Depression, Financial Crises – The Disappearance of Dogs
Fist of all: knock, knock, knock!
Knock on the wood, hoping things keep their way here.
For a few months already, not just days or weeks, something really strange is happening in my neighborhood. Eerie nights. Whole nights when you can sleep like if you were in heaven!
Yes, several nights in a row that you hear NO BARKING. Not a single bark. At all!
Seems that all mutts have vanished from the face of earth and normalcy came back, turning our times of sleep civilly again.
It seems unbelievable. You wake up in the middle of night and there is not a single dog barking. All night long!
And yes, before we start to delve into our most deep dreams, we could get to sleep WITHOUT any dog barking as well!
We may hear crickets, owls, other night birds, some cows (I live IN the city, a medium sized one)… but NO dogs.
Tell me I’m lucky.
Unfortunately I know I’m not lucky and am sure it will end some time soon. While that doesn’t happen, I enjoy my sleepy nights.
Some times, when I wake up to go to the washroom, I just return to bed and try to remain awake for a few minutes more just to listen to… the sound of silence!
Feel things are better than that.
Before I continue, I must say that when I mentioned the disappearance of dogs, I meant mostly the cessation of their barking, specially at night. But many dogs really vanished, literally.
Just counting my neighbors, immediate and no so immediate, at least about one in five of them do not have a dog anymore. Those dogs simply vanished.
And don’t be fooled by the numbers. Just one in five is already a lot of dogs.
Now you can walk around this neighborhood and not be bothered (so much) by the previous high numbers of barkers and ‘chargers’ behind fences disturbing you and your kids.
So, what happened?
Did Mr. Mad eliminated all the dogs in the neighborhood? Did dog lovers become civilized again (considering they were one day)? Dogs fled the city on their own? Did extraterrestrials captured them for research on the most obnoxious animal on Earth?
The only different thing that I can think of is the state of the economy. The financial crises here.
Lots of people lost their jobs, the real state market is frozen, businesses are closing the doors, and so on.
But there is one bright side: dogs are disappearing.
Since people now have less, much less available money, what they do? They cut expenses. And what is the most frivolous expense? A costly expense? A dog!
Even dog lovers are realizing that here.
Not just expenses with the animal itself but also all with related expenses like veterinarians fees, medication, licensing, litigations… and specially food, food, food.
“They don’t have a dog, I won’t have one either”
Here comes the herd effect. With fewer people having dogs, lower is the propensity for other people to have dogs. Another positive effect.
That may be happening, too.
Also, with all the increased silence and peace we get now, specially at night, people may start to realize how that is nice and pleasant. For both doggists and non-doggists. Hopefully doggists are getting a bit more responsible, out of their almost full irresponsibility. Hopefully non-doggists are not tolerating that insanity anymore.
Another cumulative effect, positive for all parties involved.
Dogs in residential and commercial areas
One awkward thing I noticed is that now a number of businesses downtown are placing an open card box outside with water and food for strays and lose dogs, together with a small sign saying something like “Food and water for dogs. Please help us feed them.”
Disgusting, and obviously I don’t shop there. Nor now, nor ever.
Back in my residential area, we do Not see many lose or stray dogs. They are simply not here. They are quite rare, actually.
Lucky me. Lucky us!
Detroit and Venezuela – Heaven for dog lovers?
My city is Not in a dire state like other places, for example the city of Detroit or the Venezuelan country.
In Detroit, there are droves of dogs roaming the streets fighting for any thing they could eat, making them even more dangerous than they already are.
This article from Bloomberg tells more.
There, as many as 50,000 stray dogs are roaming the city in packs, with dens of dogs — as many as 20 — taking over many of the boarded-up, abandoned homes in that bankrupt city.
How did the situation get so bad? Well, people who move often leave behind dogs, hoping the neighbors will take care of them. The dogs then take to the streets and reproduce — and find they have the city to themselves.
Dogs are not vaccinated or spayed though. Diseases contaminate humans, dogs procreate logarithmically, and the cycle worsens by the day.
Fortunately , in my city they are neutered, even though with our tax money. Ah, and some are ‘sacrificed’ as well, for ‘free’, by the city.
And in Venezuela?
The streets of the capital of Venezuela, Caracas, are filled with people killing animals for food – including dogs – to ease their hunger.
When they are lucky and find some processed dog food, that is what they eat.
Various regions of the country are seeing widespread looting of shopping malls, pharmacies, supermarkets and food trucks, all while people chanted “we are hungry.”
Just imagine that happening in the USA where people give human food to dogs? Better not think about that.
Or perhaps, yes, we should think. I’m sure a number of doggists would prefer to starve than to let their mutts get hungry. At least in a first moment. This is a crazy world anyway.
So, what about you?
If you are not living in a place with any kind of crisis, be it a financial crises, housing crises, oil crises, employment crises… good for you, but you may still have lots of dog problems around.
If that is true, than my theory is right.
And no, I have never been to Venezuela or even Detroit, even though some times I could observe the GM building from across the river.
As a last note, in the first phrase of this article I wrote that “I hope things keep their way here. ” That means the silence and peace, exclusively that. I have friends who lost their jobs, acquaintances closed their businesses, so that I’m not comfortable with that part.
I don’t want crises, I expect peace, and silence.
I can not do anything for the crises, but I can fight for and enjoy my well being. While it lasts.
Question for dog lovers
I finish with a question for the dog lovers: