There Argos lay, all covered in ticks. Noticing that Odysseus was approaching, he flattered him with his tail and dropped both ears, but he was no longer able to go out to meet his master, and when he saw him, he wiped away a tear that he easily managed to hide…The Odyssey
On July 21, World Dog Day has been celebrated since 2004. It is not an official celebration or holiday, but various civil associations, including the WHO (World Health Organization), have scheduled this date in order to raise awareness about the immense number of dogs that are abandoned or waiting to be adopted. It is claimed, according to world statistics, that up to 70% of the dog population is homeless.
Its origin is unknown, but it is believed that the month of July was chosen because it is when there is a greater rise in the population of dogs abandoned on the street or in shelters. Many puppies are given as Christmas gifts and after a few months, they grow up and have new needs such as walks, cleaning, and veterinary care people can no longer keep these animals so they throw them out on the street. Having a pet is a great responsibility for your whole life.
Various factors influence the lack of homes for dogs and it has to do with the absence of people to take care of them, for example, mass death after the Covid-19 pandemic or other diseases, natural disasters, or recent wars. We have heard stories of how some dogs accompany their people to their graves and remain there for a long time without moving or waiting at the door of their houses until the impossible return of those who cared for them. Some of these pets died minutes or days after their people.
Today in big cities there is a preference for having dogs. People walk the streets with one or more straps in their hands. There are fewer and fewer strollers for babies or those under 15 years of age and more and more puppies playing in the parks. Also noteworthy is the increase in trade related to products for canine consumption such as toys, sweaters, clothing, blankets, treats, etc. Nutrition experts offer increasingly better foods with additional supplements that increase the health and prolong the life of pets.
Another sector that is growing is that of pet funerals since the pain of the absence of this four-legged loved one who accompanied a family for several years deserves a farewell ceremony. But when it is the person who dies, the situation is different, the fate of the puppies is uncertain and according to experts, they suffer trauma just like humans and also present symptoms of anxiety and sadness.
We echo the pet adoption campaigns that have been abandoned for various reasons. Having such faithful and close company nearby while improving your life is an uplifting task. There are many organizations nearby and accessible through the internet, if you want to have a friend of this type, do not hesitate to approach them.
At Del Pueblo Funeral Home, we come together to honor the dogs that help sick people, blind people, those who rescue victims of destroyed buildings after earthquakes and wars, or those who contribute day by day to citizen security. We believe that the bond between people and pets is special and unique, because it is full of learning, according to those who have experienced it, and it connects us with the experience of living in harmony with all the beings of nature in their diversity, that is why we remember that we make the most difficult moments easy.