Dogs Disappear, People Sleep

Depression, Financial Crises – The Disappearance of Dogs

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Fist of all: knock, knock, knock!

Knock on the wood, hoping things keep their way here.

What way?

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!


Silent nights.

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.

In peace.

In silence.

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?

Ahn… no.

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?

Well, there Hungry Venezuelans Hunt Dogs, Cats, Pigeons as Food Runs Out

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:

Don’t you think this insane stupidity of dog worshipping has gone too far already, and that it is time to quit it?

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34 Responses to Dogs Disappear, People Sleep

  1. Kathy says:

    I like your thoughts, unfortunately we are in a place that does not seem to be affected by your crisis. Florida! More dogs in the neighborhood every week… and they have to have two dogs so human doesn’t have to entertain them, while they abandon them all day at their houses. Keep up the good work. We are suffering. We have been told around 40% of the houses in our gated Community have dogs.

    • MrMAD says:

      Thanks for the nice comment, Kathy.

      Your gated community may still have and be getting too many dogs but we can be almost sure that if the economic crises persists for long, or worsen, and that is a possbility by many specialists in this area, you may get rid of many of those barkers. Without doing anything.
      Sure that is not a good thing for humans but that’s all we can do.

    • MrMAD says:

      Kathy, I know of some people who told me that they ARE indeed seeing less dogs right there in Florida. Maybe not in your gated Community but your area really is getting less mutts.

      Hopefully very soon you will start to enjoy this trend too, fewer and fewer dogs, day by day.

  2. Great article. The sociology behind dog ownership I find very interesting.

    I wanted to write a series of articles on my blog about the rise (and fall) of dog culture in the US (and possibly other places).

    As you noted, dog worship is a definite fad. Fads always have a limited shelf life. While its tough to determine what the shelf life will be, it is a definite factor. They follow an arching, almost ballistic trajectory with a starting point, a peak, and an end point. We see fads in all kinds of things: Diets, music, clothing, architecture, etc… These fads can last from a couple of years to a century or more. Eventually, people get bored with the object of the fad and move on to something else.

    As you also noted, economics is always the 800 pound gorilla in the room. When a person’s income takes a hit, or if there is economic uncertainty, they are less likely to pursue frivolous lifestyle choices such as dog collecting.

    For these reasons, I believe that we are now past “peak Fido”.

    If you don’t mind, I may write more about this topic on my blog.

    • MrMAD says:

      “If you don’t mind, I may write more about this topic on my blog.”

      Go ahead! Publish it verbatim if you want. We need to spread the word.

      Hopefully we are getting past the “peak fido fad” as you say. Let’s pray? We seem to be the most vocal anti-dog preachers of the internet today…

      Thanks again!

      • I think part of what you / we are seeing is that many people have been duped by the dog culture. We’ve all been subject to heavy propaganda pushing the notion that all dogs are wonderful, everyone has to be a dog person, and that owning a dog (or 5) always creates a good outcome.

        Like all foolish ideologies, “dogism” clashes with reality. Rather than the Disney-esque cartoon dog they expected, the new dog owner winds up stuck with a destructive, loud crap machine. They do not have the wherewithal to properly train or control the dog, so it becomes a nuisance. They become socially isolated. The dog is a drain on their finances, time and other resources. It is not what they expected.

        So, the dynamic is, due to the above many people drop out of dog ownership entirely. They either bide their time until the dog dies, or dump it in the pound, but they remove themselves from the dog owning demographic. I remember reading somewhere (will post a link if I can find it) that the number of dog owners in the USA is declining. The number of dogs is not declining, but the number of owners is.

        • PeaceSeeker says:

          “It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.” ― Mark Twain.

          I don’t know about the US but here in Australia the numbers of dogs AND dog owners are visibly declining.

          Like this:
          “…the 2015 Pet Positive Score has shown that Australia is not as pet-friendly as we thought, as pet populations are unexpectedly on the decline. The Mars Petcare survey showed that the number of family cats has fallen by 200,000 and the number of family dogs has dropped by 100, 000 nationally over a 12 month period. In NSW, cat ownership has been reduced by 7.9 per cent to 642,000 cats while the number of pet dogs decreased by 1.2 per cent to 1.3 million.”

    • Drronnie says:

      Unfortunately in my country the fad is still rising and more and more people are owning dogs. I have a hard time in the dating world because most girls like dogs and i have no tolerance to dogs attitude which I tell on my dates and I get bad responses. How can people be so brainwahsed.

      Do we really need to wait for a crisis to end this dog nonsense?

      • MrMAD says:

        “Do we really need to wait for a crisis to end this dog nonsense?”

