Re: risking a human life for a dog
I think hope and expect can be looked at two different ways. I would hope that it could happen, but I do not expect it to happen.
I do not put the life of my dog over that of a humans. Sorry but I dont. I love my dogs, they are family and if it came to a fire, then I DO hope that they are able to be saved, but my first thought is my kids and husband.
We should not expect police and firefighters to go after animals. Its not always realistic, and while alot of them would do it if/when they can, they still have to maintain their saftey, the saftey of other officers/firefighters and any person/s or bystanders in/around the house.
An example. We had a HUGE fire at an old abandoned two story nursing home. It was BAD. Literly, we had three different counties there and that still wasnt nearly enough. Someone said something about some cats being in there. Should any of them risked going in? NO! They would have been putting themselves in severe unnecessary danger if they had. Maybe if it hadnt been so bad, it could have been possible, but like I said, it was bad. (It was suspected that someone set the place on fire on purpose)
It would be nice to say that YES, they should, and there are ALOT of them that would and will if its possible, but we should not expect it of them.
There were a few firefighters who were upset about the cats. To tell them that they were expected to go in and get them, with no regards to the saftey of themselves or others to me isnt right in the least.
As to dogs being "just a dog" in a sence, they ARE dogs. They are not humans. Doesnt mean that they should be loved or cared for anyless or any less part of the family. But they arent people, and while yes, people do horrible things, people also have the possiblity of doing great things. And yes, dogs do great things, but you have to remember that these dogs with jobs, were taught and trained to do that job, by a person.
But in short, I put no, as I do not expect anyone to go in after my pets. I would hope that they would/could, but realisticly it is not always possible to do so and for some, to be told they are expected to and cant, only makes their job harder IMO.
Baily ~ GSD x ~ (Jan 2001 - Jan 2016)
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