geonni banner Posted December 30, 2012 Report Share Posted December 30, 2012 Lots of things have changed about the way people see pet animals. When I was a kid it was common to hear someone say, "Let's let the cat have kittens so the children can witness the miracle of birth." (But they didn't take the kids along to witness the "miracle of death" when they drove out to the country and dumped the kittens.) Kids and dogs used to run around loose with each other until supper time, instead of being exercised by a high-priced dog-walker. The dogs weren't "fixed" and lots of the pups met the same fate as the “miraculous” kittens. Lots got hit and killed by cars. Does anyone else remember a time when the old dog disappeared and it was assumed he "went off to die." That was, after all, “the natural thing.” Dogs wanted solitude for their final hours – or so it was supposed. When you came home bloody because MacGregor’s dog bit you, the first question you were asked was, “What the hell were you doing on MacGregor’s place?” Dogs sometimes had fights. Mostly they made a lot of racket and then went on with being dog pals. If a dog ran livestock or killed chickens it was shot. Even if it was your own dog. Now puppies have orchestrated play-dates. (So do kids.) Food and medical care costs as much as it does for one of the kids. (A lot more than was ever spent on me and kids I knew.) The wrong training techniques, feeding practices, sleeping arrangements or vaccination schedules for you dog can earn you ostracism from your peer group. There is a great deal of high-minded indignation if someone has to give up a pet. Cries of “A dog is for LIFE,” can be heard in even the direst circumstances. Well, marriage is supposed to be for life too, and we see how that works out. Marriages fail for many reasons. So do pet adoptions. Of course, one should try very hard to work out the problems that can arise with both. But what if the problems are insurmountable? Life is lumpy. John Lennon said, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” There are a lot of things about the good old days that weren’t so good. And I don’t think of my dog as “just a dog.” I would be heartbroken to be parted from her. But I know that life can throw some pretty nasty tricks at you. Sometimes “forever homes” aren’t – for dogs or people. One of the big reasons I got out of dog training and veterinary hospital work was the judgmental and hysterical behavior people routinely exhibited about their pets. They could become downright vicious if you didn’t share their judgments and hysteria. I believe that a pet – or any domestic animal – should be given care to insure that it is healthy, happy and well-adjusted. But to demand that others share your definition of what constitutes the minutiae of said conditions is, to me, just absurd. Does anyone else miss a more relaxed relationship with companion animals? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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