What’s a Three Dog Night and Dog Safety have in common?
Maybe you remember the classic rock band called Three Dog Night. They were one of the hottest rock bands of our time. For many “Baby Boomers” their records had us dancing and singing. During the late 1960’s through the 1970’s, Three Dog Night was one of the most popular bands in America.
The band featured three lead singers, Danny Hutton, Chuck Negron and Cory Wells. Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys helped launch their careers in the music industry, even writing some songs for the new band until the other Beach Boys members objected. Some of the group’s most famous songs included “One”, “Joy to the World”, and “Easy to be Hard.”
Here’s a little interesting trivia for you to share with your friends. Did you ever wonder how Three Dog Night got their name?
As with many bands, band members start out in other bands or change their names for various reasons. It was Danny Hutton’s girlfriend, June Fairchild, who hit on the group’s name. She remembered reading a magazine article on the Australian aborigines sleeping with their dogs on cold nights to keep warm. They would refer to the coldest nights as a “three dog night.”
Many people today throughout the world cozy up at night with their pets. Some dog breeds like Dachshunds are bunny chasers by day and bed warmers by night. Here’s another piece of trivia for you, Dachshund means “badger dog” in German. They like burrowing under the covers and staking claim to a spot on the bed. Dogs like sharing with humans. Being near humans is part of being a pack or social group to dogs. You might even say they are family.
One of the worst things folks can do to a dog is chain them to a dog house or isolate them from other dogs or people. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and other research groups, two things we can do to substantially reduce dog bites and possibly reduce up to 90% of these incidents. Most dog bites and attacks are preventable tragedies.
First, the CDC recommends not chaining dogs. Many chained dogs are not properly socialized and may defend their limited space. Even friendly dogs will jump on people to seek attention. Children are most at risk even by a friendly dog. No matter the dog breed, chained dogs are not happy or balanced. Many states and communities are banning the practice of chaining dogs for long periods. To learn more, go to Dogs Deserve Better website: http://www.dogsdeservebetter.com/home.html .
Second, the CDC and other professionals encourage pet guardians to spay and neuter their pets. Dogs are often calmer and less aggressive. An added bonus is they don’t have the desire to roam and have puppies either. Communities should welcome the opportunity to explore these ideas. They should consider their options to make our communities not only more compassionate but also safer. As the temperatures drop, consider warming up with a pet close by. We always recommend you see a licensed veterinarian for a healthy and happy pet.