        In fact we will “need” way more than just a crisis, something of a huge proportion, like a world war or something. Dog lovers are completely brainwashed – and continue to be by all the tv, media, movies, stars, celebrities…- and only such kind of scenarios would make them , possibly, to focus on what is minimally important, like keeping their (human) family alive. Even though some would still keep their canine beasts.

    • MrMAD says:

      Local reports show a huge number of dogs being abandoned on local nature parks, so many that they are forming feral packs and attacking visitors And the wildlife there as well. You can even find those dogs on the middle of the inner roads to the point of having caused car accidents already. You can clearly see they were someone’s pet in the recent past. Those parks are areas with dense vegetation and tall trees, so a “nice” place to abandon a dog and get way, no one else noticing.

      Now I know where dogs are going to.

      (nice in a sense but several other serious problems will ensue very soon)

  3. Article posted. Thanks for the muse.

    One thing that brings bubbles to an end are countervailing forces. The larger culture may be turning against Fido.

    • MrMAD says:


      Great post AnimalUncontrol!

      People should all read it. There is more coming and I’m sure you will like them

      Right here:

    • MrMAD says:

      That article comes along your other great piece – the one that truly dissects our major problem, the lack of action by non-dog people:

      Free Rider Problem
      “I flat out, pointedly refuse to do anything useful but I will sit here and hurl insults at anyone who does!”

      I strongly recommend that everyone read it. And please tell your friends.

      • One of the countervailing (counter to Fido-ism) forces is that more and more people are coming off the sidelines.

        Even though I would criticize the “chickenhawks” and various wet noodles, I respected the fact that (in the past) standing up to the dog cult was VERY expensive in terms of political and social capital. In many cases, it might even be physically dangerous. Critiquing the cult of dog in even the slightest way was the kiss of death.

        Confronting a dog fanatic face to face is just awful. It’s literally a life changing experience. On top of that, we had a social paradigm where the larger population was brainwashed to love dogs unconditionally, and dismiss or even denigrate even the most logical critic of dogs or their owners. Again, the social and material costs had been VERY high.

        Today, I think those costs are lower. There are too many people out there with stories like ours, dog bite victims, and so forth. Today, more and more people will listen and you will not become a social pariah if you speak out against Fido.

  4. MrMAD says:

    Forgot to say:

    Outside my area, I’m not seeing so many dogs everywhere, like lose or strays, BUT, I now see MANY more dogs DEAD on state and coutryside roads. You can not travel more then let’s say 30 miles without seeing at least one dog dead on the side of the road, or even in the MIDDLE of dirt roads.

    Ah, and the presence of vultures flying along roads increased as well.

  5. KaD says:

    I believe it is for the most part a collapsing economy that is leading the trend toward less dog ownership-a good thing all around IMO. With the news media lying their assess off about the state of the economy it will take a while for people to realize it is NOT going to get better, ever. That and the fact that dogs live for quite a while means it will be maybe ten years before the peak effect of dog riddance starts to kick in.–tms–petwrldctnya-a20120822-20120822_1_pet-insurance-pet-ownership-pet-dogs

  6. MrMAD says:

    A comment from another site:

    “… I like animals. I admire them, but I have 3 kids and to me they are more valuable and greater than any pet out there, and if an animal gets in the middle of the road at night while I’m driving with my children….do you honestly think I’m going to screech to a halt or swerve to avoid hitting it? No sir, I’ll be driving back to that road the next morning to see how many people after me have ran its carcass over. It’s ok to love animals, but don’t over-do it.

    Sent by Rob Martin | 9:20 PM | 9-16-2008”

    Why I Hate Animal Lovers

    • KaD says:

      There’s a problem viewing that with Internet Browser so I copied the transcript:
      The last paragraph is especially telling:

