This Damn Chain
By: Savana Frame
Here I am, chained and alone.
I sit in this circle, I made on my own.
I'm pacing around just wanting to play.
But I can't get off, this damn chain.
It weighs at my neck, and weighs at my soul.
I feel like I'm dead, and their digging my hole.
Just bring me inside, let me lay at your feet.
Even after all this wrong, it's you I want to greet.
We can leave this in the past, I just want to be free.
Please don't ignore my cries, and let your eyes see.
Please Take Off The Chain & Set Me Free
Dogs (like people) are social animals, yet more than 200,000 dogs live empty lives chained or tethered outdoors. Tied-up outside, dogs become lonely, bored, and anxious, and they can develop aggressive behaviors. Bring a dog inside (or help a chained dog in your neighborhood) and you’ll keep everyone safer.
Dogs tethered or chained for long periods can become highly aggressive. Dogs feel naturally protective of their territory; when confronted with a perceived threat, they respond according to their fight-or-flight instinct. A chained dog, unable to take flight, often feels forced to fight, attacking any unfamiliar animal or person who unwittingly wanders into his or her territory.
Numerous attacks on people by tethered dogs have been documented. Tragically, the victims of such attacks are often children who are unaware of the chained dog's presence until it is too late. Furthermore, a tethered dog who finally does get loose from his chains may remain aggressive, and is likely to chase and attack unsuspecting passersby and pets.