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Dogs in Poland - why do we keep them?


Anja  
27 Nov 2006 /  #1
Poland is known for its love for pets. Historically, we have always been devoted to horses and dogs; nowadays, plenty of people keep dogs and cats as their beloved pets. Almost in half of Polish households there may be found a dog and nearly one third has at least one cat. The greatest number of dogs is held by people of lower social status.

However, the Poles’ attitude towards dogs is not explicit. On one hand, dogs are considered to be our friends, but on the other we get plenty of information on abandoned pets and difficult financial situation of animal shelters. The greatest number of dogs can be found in the country; over 70% of farm households keep dogs. The animals are primarily kept there for reasons different from those of the city dwellers. Country dogs are to protect and maintain certain order in a household. They usually stay outdoors in doghouses and are very often chained. Sometimes they run loose or play the role of simple family pets, just as their city cousins. There is also a number of hunting dogs’ breeds, which are seen by some as superior to other pets. The role they are to perform is crucial during hunting: they chase, trail, and fetch small game and assist humans with their activities.

In the Polish cities dogs are kept in around 1/3 of homes. City dogs are mainly our pets; more and more people of higher social status tend to purchase new and quite exotic, hence expensive, dogs’ breeds. They buy special food for animals, funny gadgets, and even toys; they pay regular visits to the vet and sometimes treat their pet with such much affection that they seem not to be able to elicit towards any human being. Some people “specialize” in some special breeds such as sled dogs, Dutch hounds, Pekinese or solely in mongrels.

And everything would seem fine if not for one important problem: the issue of dogs’ droppings. We do love our dogs, but at the same time in general we are very reluctant to clear after our beloved ones. Until recently, there was no law regulation imposing the requirement of cleaning any public space off dogs’ droppings on the owner in Poland. At present, the regulations have been amended and now it is forbidden by law, and treated as an offence, to lead a dog without a leash or a muzzle and to leave dirt. As usually in Poland, regulations live their own life, and people very slowly change their bad habits. This law is poorly reinforced and until the situation changes we are bound to put up with dirty streets, parks, and squares.

There are also a number of people who treat dogs as toys; they buy them just because a given breed has become trendy in Poland and might serve as a sign of their social and financial status; later on they get bored with their pet and very often such an animal finds itself handed over to animal shelter. On the other hand there are also people who really care about animals and their rights; volunteers and organizations which help abandoned pets and struggle to provide better living conditions for them. From time to time public auctions are organized where one might buy a dog from a shelter. Sometimes we might watch a public advertisement of some campaign supporting animals’ right on TV.

The most important thing, however, is to revise and change our attitude towards our pets – not only those living in Poland. To treat them as living creatures, with responsibility and respect in order to fully enjoy the pleasure and affection they give back.

Anja



krysia 23 | 3,057  
29 Nov 2006 /  #2
Amen to that!
jasiu  
30 Nov 2006 /  #3
The most important thing, however, is to revise and change our attitude towards our pets – not only those living in Poland. To treat them as living creatures, with responsibility and respect in order to fully enjoy the pleasure and affection they give back.

next year, 2007, is the bi - centinary of the abolishon of slavery... and blair is finally acknowledging shame and sorrow for the role the uk played in the abominable trade...

it took centuries for our society to recognise and act out against the exploitation of our fellow man... how much longer must we wait until the same can be said for animals... living creatures, worthy of our respect... not our exploitation
Amathyst 19 | 2,702  
18 Dec 2006 /  #4
next year, 2007, is the bi - centinary of the abolishon of slavery... and blair is finally acknowledging shame and sorrow for the role the uk played in the abominable trade...

Read your god damn history before you start putting the British down, I personally dont think he has anything to apologise for, it was a long time ago.

History Lesson for you

The European countries involved in the Transatlantic Slave Trade spanned the whole range of European powers who sought imperial or trading expansion in the Atlantic, beginning with the Spanish and Portuguese, later the Dutch, and finally the French and the British.

He would do better apologising to the Native Americans and the Aboriginies....
Wroclaw 44 | 5,386  
18 Dec 2006 /  #5
I must be of very low social status because I have two dogs.

Thanks for putting me in my place, Anja.

And if I didn't treat them with respect what would be the point in paying for their food, or indeed keeping them at all.
BubbaWoo 33 | 3,510  
18 Dec 2006 /  #6
Read your god damn history before you start putting the British down

and why dont you read what i wrote, ama... with your extra large noise... sheesh...
maureen  
28 Aug 2008 /  #7
Could you please tell me if you have animal rescue like the RSPCA in England I am moving to Poland shortly deep south near Sanok and would like to have two dogs that need a good home I have tried finding info on the internet but as yet no joy
Switezianka - | 463  
28 Aug 2008 /  #8
Could you please tell me if you have animal rescue like the RSPCA in England

I wish we had...

This law is poorly reinforced and until the situation changes we are bound to put up with dirty streets, parks, and squares.

