|Barked: Tue Jan 29, '13 4:15am PST |
|Sabi - I've gotten so tired of these beliefs though... I'm SURROUNDED by idiots with beliefs that dogs don't need healthy food, nutrition or vet care, that they can be shot to be euthanized, that they're not worth keeping alive if they get sick or injured, that they don't need exercise, mental stimulation or to be taught proper manners... I'm tired of people saying "let dogs be dogs." when they're the ones leaving dogs off leash to run into streets or to get into serious fights with other dogs to 'work it out on their own'. Literally... everyone around me, save for maybe my mother and a few very very close friends. Everyone else? Ha... It's all the same, uneducated crap over and over.
Fritz - Other than his beliefs(or perhaps we can call it ignorance and lack of education on the matter?) with that, we actually have many common beliefs and understandings. We were simply raised differently when it comes to the way to euthanize our pets. Or rather, I wasn't raised with ANY and created my own over the years of loving animals. He was raised with parents who owned a farm and shot animals that were dying, going to be food, injured, or too sick to bring back to health and he was never educated otherwise. He does respect my stance with it though, and wouldn't shoot my dogs(not that he even has a gun), as he knows it would be the end all. Even suggesting shooting my dogs would be an end all deal breaker for me. I won't risk my dogs safety. Having a different belief than me though on what's right or wrong, or humane isn't necessarily a deal breaker, s'long as he respects where I stand and understands it. He wouldn't ever intentionally HURT my dogs, however. We've been together for three years, though and we're having a baby in the summer, so I'm sooner going to try to keep things understood between us and respected(our dogs will ALWAYS be humanely euthanized, no ifs, ands, or buts and he's fully aware of this. He does NOT live on the farm anymore, where his parents believed dogs are no better than cattle.) He seems to believe that euthanizing a dog through a needle is painful and takes a long time, whereas a bullet is quick and gets it over with instantly(assuming the dog doesn't live through it - and likely due to the lack of education otherwise). I don't know how I could make him understand otherwise, without him being there to see it though. He wasn't around when I had to put Maya to sleep, so he didn't get the chance to experience what that was actually like and how much stress and pain it actually LACKED for her. Again, I love him and I can't blame him for his ignorance and lack of education. I CAN blame him if he refuses to respect my stance on it though, and refuses to be educated on the matter - which he actually seems pretty open to learning more about, if I can find a way to properly explain he process of it and how quick it actually is.
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