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Days Of Whine And Woes

In Animal Cruelty, English bulldogs, Fruits of the Spirit, Television, Thats' Life on March 20, 2011 at 8:05 AM

#bullDogNATION’s Sunday BULLY Pulpit

Hello! And to another edition of #bullDogNATION’s Sunday BULLY Pulpit where each week we gather together fur the Gospel and the Gossip according to Me! Or you. Come on in and post your own opinion on The Sunday Bully Pulpit.

This week: The gospel– According to me. It’s one bulldog’s opinion and IT’S NOT PERSONAL!!!

Last week I came across this:

O. K. I wonder… Do these syrupy, maudlin, emotionally manipulative tales of woe, often accompanied with photos and videos so ghastly they would get a NC-17 rating if they were scenes in a movie or TV program, really move a lot of dogs and other animals out of shelters? Or do they just generate a lot of validating “likes” and extremely zealous, militantly judgmental, partisan comments?

They must, right? Otherwise why would there be so many of these tiresome, cry baby whine fests? How effective, really, are these pitiful, emotion laden, wrist wringing campaigns?

If any of you are like Her, probably not very.

These often sickeningly sappy appeals don’t– appeal, that is, to People who are mostly educated, financially secure, successful independent thinkers, themselves animal owners with a quiet and balanced view of life on earth. And who have a certain humble affinity fur moderation and restraint; not at all fans of noisy vitriol. They don’t make decisions based solely on emotion, they don’t take criticism personally and they don’t play fast and loose with the facts. They never “lose it.” They tend to be People who both respect, value and admire self control and People who exercise it. After all, it is a fruit of the spirit. Right up there with

“…love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faith, mildness, self-control.”— Gal 5:22, 23

I don’t hear a lot of love or joy or peace or kindness or mildness or even goodness in much of the rhetoric I read on rescue and shelter sites, and especially when responding to a viewpoint that is out of line with the popular group thinking.

These animal rights activists, fosterers, rescuers, shelterers and charity fundraisers, blinded by their particular brand of self-congratulatory zeal often reveal themselves to be, well– regular bullies.

Ouch!

There are a plethora of reasons animals are surrendered in shelters. It’s not 100% all the time because these animals are or have been abused! Loving pet owners become elderly or infirmed or too incapacitated to care fur their beloved pet. People die, experience a Pandora’s box of heart wrenching personal, emotional, psychological, financial difficulties and experiences that impede, interrupt, disrupt, even shatter and destroy lives– HUMAN lives.

There are a million and one reasons why the dog you adopted (the objective “you” not the personal pronoun “You”– This is not personal!) was placed in a shelter. Willful neglect, abandonment and abuse may have been only three of them.

One final thought– I’m a dog. I have a wonderful Person who loves me and takes care of me. But as much as I am loved, (and believe me when I tell you, that’s quite a lot), She is not of a mindset that animal lives supersede Human life. Even vegetarians eat plants. That’s life. Animals are important. Life, in all its forms, has value. But People are more important. PEOPLE– Humans– are MORE IMPORTANT!

Can we maybe tone down a bit some of this tiresome Sarah McLachlan soundtrack, wailing, whining and woe mongering. It’s turning People off!

There are a lot of bad People in the world. There are even more bad People who look normal, work in offices, have perfect FICO scores, pay mortgages, drive late model cars, go to church, don’t smoke, do drugs or drink to excess, take their kids to DisneyWorld and who do bad things to animals!

Sherry Taylor

Oh, really?

The other People are just doing the best they can. So can the judgment! Direct that energy and passion toward the animal you just adopted. And another thing– You adopted a dog. You did not become a candidate fur sainthood!! You did not discover the cure fur cancer! Some balance would be in order here as well.

There are some Anipal charities that quietly work to help keep pets and their People together when tragedy and financial disaster or as Ec 9:11 puts it:

“Time and unforeseen occurrence befall us all.”

The lack of balance, the over-the-top emotional manipulations, the pervasive gang– oops, I mean group think, the rapacious judgmentalism, the absence of empathy and the intolerance of any viewpoint that doesn’t align with the groups’s are all beginning to repel more than it attracts. It’s turning. People. Off!

When People with children find themselves unable to care fur their children, they absolutely do surrender them: to social service agencies, police, to safe hospitals and firehouses where they’re able to leave them anonymously, no questions asked. They’re put up fur adoption, placed with able and willing family– aunts, uncles, grandparents– neighbors, friends. These decisions must be gut wrenchingly agonizing. Poverty SUCKS!

People who compare surrendering pets to giving up children employ a certain specious reasoning that is irresponsible, mistaken, reckless, mean and not true! There is no comparison!

This is a ridicules argument as well. It’s knee jerk emotionalism, not fact! It’s really hurting shelters’ fundraising efforts as well, not helping, because it is alienating a segment of the Anipal community who value rhetorical moderation, truth, life and balance over judgmental fanaticism and overt manipulation which is what all this wailing, whining and woe looks, feels and sounds like.

The hateful intolerance of any viewpoint that does not line up with the propagators of this point of view is scary. The intimidating comments are unsettling, unkind and uncharitable.

“On the other hand, the fruitage of the spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faith, mildness, self-control.”

Animals are not hatin’ on anybully. Neither are they judging.

Families, whether they are surrendering a dog or a child through no fault of their own or fur legitimate, lawful, personal reasons have feelings and FB too! They’re not all the things you constantly characterize them as. A little consideration would not be out of order.

And the People who do abuse animals? A percentage of these abuse cases are at the hands of People who are mentally and emotionally challenged who can be helped if they get access to proper mental health care or counseling. This is neither an excuse or a defense, but it is a mitigating circumstance. These People may be just as incapacitated as People you believe have the “disease” of alcoholism or addiction. You’re not calling them all kinds of names or calling fur them to be fired from their jobs (Michael Vick).

I’m just plain and simply an advocate fur balance. Without the vitriolic name calling and without the reigning down of evil on anybully.

Dogs don’t do that. Bully’s don’t bully. Neither should you.

“On the other hand, the fruitage of the spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faith, mildness, self-control.”

Goodwill Energies I project
Upon each and every one of you
Each and every day!

“And there came to be evening and there came to be morning…”

That’s life today.

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