Dredges of Humanity

Three Dogs?

So I’ve been thinking lately that dealing with rescue dogs is like dealing with the dredges of humanity.  I worked in Welfare for nine and a half years. It wasn’t really all that bad, but I did get burned out, and I did tend to think everyone was like welfare recipients.  Many of the people do work hard to get out of the system, but so many are generational welfare recipients that it’s just bad.  I don’t know how it is now, I’ve been out of it for over 10 years, but still…

Anyway so dealing in rescue is seeing the crap side of people. We see the dogs who were abused by awful, horrible people. I just play with and snuggle Jet and love him and teach him stuff and I just can’t imagine anyone being mean to a little puppy like him. How awful! How an anyone hit or punish a four month old puppy for just being a puppy! It makes me so mad!

So now that I’m not doing rescue anymore hopefully I’ll start seeing the happier dogs more. And happy dogs come from happy people. Not abusers. If you abuse animals, you most likely will abuse humans too. I’m tired of sticking my head under the quagmire of human filth and abuse and staring at the dogs there. It’s time to face the sun and see all the happy dogs.

I told my husband we needed to buy a trailer or an RV and, when I retire, take a few months and just travel and go to some trials. Maybe go take some orlando vacations in the warm sun. I would love to do that. I still have some years to go, though. But hopefully it’ll happen!

4 thoughts on “Dredges of Humanity”

  1. I couldn’t agree with you more Cynthia. I’ve been involved just a little in bird rescue and it’s the same thing. I do not understand how people can mistreat any animal, it just boggles my mind. My boy dog, Axl, is a rescue dog. He cowers every time I raise my hand or raise my voice. I have no idea what happened to him but it breaks my heart when I see him scared like that. He’s slowly learning that I won’t hit him even when I get mad at him 🙂
    .-= Flo´s last blog ..Decisions, decisions…. =-.

  2. I understand, but seeing them start to play, laugh, run and be dogs – to glow – is still worth it. I spent ten years as an animal rights journalist and that was too much for me but rescue is – to me – like finding the pot of gold at the end of every rainbow.

  3. Cynthia, you’re in Utah? There’s a group of us Utah positive trainers trying to get a hold of one another. I’d love to be in contact with you privately, if possible. My contact info. is on my website.

    I love reading your training stories. I need to get going on some creative stuff with my new dog, now. You’ve inspired me 😀

    1. Hi Alyssa… I’m not an official trainer that trains other people, just my own dogs. 🙂 And I do admit I use some correction in my training. Though it’s mild and just to give the dogs information. 🙂

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