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Chains take wag out of dog’s tail

CARRIE COPPERNOLL Published: September 10, 2009
The one time I hooked my dog up to a chain, his head drooped nearly to the ground. He looked up at me with sad eyes and broke my heart.

I thought I was doing something good — giving him more time outside. But as soon as I clipped that chain onto his collar, I knew he’d rather be inside than chained.

A construction crew had to rip out parts of my fence to replace sewer lines in my backyard a few years ago. I couldn’t let my dog out to play because he could run out into the busy street behind my home. So I thought I’d put him on a chain in the backyard during the weeks of repair.

After hooking him up and seeing how broken he looked, I threw the chain away.

That memory stirred me to volunteer with the "My Life as a Dog Challenge,” organized by the Central Oklahoma Humane Society. Eight contestants will sit chained to people-sized dog houses beginning Saturday in Bricktown. The one who makes it the longest will win a car. The goal is to show the cruelty of chaining.

I’m just going to confess: I was a terrible volunteer for the Humane Society. I was a member of the small organizing committee. It seemed like something came up for nearly every meeting. I turned in my assignments late. If I wasn’t a volunteer, I’m pretty sure I would have been fired. I probably should have been fired anyway.

But I learned a valuable lesson about committing myself.

Central Oklahoma Humane Society needs volunteers
The Central Oklahoma Humane Society is a nonprofit dedicated to promoting animal well-being and community education about the humane treatment of animals. The organization needs volunteers for a variety of tasks, including:

• Trapping feral cats so they can be spayed or neutered and returned to their environment.

• Helping to organize a citywide Humane Education Program for children.

• Fostering dogs or cats until they are adopted.

Helping at adoption events.

• Assisting veterinary technicians during spay/neuter clinics by helping animals in recovery, sterilizing surgical supplies and other duties.

For more information or to volunteer, call 286-1503 or go to


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