Yeah, I am on the newsfeed of the child abuse facebook site, and it's almost daily that another small child is murdered. Cringeworthy is hearing how one of these murderers is out on a 5K or 50K bond, where I hear on the news a woman who may or may not have been under the influence, killed a construction worker and fled the scene, she has a million dollar bond.
Something is not working in our society. Being uncomfortable with a topic, and locking it, and hoping it will go quietly under the rug where it belongs, is what we have done for decades. It isn't working. We need to protect children. And silence and secrecy increases the problem. There is an argument that this isn't the place, but I think the place is everywhere, and that is shown by how many folks here have a similar history.
Perhaps that is what attracts us to big, formidable dogs. Another common problem in our society is depression, drug addiction and overdoses, and suicide. Often a component of that is chronic loneliness and isolation. If I had a nickel for ever person who has said that they care more about their dog, or they have their dog they do not need friends... I find that very sad. I think we, many of us who struggle with loneliness and depression, do find solace in our dogs, and maybe we let ourselves depend too heavily on our canine companions. Many of us feel their dogs need canine companionship, but don't seem to apply that to humans at all.
I feel safer with my dogs. I have lived for my dogs. I find purpose with what I do with dogs. I feel less lonely because of my dogs. I never come home to an empty house because of my dogs, BUT dogs are not everything, and we do need the human connection. And, we find dog-people.
There are sites for folks who have survived shtuff. But they are all steeped in the language and mindset of psychology today. And they serve a purpose and there is nothing wrong with that. But dog people are closer to normal, they are my people. They are spending a life time focusing on something outside of themselves, perhaps an extension of themselves. But in some ways they are butts and tails ahead of folks whose focus is entirely within themselves. Having dogs, opens us to dog-people, and it opens us to dog events, and dog sports and accomplishing something through training, and maybe getting out of bed because the dogs need to eat, walking because the dogs need exercise.
Bear Cub, Hepsi-Pepsi
Cujo2, Karma Chameleon
Ramona the Pest, Kojak -- who loves you baby?
Tiny Tinnie, Susie's Uzzi, Kaiah -- The Baby Monster.