May I suggest you contact Tammy E Grimes who, in Pennsylvania, promotes the idea of UNchaining chained dogs. She has quite a story to tell. You can get her at dogsdeservebetter.org. She can tell a lot about the lack of bond, the hostile ugly non-bond between some owners and their animals.
A year or so ago (my short version of her long story) she unchained a starving, dying, freezing dog. Spent $1000 to bring it to life (for a few happy months) and was convicted of theft! To me she's a hero. Let me open my address book and get her number for you:
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