      Wow. The dog thing is deep. And I knew that. Before I wrote a single word about the May 2 fatal dog mauling of Antoinette Brown, I already knew that our feelings about dogs – about pets in general – run deep in our hearts, because I know my own feelings do. They should.
      I have written that police should shoot loose-running vicious dogs, if that’s the only way to effectively stave off another horror like the death of Brown, and then later I upped the ante by saying we should poison them.
      In a Facebook comment, the sage and courageous Sharon Grigsby of The Dallas Morning News editorial page said she agreed with me about the need to do something effective, but she assumed the bit about shooting and poisoning dogs was just me being me, which I think means I couldn’t really mean what I said and was just being nuts.
      So, in reverse order, maybe yes, but definitely no. Maybe yes to nuts, if that helps. But, no, I wasn’t exaggerating for effect. I meant it.
      The question is not whether we love dogs. We do. I do. Most of the time I feel that my dogs are the only ones in my life who are my true intellectual peers, share my sense of humor or understand my grievances. They call me, “Boss,” and they refer to my wife as, “That lady.” I would be bereft without them.
      But I love Antoinette Brown way more. I know only bits and fragments of her life. She was 52 years old, a military veteran. She slept in an abandoned house and may have been a crack addict. She had an arrest record.
      She died May 9 when life support was removed. She had been in a medically induced coma since being admitted to a hospital. Her daughter Matisha Ward told Dallas City Council member Tiffini Young, “It was a very peaceful passing. She went down fighting … She is in a better place.”
      In other words, Brown was this wonder of wonders we call a human being, battling to stay alive and find rare solace in a brutal world. She was as great, as grand, as beautiful and significant and every bit as flawed as any head of state or movie star, because she was a human being.
      The city’s final report on her death said she was ripped apart as if by sharks while terrified neighbors cowered in their homes, hearing her screams but afraid to come to her rescue.
      In my treatment of this horror, I will admit to this much error: Maybe I did not say enough times that if there is any way other than shooting or poisoning vicious dogs to ensure that another person will never die this way, then, yes, of course, we should use those other methods.
      Shooting or poisoning dogs will be a horror, too, if we must do it, and obviously we want to spare the dogs’ lives and spare ourselves the horror if we can. I thought I said that enough times. Here’s one more.
      But I absolutely do not move one inch from what I have been saying about moral priorities. Our first commitment must be to human life and human dignity.
      A certain tone in some of the comments I have received really and truly gets under my skin. These commenters always start by telling me that the dogs in the Brown attack were not strays but were owned pets allowed to run loose. That’s true. The city report identified the owners as serial violators of the loose dog ordinance.
      So what?
      Next, the same commenters want to rant at me about irresponsible pet owners and the need for harsher punishment, always with a lot of colorful language about how stupid and vile some people are.
      OK. So what?
      Telling me that dogs get loose because people are stupid doesn’t tell me what to do with the dogs once they are loose and attacking human beings. And if the people who let them loose are stupid or immoral or feckless, then what good will a bunch of tough licensing rules and harsh fines do? These people won’t get the licenses, won’t pay the fines, won’t go to prison because we can’t afford to imprison people for dog violations, and they will continue to train their dogs to be vicious and then let them run loose.
      What do you want me to say? We should shoot the dog owners? Well, actually, let me ponder that one.
      Meanwhile, here is what I would like to hear from the most ardent defenders of dog liberty: When push comes to shove, when the dogs are loose and marauding, when all the other strategies have failed to contain them because at some point and limit those strategies must fail, when the dogs are circling the next Antoinette Brown, would you support shooting them to stop them?
      I won’t get a straight answer to that one from them. Know why? Because their real answer is no. They would allow the next Brown to go down in blood and torn flesh before they would shoot the dogs.
      This is not about love and respect for animals. This is about a corruption of love and respect for animals, a moral deformity that puts pets above people.
      Look deep into that phenomenon. Look without blinking. Do not turn away. What you will see at the very core of it is not love for animals but hatred for human beings. This mentality is not benign. It is actively malignant and morally wrong. That is what I meant to say then and what I still mean to say now.

  7. RE: The Shulze article.

    Indeed, if authorities will not crack down and solve the problem, then us trigger-happy peons must do so on our own.

    It is clear that the government has broken their side of the social contract. They now have a choice: Enforce the laws as per their position, or step aside and let the vigilantes do their job for them. If the V’s have to step in, then there is no need for government. The state is under an existential threat: Reject the will of dog foamers or lose everything.

    • John says:

      I’m sorry, sir, but I’m afraid that here in the Philipines the V’ers ALREADY took government’s place. There are so many dogs here, strays and loose pets, that the V’ers are like partners of the few public servants who still do their jobs well. You won’t believe the number of dead dogs we see every day on our sreets, some times more than a couple in a single day. Hope in your place it’s better than here.

      • As per the original post, things appear to be getting better in a lot of places (not everywhere, obviously).

        Dog owners are starting to fear retaliation. I’ve had a couple of them relate that to me directly. If they turn Fido loose or let him bark all night, there may be an intervention.

        The state can only run so much interference. They can’t be everywhere at once. When all is said and done, there is only so much protection they can and will offer Fido.

      • Roy says:

        The problem with barking dogs is so bad here, that if you apply for an online job, they do a barkign dog noise test. If they hear barking dogs you dont get a job.

    • MrMAD says:

      POliticians are afraid of losing votes, eg their job.

      Like I read in a related article, all because there is a “‘Vocal Minority’ against a ‘Silent Majority'”, so those politicians and such think the Vocals are the ones who give the shots.

      As I enjoy saying: “The worst thing a person can do is… nothing!” That’s why we seem to be losing this battle.

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