Thursday, July 26, 2012
Mouring Missed Chances
I need a moment up on the proverbial soapbox. Dog are like children, raise them right and they will be respectful, functioning members of society. Treat them like crap, deny them basic rights, and force them to do things that they wouldn’t normally do, and you get what you have sown. EVERY dog that is bred, trained and rewarded for dog fighting, loses such amazing potential to be a part of a loving family. They lose the chance of knowing companionship with another dog. They lose the chance of being a child’s truest and best friend. They lose so much from life.
I am beyond furious right now with whatever horrible person set this dog up for failure. This poor shelter dog, which is beyond emaciated, heartworm positive, hookworms, fleas, skin infection, fighting cropped ears, dental disease, broken teeth, oral infection, vaginitis, facial scars, scars down her body, stretched out mammary glands from nursing too many litters, and eyes full of love for me, lost her chance at life a long time ago. She attacked another dog today. Without warning, with no change in body posture, nothing indicating what was to happen next, she struck. No physical damage was done to the other dog, and he left three puncture wounds on her face. However, the emotional damage was done to me. I have grown attached. I love this poor lost soul of a dog. Her sweet manner, her beautiful eyes, her smelly kisses. I like the train wreck, so ugly only a mother could love, “flawed” animals the best. At the end of it all, they are so deserving and appreciative of the love, affection and care they received. I hate that this happened. I hate that she has lost her chance to love a child, a dog, a family. I hate that a HUMAN BEING did this, made her this way. I believe all people, dogs, cats, etc are inherently good. Our experiences in life shape our responses and perceptions, and whatever happened to this poor dog was so horrible, I don’t think I ever want to know any details.
So for now, I will snuggle my furry family (Todd included!) a little longer today, cry a little harder, and know that each experience in life teaches a lesson. At least I could show this dog some love.