Country Living

"All too often we hear "We don't need a fence because we live in the country and have acreage for the dog to run on." I am continually telling people that dogs don't understand property boundaries unless that boundary is fenced. Dogs will cross onto someone else's land if left to roam loose, and neighbors may be unhappy about that.

"Many of the dogs that we rescue as strays in the country have bullets or pellets in them. Quite a few have been hit by cars or have other injuries from roaming loose. It is extremely important for dogs in the country to be contained in their yards, just like city or suburban dogs. We are no longer living in the days of Lassie when a dog could roam the country side without harm" (Kris Steiner. Email. Dog Fancy, May 2004: 7).

Colby Glass, MLIS