I have a few friends who have dogs, but are not dog crazy like I am. One in particular is an older lady who has a couple of small dogs. She doesn't like big dogs and hasn't said it outright but has made it obvious she doesn't approve of our dog insanity with six large dogs.
Out of politeness she always asks how the dog are. I simply answer fine. Usually that is the end of our conversation, but today she asked me a couple of questions. We talked for a minute and got on the subject of heartworm pills. Which I truly believe in. She stated that she didn't bother with them and said, " If one of the dogs gets sick, I can always replace a dog."
The words don't surprise me coming from this woman. Doesn't even shock me. It's the utter disgust she has for me about the dogs that I find so amusing. My husband and I are completely invested in our dogs. Their relationship with us means the world. We couldn't have better friends and they are our family. What I find so humorous is that this abhors her to her very core. She believes we will never get financially ahead with all 'those dogs.' In no uncertain terms she lets me know of her disapproval. Winters around here are tough, jobs are hard to find, it was especially rough for us this year and her answer to our troubles is to get rid of some of the dogs. When did throwing away your best friend become an option to getting rich? I don't know how many people have hinted at this answer. It's never been an option. It isn't even a conceivable thought. I can not to even begin to think of getting rid of one our dogs, or the cats, or the duck. How would that make my life better? It's like throwing your kid in the trash. I know not everyone believes that, but we do. Our dogs are the heart and soul of who we are. Everything we do is centered on them and their well being. Read one post, any of our post and it doesn't begin to scratch the surface of the meaning and unconditional love that surrounds us. There is so much balance and harmony in our home even with the separation between the two packs, and you expect me to destroy that to save a couple of bucks? Dogs have been saving my soul from the time I was born, how can you put a value on that? I wouldn't be alive it if wasn't for the animals I have had along the way, giving me a reason in this cruel world to keep on going and because we're a little short I should just toss them to the curb? We have sacrificed everything for our dogs and just because we hit a rough patch you think I should just fling them to the side like a wrapper to blow in the wind? Come on!
No, people may never understand the love we have for our dogs and I don't ask them to but give us a little respect. It's like telling someone to put the horse down because the cows ran out of milk. It doesn't make any logical sense. How do they think that getting rid of the only thing that matter most to us is going to make anything better? Really? That's your answer? Throw them away? Not in my house.