Sunday, November 17, 2013

Just Pick a Fucking Dog! (or Cat)

   One of my favorite shows is Pit Bulls & Parolees. Pit bulls are so misunderstood (perhaps a topic for another blog entry) and I think the show does an admirable job of dispelling myths and restoring dignity to this breed.
   BUT it perpetuates the idea of dogs as commodities. The episode I watched today featured a guy dying from cancer and a statement was made that the dog he was adopting was sent here (I'm paraphrasing, but believe this is roughly how it was described) to help/love this guy. Fuck that! Let's take the argument of spirits and souls and all that out for a second. Even IF you believe that a higher power might play a role in some relationships, to suggest that the only purpose in life for that dog is to be this guy's bitch (tee-hee) is so wrong. That dog is NOT a commodity and is not some tool used by a higher power. A statement like this is just another example of speciesism. Oh, we're THAT important that this dog's sole defining attribute is to take care of a dying cancer patient? Get over yourself!
   In another episode, a family is trying to decide which dog they want to adopt. They went back and forth... and talked about "feeling it." The same ethereal bullshit I've heard clueless people spout before. The same people who go to animal shelters filled with hundreds of animals that are about to get killed and say they just didn't make a connection with the right animal. "Oh, I just wasn't feeling it." "She didn't seem very loving." "He didn't seem to want to be petted." Guess what, people-- animals who are in a strange, scary environment where their friends are getting gassed or injected to death every day are NOT going to bend over and kiss your ass. They are scared. They have never met you before. Many have been abused or otherwise treated like shit. And they all deserve homes. They do not need to be cast aside because they don't stroke your ego enough. Just pick a fucking animal and give it a good home. It's NOT that hard.

2 comments:

  1. "Just pick a fucking animal and give it a good home..." <-- Sage advice that in no way could result in the further damage or harm of the casually chosen animal in question when it doesn't work out with the person/people/family who randomly selected it and they return it or drop it off at "a nice farm upstate." In fact, animal shelters should just drive door to door and hand out homeless animals to whomever they see first! (Some of those are bound to work out!) Don't think things through! Take home the first dog you look at! Put no thought into anything! If it feels wrong, do it anyway! Take a bear to church! Gabba gabba hey! (And so ends my first and last visit to this blog.)

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  2. I love how you take my assertion that people should be less picky about which animal they adopt and stretch it into ridiculous parody.

    Obviously, I'm not advocating that people gloss over important, practical issues. That's not my point. My point is that there are millions of animals needing homes and basing whether you adopt on something like a "feeling" is a coward's approach to adoption.

    You just want an animal that's "perfect" and for whom you have to devote no extra attention or support... And you justify it by suggesting that you have the right to be picky. Screw off.

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