Tuesday, January 21, 2014

What to do about people who hurt animals?

Anyone who lives in Alberta, anyone who is a dog lover, anyone with a heart who pays attention to the news has heard or read about the dog and cat that were found starved to death with their mouths taped shut in a Calgary alley.  It is a tragedy that brings tears to the eyes to read or even think about.  Dogs are creatures built to love.  If I were a religious man I would say they are put here on earth to teach man how to love.  Part of the reason people love dogs so much is because it is humbling to see a creature on earth who loves us with such reckless abandon.  That is all the dog wants to do.  To love us, which is why the story of someone who starves a dog is so hard to stomach.  Why it brings forth from the sadness a rage that is so irrational we want to string the person or people who inflicted such torture and suffering to an innocent animal by their entrails.  Gone is the turn the other cheek and forgiveness of the new testament, replaced by the vengeance of the old. Even as I write this blog post I find myself torn because whatever punishment exists in our criminal system will never be enough to payback the pain caused to both the cat and dog.

Although I focus on dogs in this post my heart equally goes out to the cat also.  I am both a cat and dog guy. Cats, more subtle in their love, love us when being loved hurts.  A cats touch is more gentle than the in your face love you with a wet tongue of a dog.  In my life both cats and dogs in their own different ways have helped me through difficult times.  Even though I am not religious I often refer to cats as god's eyes here on earth.

What makes someone be cruel to an animal?  There are shelters, charities and people willing to help if taking care of an animal becomes too much.  What is the right punishment to someone that harms an animal?  What does it say about that person?  What events caused a person to be able to treat another living creature that way?

I am without answers, only questions and there will be no comfort found in answers because the both the dog and cat will never be able to know what it means to have an owner that loves them completely without reservation.

image of a beautiful dog.
I love dogs n cats.  
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