|Barked: Sun Jan 20, '13 2:29pm PST |
|Oh good....I am glad that went over ok. It's to a lesser extent, but I see so many people teasing dogs, with things like vacuums, etc. and finding it very humorous. Even demonstrating fear behavior from their dog for a laugh from their friends. RG, not sure why, is something a lot of people seem to find "funny." Not only is that cruel, but it's dangerous, and some dogs end up paying the ultimate price.
I know that can be really hard to relate to....REALLY hard. But some people weren't raised with emotional lives of animals in mind. Things have gotten a lot better and I think twenty years from now we will see this sort of ignorance far less, but right now there are still people who find it funny, or who equate aggression with confidence rather than a lack of thereof. That Pit Bull woman on Dogster mag seemed a bit that way. Unable to equate aggression with fear or insecurity. Just a "bad" or "screwy" dog who unlike her Pomeranian was too big to tolerate safely. Very odd that she would phrase herself as a "perfect" pet owner, very loving pet owner....that's how she views herself....and this Pit was now (minimally) the second aggressive dog she has raised? I mean....connect the dots, why don't you. It can be VERY frustrating, but if you think of not only the dogs life but all the dogs they will own in the future, being very patient and just trying to get people to SEE sometimes is really worth it. Whereas if you start out telling people they are cruel, when they "know" they are not, do not view themselves in such a way, they may immediately stop listening. And then the dogs don't get helped, you know? So when it really tests your patience to have to endure this sort of ignorance and idiocy, just remember that either their dog or a dog in their future is really relying on you to stick it out and make a difference.
That's a lot like Jackson Galaxy and his show I've been mentioning. I have spent so many years being frustrated at my cats climbing on top of everything, knocking things over. It's seemed like such an annoying behavior to me. But he really has helped me see that cats need territory a lot more than dogs do (and why) and that height is really important to them (and why). So I see things totally different now. That annoying clearing of the top of my bureau for all these years has been cats simply looking for ways to compensate for what I was failing to give them. I mean, I've always known they like height, but never really grasped the critical reasons
So sometimes, it is about turning a light bulb on
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