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My Pet Pet Peeve

This isn’t going to come out nicely at all, so if you’re easily offended please leave now.

I’ve ranted about this before on my domain. It’s a big freaking deal. Letting your dog or cat have one heat has no effect on their personality or maturity at all. In fact letting them experience this first heat makes them more likely to develop mammary cancer later in life. This cancer is potentially fatal, and while treatment is highly effective when caught early, it is expensive.

The same goes for letting them have one litter, or cover one female. Your dog or cat will not “miss” having a litter. They will know no different. They aren’t humans, they experience no grief when having their reproductive organs removed like humans. Anthropomorphism is a slippery slope, and can be a highly dangerous one. Let me make this clear. YOUR ANIMAL IS NOT A HUMAN. We have no proof that when they greet your with a wagging tail, or curl up in your lap, they are exhibiting “love”. Or that when they chew up your favorite shoes, shred your curtains, or poop in the house, they are being vindictive for a punishment you gave them earlier.

When you breed your pet, knowingly or by “accident”, you are potentially killing puppies and kittens that never needed to exist. When the pups or kittens from your “one litter” end up in shelters, they’re killing the older dogs in that shelter. It’s a known fact that when people adopt animals they want babies. The adults are less desired and have a hard enough time being adopted without having to compete with your cute fluffy little babies in the next cage over.

So, spay and neuter. Your ignorance kills.


Pretending to Care

I remember in 2001 after 9/11 there was a sudden increase in patriotism. It was even discussed on the news that it was “trendy” to be patriotic. If you didn’t fly Old Glory you might as well have been one of those damn terrorists.

In 2010 we have Facebook and Twitter and Tumblr. With the simple click of a mouse and a few seconds of typing you can boast your support of a variety of causes a variety of ways. It’s almost a status symbol at this point. Peer pressure has taken on a whole new form.

Let’s face it, unless you actually donate to a 501c charity, or go out in your community and help, your little “awareness” games don’t do shit. You are doing nothing but playing a game and keeping up with the trends. You say you care about child abuse, breast cancer, testicular cancer, animal abuse, diabetes, or whatever? Here’s what you do. Stand up, walk out your door, seek out a local authority for your cause and see how you can help.