"These self-same people are attempting to humanize the pet population - and they can’t even see the insanity of the two positions - kill human babies for choice but make pet owners what, guardians? Like Doris Roberts on the Genesis Award show (years ago, when her show was actually on and popular) touting her non-turkey Thanksgiving show while also touting that she had come directly from an Abortion Rights march in DC. That is the essence of insanity, and the essence of the problem to me."
So just for fun, I though I'd dredge up an old post from my first blog and re-post it here to juxtapose it with the previous post by way of illustrating the point.
Landlords and Liberals and Pets, Oh My!
Let me explain one of my comments from yesterday's post. We wanted to adopt a dog, so last Saturday, C and I went down to the shelter and found one we thought would fit in with the family.
After getting to take her for a short walk, we went back into the office to do the paperwork. We were handed a five page questionnaire. Among other things, these people wanted our pet history for the past five years, a detailed pet care plan, and our landlord's phone number. We were told it would be at least a week before they could get around to approving our application and talking to our landlord, and oh by the way, the adoption fee is $100.00. While we were sitting there, the lady told another family that it was no problem to take the dog home over the weekend for a trial visit, but told us we had to bring the rest of our family all the way up there so THEY could observe how the dog interacts with our kids.
Okay, whoa! First of all, it's a DOG! Why the background investigation? I've had animals all my life, and my philosophy has always been that any animal we have is a member of the family, and we don't take in an animal unless we are committed to it, and everything that goes with it. Second, this sweet doggy has been at the shelter for over a year, and nobody has offered to adopt her. So, you ask, why didn't anyone want her? I don't know. But I do know that they deliberately put the rowdy young dogs in the pen with her so she can settle them down. You'd think that they would be thrilled that someone finally wants her. Third, why the hell was it okay for the other family to take the dog with them, but WE have to haul our whole family (including our special needs child AND the cat) up there?
The next issue was the landlord. Yeah, we paid a pet deposit, but thought we ought to let them know we planned on getting a dog along with our cat. As C put it, that just opened a whole can of worms. They couldn't just say okay, oh no. They insisted on coming by to inspect our rugs to see if the cat had done any damage. Our cat is pretty fastidious and has never once messed on the carpet. Our kids have done more damage to the carpet, but of course no one charges a child deposit. SO we said okay, and proceeded to spend three days and $100 dollars getting the house perfect so they'd have nothing to complain about when they came to inspect. So two hours before the appointed time, they call and say they can't make it and need to reschedule. It's not like we can just move, either, because none of the landlords around here allows pets.
So between the liberals and the landlords you have this dynamic where the animal rights advocates say "Please rescue and adopt homeless pets (so long as you give us all your personal information and pass the background check), and the landlords saying, "You can't enjoy animal companionship because we're more worried about the already old, worn-out carpet in our property than your quality of life."
Basically, we've now decided its just not worth the aggravation to adopt a dog, and we can't just go and blow a grand or two on a puppy from the pet store, and no one down here has any puppies for free or cheap. I'm starting to think that the drive to neuter pets has less to do with compassionate and humane control of the potential stray and homeless population, and more to do with restricting the supply to drive up prices and secure a monopoly for the breeders. One wonders that anyone has any pets at all these days...
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(Dan Simmons is the author of one of my favorite sci-fi novels, Hyperion. Be sure to read his following post/explanation of the story at http://www.dansimmons.com/news/message/2
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"Dominant beasts remain vigilant. But a strange thing happens to nations at the pecking order's apogee. The dominant superorganism sometimes goes to sleep. It falls complacently into a fatal trap, assuming that its high position is God given, that its fortunate lot in life will last forever, that its lofty status is carved in stone. It forgets that any pecking order is a temporary thing and no longer remembers how miserable life can be on the bottom. The results are often an unpleasant surprise.
"We all know that Rome was picked apart by peoples any respectable Roman could see were beneath his contempt. The barbarians didn't shave. They wore dirty clothes. They were almost always drunk. Their living standard was one step above that of a mule. Their technology was laughable. They usually couldn't read and write, and they certainly had no 'culture'. What could these smelly primitives do? They could fight."
"But webs of ideas also do more: as hungry replicators eager to remold the world, they often turn their ultimate weapon -- the superorganism -- into a killing machine. And contrary to the doctrines of some modern critics, they do not engage in this "hegemonic imperialism" only in the malevolent West.
"Two hundred years after the Fall of Rome, a merchant named Mohammed lived in the desert town of Mecca, a bleak and isolated community on a caravan route..."
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