Come to Positano and abandon your dog...
This is NOT written anywhere around town, but it might as well be plastered all over the billboards. People do actually come here and leave their unwanted dogs behind. Often on the beach, where chances are the dog will get fed scraps from the restaurants or adopted by someone. I have seen people drive up the mountain, stop, throw their dog out of the car and drive away, leaving the poor dog running frantically after the disappearing car.I am not a dog person but seeing that brought a tear to my eye.
Over the years there have been so many abandoned dogs, some that have found new homes as far away as Florence and one lucky dog who was shipped to the USA. Some dogs have become beach bums, and just fit in with local life, some have become part of the town itself. There was a huge scooby doo style dog called Bobby, there was a great smelly matted thing called Bollas, scruffy little Black and more.
There are not many families here without dogs, cats or both, but sadly not everyone seems to know how to treat their pets. Many dogs are left tied up out on the terrace, all the time. They hardly ever get taken out for walks and get beaten if they bark.
Last summer a family renting an apartment near mine kept their dog tied to the balcony railing with such a short rope that the dog couldn't put its front paws flat on the floor. It cried and whimpered all night, but the family was oblivious to its misery. Someone else bought a sweet puppy, but when it grew up he left it out on the terrace all night, winter and summer, where it barked non stop, annoying a lot of neighbours. I often hear a man beating his tied up dog with a stick, just because it barked.
Why do these people have dogs? If you can't take the responsibility, don't get a dog. A dog depends on its owner for love and affection as well as food. Like a child. You wouldn't tie your child up on the balcony all day would you?.
And if they can't handle their dog anymore, why not find it a new home? Take it to some kennels? How do these people feel when they get back home, after abandoning their pet? Relief? A sense of freedom? Perhaps, probably...The dogs, though, mope around sadly for days. This little guy has been keeping me company in the shop for a few days. He's limping and has a wound above his tail. Anyone want him?