Humans label things.
Aggressive, Pre-dosposed to fight, Dangerous-dog.
We take one look at an animal to deem its future. Even as the people responsible for educating people against stereotyping we become the first perpetrators of it.
If we aren’t their voices; what right do we have to take actions on their behalf?
Why do we assume the right of being judge, jury and executioner without being fair and biased?
This Rottweiler was marked aggressive because he went after an Animal Control Officer who had just entered it’s yard.
Imagine what goes through the head of a dog who has been kept to protect the owners territory when a person shows up in a yard dressed like this.
Huge sunglasses to cover their eyes. A cap to cover their face. A big dog-pole in their hand. Wearing a uniform that some dogs recognize.
The dog attacks- and then backs off. All dogs do this; they always back off because they are COWARDS.
So he gets put on the Euthanasia list but someone calls to adopt him last minute and he gets pulled off the list. Then they are told he is aggressive (by us) and they back off, so he’s back on the E-list. Then by the weirdest stroke of luck we run out of blue juice to put him down because he’s a staggering 120 Lbs. and now is the last one on the list.
Lucky you would say; well then you can say it again.
So next morning he’s on the list again- but the rescue group has worked all night to find him a foster already, so he gets pulled off the list for a 3rd time in 24 hours.
Now you can call him a Lucky Bastard.
Because two days later- This is his new home and his new life. Filled with joy and love.
Then we have Ryder. Abandoned at a house by the owner.
He’s been without food and water for a few weeks. So when the police show up to get him, he charges them. What do you expect from a very very high energy dog that hasn’t eaten for days and is still guarding his territory.
But the way our society works is this- Once the law enforcement labels him as aggressive – he is deemed aggressive and has lost his chance at life.
We all STEREOtype- It’s only when it happens to us that we get angry.
When we are called Black, Brown, Cheap, Flirts,Callous, Hardened, White-trash, Rednecks etc etc we get angry. Only when the shoe is on the other paw we stop caring.
So Ryder was on the E-list.
So I found him a place and pulled him.
So everybody at the shelter called me crazy. Even my friends doubted Ryder.
But I had faith and a lot of hope.
So this is Ryder today.
We need to be their voice. We need to allow for some of their screw ups; just like errant kids do sometimes.
We don’t send our children to the gallows every-time they fight or say something nasty.
Then why would we STEREOtype against these poor dogs who don’t even understand the implications of their actions.
Why can’t we just be more tolerant and FAIRER.