Cowboys around the hoodlum wagon on the Spur Ranch, Texas, late 1890s.
(? for Paula, Is John familiar with the term 'hoodlum'
I have read some great dog books lately. Myra suggested Bruce Cameron. He came up with a great idea and has followed through with it. I even like to think the ‘theory’ is true, however I know it is fiction (don’t I?)
My ideas and mental frame of mind about pets contrast a more modern view. I don’t mean to offend anyone, but as my grandsons would say, “Grandpa everyone has an opinion.”
The said that when 4 years old. I am sure now that they are 30, that they have learned something more about opinions. Yes we all have one, but not everyone agrees with yours. Some will fight to change yours. I try to take the approach of live and let live.
This blog expresses my opinions. Of course as a writer I want to be read, so stick with me here if I am allowed to have an opinion. Otherwise you might want to skip the rest.
My dad one of the best men I have ever known loved animals. But when it came to medical help for a pet, if home help, logic and love didn’t help, then nature took its course. He taught me that Veterinarians were there to treat farm animals. Animals that helped feed and clothe families. Dad was raised on a farm. Dogs were mostly hunting dogs, others were pets. Some were both.
Dogs were also outside animals. Home protection, etc. Yeah I know these are older ideas and values. But it scares me when people start putting their pets on the level as ‘actual family members’. On the level with humans? I have loved dogs, birds, even cats, but I would never put their lives on the level of a brother or sister.
I have read here on the internet, “If it comes to affording medicine for me or hubby and the dog, the dog’s medicine comes first.” OUCH.
Is that fair to the children who might have to take care of you because you did not get your meds????
When that dog got so old, it was hurting and medicines were no longer any help the dog was ‘put down’ (true & I do not blame the person).
Will you treat Hubby, child, mama, or dad the same?
Of course not. (NOTE To my sons: remember that!)
I smile here in the RV parks, people pushing strollers with their puppies. Dogs want to exercise, need to walk and run. Some are too old and cannot and I understand it, but the most are young puppies and dogs.
After all that, I know you think I am a little sick. But I have a great dog book in the works that expresses my feelings and love for a dog much better.
Thanks for reading. Please come back, I promise to be better. Also if you disagree, feel free to express it here in a comment. We all have an opinion.
PS Now in this case, the dog may be the next of kin...
Never test the depth of the water with both feet.