shelter for him when he absolutely doesn’t need it.

Dear John,

OK. You have to have a shelter for him because New York State Law says you do.

You have to have a shelter for him because he needs it in the summer.

You have to have shelter for him because cold is not the only issue.

Freezing rain is an issue.

Hail is an issue. Wind is an issue. The statute refers to “inclement”weather.

Those are all inclement.

Look at it this way.

You sound like a big tough guy.

Let’s assume you go outside to play with Bubba and it’s 10 degrees, the way it was this morning, and with gusty winds.

Wind chill 20 below.

You have on your Eddie Bauer parka, your insulated boots, your ice fishing pants, your very thick gloves and one of those ski mask things that just has holes for your eyes.

After fifteen minutes you’re freezing.  So is Bubba.

If it’s too (how shall we say this?) “darned” cold for you, it’s too “darned” cold for Bubba.

He will choose to go into his house, provided it’s there, of course, when he needs to.

But it has to be there.

So put one there.

You don’t have to snuggle up in bed with him, but he’s your best friend, right?

So why take the chance that you are putting him in harm’s way, when all you need to do is provide him with a nice comfy house that he can use if he needs it.

Paint it with a camouflage pattern if that will make you feel better.

Put a sign over the door with his name on it.

It will be the talk of the neighborhood.

Bubba will be safe.

The Oswego County Humane Society provides spay/neuter services and assistance, fostering and adoption of animals in urgent need, humane education programs, and information and referrals to animal lovers throughout Oswego County.

Located at 110 W. Second St., Oswego, NY.

Phone: (315) 207-1070.

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Website: www.oswegohumane.org

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