Each time some kids see me cleaning after my dog, they laugh at me or insult me. There are little trash bins in my neighbourhood, so each time I walk my dog, I end up carrying the poo in a bag for long distance. It's not just weak reinforcement of the law.
Foreigner4 12 | 1,769  
28 Aug 2008 /  #9
Switezianka

Bless you. At least there's one responsible owner in this country who has enough pride in where she lives to actually keep it clean. Shame be on you filthy lot who don't!
McCoy 27 | 1,275  
28 Aug 2008 /  #10
fvckin dogs and fvckin dog owners. Somethimes I don't know is it Poland or Poo-land :/
sawesa 3 | 11  
5 Sep 2008 /  #11
Well, I'm moving to Poland with my doggies. Btw the problem about finding some place that allows dogs is the same than in Madrid, but I think I finally got it.

It's our responsability (owners) to keep streets clean... I always do that and I will be very surprised if some kids insult me for doing that? no sense...
beckyinjozefow 1 | 27  
6 Sep 2008 /  #12
Could you please tell me if you have animal rescue like the RSPCA in England I am moving to Poland shortly deep south near Sanok and would like to have two dogs that need a good home I have tried finding info on the internet but as yet no joy

I know if you want a dog like a malamute, there were a couple on Allegro.pl for 1 zl. When you clicked on it, they just said that they were for adoption and not really buying. You were to contact that person. There are plenty of shelters for dogs and cats where you can adopt pets. They are called "schronisko". I'm not sure if that is what you are looking for.

schronisko.net

Just find the area you are interested in and click on it and you will find all kinds of dogs up for adoption.
melissa  
26 Sep 2008 /  #13
there is somthing where you can get a dog , which had a terrible past ex.was bitten , lived on the street or so , very hurt and sad but need a good home if some one is interested to take a dog from there this is:

tel.(022) 841 9743 email : fundacja@sfora.org.pl

hope this will work for those poor sad dogs
lol LISSI
Dane1  
14 Dec 2008 /  #14
Is it allowed by law to put your dog to sleep at home, or do you have to get it done by a veterinarian??
wildrover 98 | 4,451  
15 Dec 2008 /  #15
to put your dog to sleep at home

What do you mean..? shoot it...?
Seanus 15 | 19,706  
15 Dec 2008 /  #16
For exercise, for love and affection, for decency in caring, for extra responsibility and other reasons.
nola  
17 Sep 2009 /  #17
I've never been to Poland, but I find it hard to believe that a country that has recently joined the EU does not have laws that obligue dog owners to clean after their pets.
krysia 23 | 3,057  
17 Sep 2009 /  #18
it wouldn't work anyway. Poles never obey the laws
southern 75 | 7,096  
17 Sep 2009 /  #19
Dogs in Poland - why do we keep them?

To fight the cats.

Poles never obey the laws

And dogs do not know anything about the EU.
jwojcie 2 | 763  
17 Sep 2009 /  #20
does not have laws that obligue dog owners to clean after their pets

Off course there is such law... but who cares ? ;-) Problem is that municipal police almost never gives tickets to dog owners...
Juche 9 | 292  
17 Sep 2009 /  #21
And everything would seem fine if not for one important problem: the issue of dogs’ droppings.

also curious is why Poles refuse to muzzle and leash their grumpy mutts when walking them in crowded urban environments...
Seanus 15 | 19,706  
17 Sep 2009 /  #22
Amongst some people, it's to give some cowards a sense of strength, something they can't find within themselves. Let's intimidate some people with a Rottweiler or Dobermann, see how manly we are as potato/egg-headed losers without a cause.

How disrespectful to animals!!
wildrover 98 | 4,451  
20 Sep 2009 /  #23
Do you still get that sort of thing on council estates in the UK...guys walking around in cheap shell suits looking like they have an invisible roll of carpet under their arms , and hanging onto some pitbull type dog....er yus , i am not hard , but my dog will rip your liver out.....hee hee...
blueboy 2 | 34  
20 Sep 2009 /  #24
Only been in Warsaw for 1 day and have to say that I've never seen so many bins on the street dedicated to dog poo. I have never seen dedicated dog poo bins in any other European city.
segan  
20 Sep 2009 /  #25
dogs in poland are too much and constitute a menace..
i think most of them should be shipped to china and africa where they could be used for a nice each of meal..protien is are expensive there dog meat will help out..

too much dogs in poland shiting all over the streets and some polish people abuse their pets why keep them or kill them with injections where u feel that u cant take care of them send them to where they have value....
Seanus 15 | 19,706  
20 Sep 2009 /  #26
They are a menace is irresponsible owners let them be. Maybe you should be shipped off there instead, one less idiot.

Eh, the idea is to pick the turd up. Dogs can't use toilets, deal with it!

Dogs are loved as pets by many here so why don't you jump from a high bridge!!?
segan  
23 Sep 2009 /  #27
seanus
u are a dumb ass that need to be shipped to Africa to save the dogs from their woe..
creep~!
frd 7 | 1,399  
23 Sep 2009 /  #28
It's the worse time of year, when snow is thawing away and all the stink and sight comes out. Lots of irresponsible owners who are letting their dogs to run around freely ( especially those little ones like Yorkshire Terrier ). When I'm walking my german shepard dog and those little midgets are running around attacking him, it's really hard to keep him away from them then...

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