Blog the Change gives me an excuse to write about my rescues every day!
I walked into the kitchen of my home one day and my boyfriend had a guest. I walked in on their conversation about a woman who had a dog that was poorly behaved so she had the dog put down, because she just couldn’t deal with it. No training, not attempt to rehome the dog; the woman put the dog down.
I was stunned, because (1) I’m a dog lover – can you not see the 3 dogs bouncing around me and the ashes of the fourth on the end table? – and (2) I couldn’t comprehend why you would come into the home of a dog lover and have this discussion.
I’ve come across too many people who have the attitude that “they’re just a dog” and love the poem that was written in response to these individuals. If you want to see me boiling inside, then send one of these people into the room. On the day I mentioned above, I chose not to address the comments, because I wasn’t part of the conversation and the person who made those comments is just plain mean.
This is Not a Time to be Polite
Keep the Tail Wagging is has passed it’s first anniversary and the past year has opened my eyes to what a real dog lover is; and I’ve looked at several people in my life with new eyes. I’ve had to walk away from relationships, because I couldn’t tolerate the opinions they had about dogs. Frankly, if you adopt a dog, then you’re taking on the responsibility to care for that dog through their life; not just until you get bored or something more fun comes along.
I look back to that day in my kitchen and kick myself for not saying something. I’m confident that she wouldn’t have cared, but I believe I’m here to speak for dogs, because they can’t speak for themselves.
Blog the Change has provided me an educating in dog care that I can share with other dog lovers.
Tired to Images of Abused Dogs?
If you’re as tired of images of abused dogs as I am, then start speaking up. We should start with our friends and families and move on to strangers. Nope, we won’t be popular, but as a community we’ll be loud and a force to be reckoned with and people will be put on notice. If you want to trash talk about dogs, don’t do it around here.
I’m so over with being polite on this issue. I’m tired of people judging us, because we spend money on better quality food and dog training. If the people judging me for having a pet care savings account stepped down from their platform, they would see three dogs that will not see the inside of a shelter, that will not be put down, because of behavior issues, and who are loved, healthy and happy.
The next time someone poo poos how you take care of your dogs, remind them that it’s a pleasure to be able to give back to a creature who gives so openly to us! How many humans give as much as a dog?
Say it Loud and Say it Proud – I’m a dog lover! If you’re not, then suck it!