09-14-2013, 11:02 AM
The Rescues Rule Administrator
Join Date: May 2005
Apologies for the font - I put quotes in and it went all nuts.
You want to like the person who helped that poor dog, but you just can't. Or I can't! Maybe because my name is Jean.
I don't think that the general population knows the difference between a kill, no kill, low kill, shelter, rescue, etc. Just like I don't know the difference between prison, jail, minimum, maximum, etc, but people who work there think everyone does.
That's just the beginning - the whole idea of helping has to be done from a place of compassion, in my mind. You can't help heal a dog unless you can heal your thoughts toward the people who do this, or at the least, let it go.
We don't know if Jean was a cold idiot who wanted a pretty new apartment, or if she may have found herself in a position with little help and few resources. Education can help, but as much as we do, it's not yet widespread. We in the dog world can't imagine the things that people don't know but they don't.
I've got a couple of quotes I really like that help with the compassion.
“The only time you should look down at someone, is when you are helping them up.” Jesse Jackson
“It’s all right to tell a man to lift himself by his own bootstraps, but it is cruel jest to say to a bootless man that he ought to lift himself by his own bootstraps.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.
We don't know the whole story. It doesn't help us to carry those kind of feelings. Because we have to remember -
“Beware that, when fighting monsters, you yourself do not become a monster... for when you gaze long into the abyss. The abyss gazes also into you.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche
But I am very glad for little Cocoa. What a sweetheart she was and glad her last days were good ones.