Spotted today, this advert seems to suggest that a puppy (bearing in mind the timing) would make a perfect Christmas gift.
What the advert says, we hope, is that the puppies are free – a gift of sorts. If so, at least someone is finding them a home. But let’s hope someone doesn’t give one to a child, if its only purpose is to entertain them for a week or two.
We both grew up on advertisements saying: ‘A dog is for life, not just for Christmas‘ – a slogan created in 1978 by Clarissa Baldwin, then head of PR but now the CEO of the Dogs Trust in the UK.
Órgiva is full of dogs. Puppies appear as if on an airport baggage carousel. We see dogs that are chained up, or roaming, unloved.
We’ve even heard there’s a man who shoots dogs that bark too much at night near his home (try doing that in southeast London, big boy).
Of course, many are looked after and part of the family, but some are ‘working dogs’ raised to be aggressive towards people and bark when they come near – guard dogs outside homes with nothing worth stealing. And when they have no useful purpose, they’re booted out.
At the vet, someone brought in a dog who’d been beaten and abandoned. With little money, his friends had clubbed together to get it treatment.
A while back we climbed a fence to relieve a dog of a tangled chain around its neck. The dog couldn’t even bark it was so tight. It had no water either. We bought it a proper collar, longer lead, some decent food and a whopping bone ( a Big Mac in the dog world). A tiny thing, but better than nothing. The bastard owner was probably a bit confused.
One day, we’ll pay them a visit.
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