Yes, V is for Vagrant. May I tell you that I’m getting weary? The A to Z Challenge? Probably because X and Z are next week and I fear them. But Vagrant – another way to say homeless or wanderer. Dictionary dot com says:
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Y’all know where I’m going with this. We’re going to talk about the vagrants we willingly bring into our homes. Rescue dogs. Rescue cats. Shoot, rescue kids and teens. All known as fostering and adopting. So take a look at this hobo:
And this vagrant:
They cleaned up right nice. We brought these two vagrants into our home when they were three years old. Flash already had a police record. Yes, seriously.
I’m in love with the concept of fostering and adopting, both animals and humans. But I’m not married to that being the only way to acquire family. Having children the old fashioned way is nice, and purchasing a dog or cat from a responsible breeder is not a bad thing. But my heart goes out to … how did dictionary put it? Someone “wandering idly without a permanent home or employment; living in vagabondage: vagrant beggars.” I’ve been there myself, emotionally, and I hurt for lost children and animals. Look at the first “v” word there – vagabondage. It includes the word bondage. No one should live in bondage. Yet animals and children without loving homes DO live in bondage.
Being lost and wandering is not freedom for beings who cannot and should not yet be responsible for themselves. It’s bondage.
Consider bringing a vagrant dog or puppy into your home? Do your homework first. I frequently post about dog breeds here, whether or not they’d be the right dog for you, if you’d like to do a little research. Dog Breed Info is a great place to research, too. Here’s what they have to say about the number one cause of death in dogs:
[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]The number one cause of death in dogs today is euthanasia. A dog’s temperament is a direct result of its owner’s ability to understand him and give him what he instinctually needs as a canine animal. There are no bad dogs…just uneducated owners.[/quote]
It’s similar with children. People don’t know what to expect from a dog, from a breed, as a parent. We don’t know enough, or we have wrong expectations, and we discard and abuse rather than learn and love. Wrong notions bring about harm. So learn! Learn and bring love into your home.
Oh, and just so you know, one of the ways you can love on your formerly vagrant dog is to give it Jones Natural Chews. C’mon – you knew I was going to say that. Mostly because it’s TRUE. All natural, grown and made in the USA, mostly just meat and bones – Jones makes dogs smile. Especially dogs who’ve been eating whatever they can catch and scrounge. So make your dog smile, will ya?
Until I write again …