In my area of Riverside Park there are a lot of Stray dogs. These dogs are well fed, very few have limps or injuries and are generally non threatening although will bark at pet dogs. Most of those dogs have been spayed due to a few Ai Shin mother’s catching them and taking them off for spaying and then re-releasing them back into the same area.
Something I have been thinking about over the last few months is that these dogs actually seem extremely “happy”. They appear to have no skin diseases and relatively few injuries. I did launch a sort of mini campaign to stop the locals using gin traps in that part of the park “stop using those traps and we will stop complaining about you digging illegal gardens and placing the traps”. The amount of gin traps has subsided to almost non existent with the odd exception. Considering this I have come to the conclusion that these dogs are actually very happy and would not gain from being adopted. I have seen one particular dog for about two years that generally keeps to herself. She is very friendly, has no skin disease whatsoever, and is rippling with muscles. A dog I would have loved to have kept during my lurcher days back in the UK due to its explosive speed and agility witnessed when playing with pet dogs. Yah sure most people would like to see all these dogs off the streets and parks however that is not what I am asking here I am just curious as to what other people think on the question of “stray dog happiness” in this situation. After all being a stray in riverside park will result in you being well fed, relatively safe and most importantly free from life in a little cage or chain. Those dogs look very “content” indeed! Would they really be more contented being a pet than living this life of freedom? It seems that it aint a bad life! ( I am asking about dog contentment here not a human safety question)