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Man Tries to Drown His Shih-Tzu

"Police say Casey Purser became angry yesterday after one of his two dogs, a Shih Tzu named Toby, defecated on the carpet of his Van Nuys home. Police say he then threw the dog in a bathtub and attempted to drown it."

I just read this news story and it really made me wonder why people get dogs if they are afraid that the dog may do something on their carpet. Well, here's the reality check. Even if you bother training them (which some people don't...the dogs are simply expected to know that the carpet is valuable), your pets are still going to slip up from time to time. In the case of a Shih-Tzu, they will inadvertantly pee and poo on your floor or carpet if they are scared or highly stressed, and they will intentionally do their business in the house if you piss them off. In the latter case, when you catch them they will look at you as if to say "yea...so what are you going to do about it?".

The bottom line is that your Shih-Tzu, or any pet, is an animal. They do not understand our language, and the value of objects such as carpets, tables, couches and ornaments is completely foreign to them. If it has a nice texture, they will chew it. If it rolls, they will chase it. If it smashes into pieces, they'll play with it. If it tastes good, they will eat it. They are animals, pure and simple. So for those people who cannot handle the fact that your things may be less than perfect during the learning process and perhaps beyond, the answer is simple: don't get a dog.

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