Friday, May 16, 2008

Love Me, Love My Dogs

I have been dating this great guy for a while and we were kind of exploring each others lifestyles before making any changes. There is like, there is lust, there is love and then there is actually being able to live with a person. So we’ve been exploring. I have two dogs and a cat. He has a cat and a bird. The dogs love him and he loves the dogs, but he really is ignorant about actually living with dogs.

There was a dog training seminar in Orlando and I went. I expected to be home around 3pm, which is fine for Dixie and Tyrone, but the seminar ended at 5 and I still had a 2 hour drive home. So I called the honey and asked if he could go let the dogs out. We had plans for that night and I was going to be late. He said no problem, he would meet me at my house. Call him when I got off the highway, about 40 minutes from home.

So I drive and I call him from the off ramp. He asks should he feed the pets. Yes. I will see you in about 30 minutes.

About 10 minutes later my phone rings. It is him.

"Hi sugar."


"Its ok...." I start.


"...really, its ok, pick up the solids and the Resolve is under the sink..." I continue.


"No, really, dogs puke more than humans. Just cover it with something and I will take care of it when I get home in a few minutes......"


That was when I started laughing.

"Really sugar, dogs do that sometimes.....".


I am laughing my ass off now.


More laughing.

So now I am adapting to his bird.

Think You Support Animal Rights?

Some of the most incriminating evidence against the Animal Rights movement are their own words-

"The cat, like the dog, must disappear..... We should cut the domestic cat free from our dominance by neutering, neutering, and more neutering, until our pathetic version of the cat ceases to exist." -John Bryant, Fettered Kingdoms: An Examination of a Changing Ethic, PETA 1982, p.15.

"Six million Jews died in concentration camps, but six billion broiler chickens will die this year in slaughter houses." -Ingrid Newkirk, President, PETA, The Washington Post, November 13, 1983.

"It's not about loving animals. It's about fighting injustice. My whole goal is for humans to have as little contact as possible with animals." ---Gary Yourofsky, founder of Animals Deserve Adequate Protection Today and Tomorrow (ADAPTT), now employed as PeTA's national lecturer

"As John Bryant has written in his book Fettered Kingdoms, they [pets] are like slaves, even if well-kept slaves." -PETA's Statement on Companion Animals

"Even painless research is fascism, supremacism." ---Ingrid Newkirk, PeTA's founder and president, Washington Magazine, August 1986

"I don't think you'd have to kill -- assassinate -- too many . . . I think for five lives, 10 lives, 15 human lives, we could save a million, two million, 10 million non-human lives." -Jerry Vlasak,longtime spokesman for the Washington-based Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), which the better-known People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) describes as a "related" organization.

"I don't approve of the use of animals for any purpose that involves touching them – caging them."--- Dr. Neal Barnard, president, Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine(PCRM), The Daily Californian (February 9, 1989) quoting Bernard's address to an audience at International House (Berkeley).

"What we must do is start viewing every cow, pig, chicken, monkey, rabbit, mouse, and pigeon as our family members." ---Gary Yourofsky, Humane Education Director, PETA, The Toledo Blade, June 24, 2001

"Even if animal tests produced a cure for AIDS, we'd be against it."- PETA President Ingrid Newkirk, September 1989, Vogue Magazine

"To those people who say, ..My father is alive because of animal experimentation,' I say ..Yeah, well, good for you. This dog died so your father could live.' Sorry, but I am just not behind that kind of trade off." -- Bill Maher, PETA celebrity spokesman.

On the consequences of stopping animal research: "Don't get the diseases in the first place, schmo." -- PETA's David Mathews (USA Today, July 27, 1994).

"I will be the last person to condemn ALF [the Animal Liberation Front]."— Ingrid Newkirk, in the New York Daily News, December 7, 1997*ALF is listed as a domestic terrorist organization by the FBI*

"Our campaigns are always geared towards children and they always will be."— PETA vice president Dan Matthews, on the Fox News Network (December 19, 2003)

"There is no rational basis for saying that a human being has special rights. A rat is a pig is a dog is a boy. They're all mammals." -- Ingrid Newkirk, PETA's President (in The Washington Times August 29, 1999).

"We feel that animals have the same rights as a retarded human child." -- Alex Pacheco, Director, PETA, (New York Times, January 14, 1989).

"Arson, property destruction, burglary and theft are 'acceptable crimes' when used for the animal cause." -- Alex Pacheco, Director, PETA.

Quotes from other animal rights organizations:

"We have no ethical obligation to preserve the different breeds of livestock produced through selective breeding. ... One generation and out. We have no problem with the extinction of domestic animals. They are creations of human selective breeding." - Wayne Pacelle, Senior Vice-President of HSUS, formerly of Friends for Animals; Quoted in Animal People, May, 1993

"It is time we demand an end to the misguided and abusive concept of animal ownership. The first step on this long, but just, road would be ending the concept of pet ownership." -- Elliot Katz, President, In Defense of Animals, "In Defense of Animals," Spring 1997.

"An animal experiment cannot be justifiable unless the experiment is so important that the use of a brain-damaged human would be justifiable." -- Peter Singer, godfather of the animal rights movement, Animal Liberation: A New Ethic for Our Treatment of Animals, 2nd. edition, 1990.

"The life of an ant and the life of my child should be accorded equal respect." -- Michael W. Fox, Vice President, The Humane Society (The Associated Press, Jan. 15, 1989).

"Your dog can show you when he or she wants to go for a walk and equally for nonviolent sexual contact, your dog or whatever else it is can show you whether he or she wants to engage in a certain kind of contact" -- Peter Singer, godfather of the animal rights movement.

