“We cannot have peace among men whose hearts delight in killing any living creature.
By every act that glorifies or even tolerates such moronic delight in killing we set back the progress of humanity.” ~ Rachel Carson
Something compelled me to watch this video and I broke down in tears and cried my heart out. One of the saddest things I see on the internet is how badly animals are abused all over the world for various reasons. There is this human need for using animals as test subjects on products we use; using animals to fight each other; and slaughtering animals to prove your manhood.
I ask the question: “What is it that brings a human being to that point where they think it is acceptable to do such things to animals?”
It got me thinking about my childhood – and how most of our parents and grandparents treated animals. We lived on farms and for the most part animals stayed outside in their own shelters – an ‘us and them’ situation. We fed the animals every day and did what was needed but seldom really spent any quality time with them.
In a way it seems that many of us are detached from animals, their feelings, their perceptions. If I look at myself as an example: I love animals and would never do anything to harm them but for many years I was allergic to animals, meaning I could only appreciate them from a distance. Because of this, I became detached from seeing animals as beings that have personalities and feelings. I just didn’t grasp the fact that animals were creatures with emotions very like mine. Then one day I found myself in a situation where I had to make a choice to adopt an animal – and Ty walked into our lives.
I will never forget that moment. I had felt strongly that we would soon adopt an animal but I wasn’t sure how this was going to come about – and I prayed about it, asking God if it was meant to be then surely something would happen. Well it did!
Our neighbours told us about a Staffi that needed a home and they thought we would be a good fit. I decided that if this was meant to be, then the dog would choose my husband when he went to see it. I stayed at home and waited for the outcome. When hubby returned there was Ty! He ran straight to my side but I wasn’t overly friendly because I wasn’t sure whether I would have an allergic reaction. But even with that caution, I was certain that this was the right thing to do. My husband told me that when he’d arrived to see the dog, the family and he had sat in the lounge for a while. Suddenly the dog came running into the room and ran straight for Rodney, and sat right next to him. Then, as Rodney was ready to leave, Ty happily followed him into the car, ready to go. This was a huge surprise to everyone!
Ty has become a part of our family. He has feelings, he has emotions and a personality. We have a little morning routine, he and I. As soon as Rodney leaves for work in the AM Ty comes to wake me up so that we can have a nap on the couch together in the early hours of the morning before I start my day. When it is time for Rodney to come home Ty is at the top of my office stairs letting me know it is time to come up and wait with him till Rodney arrives. He just knows, his tail starts wagging, he starts shaking like crazy out of sheer excitement waiting for Rodney to arrive. In a nutshell, he has stolen our hearts. I can see how animals can keep us healthy and sane and lift our spirits in time of need.
It makes me realise how detached I was before I met Ty. Yes, I loved animals and would always treat animals with care and respect, but I had not fully understood they were creatures with such deep feelings and emotions so similar to my own. It makes me think that it is this very detachment in other people, that makes them ill-treat animals. Maybe – just maybe – the solution is that abusive people should be punished by learning to care for animals under careful supervision. It is only in understanding that we can heal, grow and change. Through understanding that we can connect and find love. On the whole I think as people we can do more to take care of our precious animals from wildlife to domestic animals. They are on this planet for a reason in the same way the plants and the trees are, in the same way you are.
“Love of animals is a universal impulse, a common ground on which all of us may meet.
By loving and understanding animals, perhaps we humans shall come to understand each other.” ~ Louis J. Camuti
Let’s begin the process. Please share your favourite moments with us and tell us about your fury family member who just makes your day when you need it most!