I just read one of the most beautiful articles about dogs that I’ve ever seen. We who love dogs do not understand how some people can treat them so badly. It angers us to no end. If we could we would take every single abused and neglected dog away from the horrific lives they live and then snatch the people responsible for their pain and suffering and make them pay by tossing them in a the smallest, dirtiest, coldest kennel we can find and supplying them with nothing but the exact same treatment they were inflicting on the dog. There isn’t enough jail time in the world to satisfy us, there isn’t a fine big enough to make them pay for what they’ve done that will ease our heartache. There aren’t enough “I’m sorry’s” to make us forgive them.
Unfortunately, if we followed through on what we’d like to do – the law would put us all in jail. To bad the law doesn’t step in often enough or quick enough to save the lives, hearts and spirits of those dogs who have been treated with cruelty. There aren’t enough people to save all the pets that need saving. I can’t tell you how many times my husband and I have said “If we could we would take them all.” I dream of the day I can move to the country, perhaps a farm with lots of room and heated out-buildings. I’d fence in every acre and then start bringing in every single dog that needs saving where they could live in warmth and safety and be fed and loved until the day they die. I know there are many more animal lovers with dreams just like mine. We also know that this isn’t reality and so sadly, we come back down to earth with a jarring thug.
Why does the law consider dogs to be property? Because they have owners? Children have owners … they’re called parents! Children are not property. Children live, breath, eat, cry, laugh, hug you, love you … property can’t do this. Property is your car, your home, your yard, your computer, your purse, your coffee mug … THINGS are property. A dog is not a thing! Things don’t feel pain, they don’t need to be fed, let out to potty, walked and played with. Although we all have our favorite possessions, we don’t love these things as we love something that lives and breathes. Things can’t slobber kisses all over your face, climb into bed with you and warm you up when it’s cold. Things can’t keep you company. Even though they don’t talk back and they don’t really understand what we say – dogs listen to us like they do. To a dog lover, our dogs are like our children, they are a part of our family. Can you say that about even your very favorite possession? Just because we own a dog and are responsible for it – doesn’t make it a piece of property.
When children are treated with cruelty – suffering from neglect and abuse – there are agencies that step in and remove the children. The law steps up and levers penalties on the abuser. No, these consequences aren’t enough either but what happens to people who abuse children is a lot more severe than what happens to people who abuse animals. By a certain age children can speak, they can tell a trusted person about their abuse – animals can’t. People who care must be their voices. Although many times it’s difficult and children can’t speak until they’re a few years old – those that are abused do have a greater chance of receiving help. When adults see evidence of abuse in a child they’re more likely to do something about it. Abused children are more likely to be seen because they go to school, they’re seen in public unless of course they are the ones that are hidden away. There are less people able to see animal abuse because it’s easier to hide an animal than it is a child and less people who are likely to speak up when they see an animal being abused.
I could go on and on … this is a topic that never leaves my mind. Those commercials for the ASPCA make me cry. I know what they’re showing us is not Hollywood – it’s real. I look at my own dogs … well cared for, well fed, loved and cuddled umpteen times a day and I’ve told them many a time “You don’t know how good you’ve got it.” I know they don’t understand, but I do. I’d like to say it helps but you know what? It doesn’t help enough – because my heart still breaks and the tears still fall for all the wonderful dogs out there living in filth, starving and being beaten.
I’d like to share the article I just read. There is a print button at the top of the page. Print it for yourself, hang it on the fridge, make copies for your friends and relatives, send the link to others. The more information like this is shared the more of a chance less dogs will suffer. Please read and share I Am a Dog Not a Thing.
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