"The theory of animal rights is simply not consistent with the theory of animal welfare or other approaches that reject the rights view and, more importantly, embrace animal exploitation. Animal rights means dramatic social changes for humans and nonhumans alike; if our bourgeois values prevent us from accepting those changes. then we have no right to call ourselves advocates of animal rights." ----(THE GARY FRANCIONE, DIRECTOR OF THE RUTGERS ANIMAL RIGHTS LAW CLINIC: ANIMALS' VOICE, VOL. 4, NO. 2, pp.54-55)

"Animal liberation, of which the anti-vivisection movement is a part, animal liberation is not a campaign. It is not a struggle. It is a war! It is an all-out bloody war, in which the countless hundreds of millions of casualties have, so far, all been on one side.How can we allow that to continue?"--- Robin Webb, British spokesperson for animal rights terrorism, speaking at SHAC rally, Edison, New Jersey, November 30, 2002

"If an animal researcher said, "Its a dog or a child,' a liberator will defend the dog every time." ---"Screaming Wolf" (pseudonym), A Declaration of War: Killing People to Save Animals and the Environment (Grass Valley, California: Patrick Henry Press, 1991), p. 14.

"Human beings, as a species, have no more value than slugs." -- John Davis, editor of Earth First! Journal

What is Wrong with The World

When did No become a bad word? When did the concept of reasonable boundaries for behavior get lost? When did negative consequences for negative behavior become mean and cruel?
Kids, dogs, at some point the adult humans abdicated authority and discipline and decided that rude out of control behavior is not only normal and acceptable, but "cute". This load of crap is stuffed down our throats by the Purely Positive crowd, implying that expecting and enforcing good manners and calm behavior somehow stifles, nay, abuses, the little creature.

I was in Kohl's the other day. Walking past the flip flop clearance racks, I see a woman turn to her misbehaving young son and say "Jason, I am going to count." Jason continues screwing around. I couldn't help myself. I slapped my hands to my face and cried, "Oh my God, she's going to count!" If looks could kill I would have burst into flames. I couldn't help but laugh. It was obvious Jason knew he could do whatever he wanted and Mom had no authority. He also knew that if he persisted long enough Mom would give in, give up and just let him have or do what he wanted. Had Jason been my child I would have taken him firmly by the arm, drilled him with my eyes and told him in no uncertain terms what would happen if he didn't straighten up right now. If he persisted I would have immediately followed through with my threat. I really don't care if the little brat likes me, nor do I care what the other shoppers think of me. It is the responsibility of the parent to teach and enforce the boundaries of good behavior.

We all live within enforced boundaries every day. They are called laws. Break the law, there will be a consequence somewhere between a ticket and jail. Of course the adult humans are now setting a fine example with the attitude that if there are no cops around it is ok to drive twice the speed limit. Our kids see this and think Cool, do what you want just don't get caught. Persist long enough, learn to be sneaky and the No just goes away. Dogs learn the same way. Ok, not the driving part, thank Dog.

Dogs are being ruined by the millions by the same people who won't control their kids. Having been fed the PP party line about their kids, they now try to apply that to their dogs. And there are a lot of trainers out their that have swallowed the hook that Purely Positive is the only way. There is even a movement called Totally Dog Friendly. These folks truly believe that corrections and any negative consequence is mean and cruel. They have excellent marketing people writing their propoganda. They even say they use "operant conditioning" to train dogs. The truth is they don't. Operant conditioning has 4 quadrants, the final one being punishment for a negative response. Google it. If you can filter all the PP websites, you will eventually find a real scientific outline of Operant Conditioning.

Discipline does not mean punishment. It comes from the same root word as disciple and means to teach. Discipline is not something you do, it is how you live. Teach the rule, enforce the rule, praise the compliance, punish the non compliance.

I am not avocating abuse, just discipline. As a former abused child I have a serious problem with an adult having a meltdown on kids or dogs. If screaming and beating worked I wouldn't have a job. Screaming and beating will definitely screw someone up. But there is a vast gulf between firm clear correction and screaming and beating.

Perhaps it is that the adult humans have abdicated a disciplined lifestyle for themselves. Oh, they may manage to shower and brush their teeth everyday mostly. But they truly desire, wish for and seek out instant gratification for themselves. So long term goals are kinda vague and not really important. Sorry folks, raising kids and dogs is not for your instant fuzzy gratification, it is a job with the goal of turning out well adjusted adult creatures able to fit into society.

I simply cannot advocate a method that condemns a dog to death or the pound because it has been labeled "Untrainable" when only one method has been tried. Especially when the owner has been told that that one method is the only humane method, and that introducing corrections and consequences are cruel.

So what is really cruel? Enforcing a No, setting clear boundaries now so everyone can live in peace and stay together? Or is it allowing undiciplined out of control behavior to become an adult lifestyle?

I bet you can guess my answer.

Self Medicating

When I am feeling rotten chocolate and Bud Lite takes the edge off and makes me feel better than any pill any doctor ever gave me. Last night it was Toll House Cookies and glory hallelujah, the grocery store had Bud Lite for $10.99 an 18.

And in the morning right before dawn my dog Tyrone will climb into bed to spoon with me for cuddles and kisses and belly rubs. Dix the Bitch will flop down on the other side and rub herself on me. I will be pinned under the covers by dog flesh that outweighs me. And I will be able to take a deep breath and know I am loved. They have always done that, my dogs, been the most dependable source of both the attention and acceptance that I need.

To them I am the Goddess. And if I won't share my chocolate, I can be depended on to share my burgers and the occasional sip of Bud Lite. And they are happy with me.