May 08, 2004

Running Infidel Dogs

One thing I resisted doing all day was looking at the slide show linked by Tim Blair (via Florida Cracker) about the rescue dogs employed on September 11.

Partly because--maybe wholly because--well, see, I'm not a "dog person." But I don't think you have to be, number one; and number two, I try not to look at it like that. I try to look at it like this: There are people who appreciate animals in their proper context and then . . . well, and then there's PETA, who wants you to have sex with your fully-emancipated "companion animals.".

But factoring out PETA for a minute and concentrating on the rest of us, I figure it's this way: Dogs? Cats? Ferrets? Iguanas? Hamsters?--It don't matter. There are "animal people," and then . . . and then there are nonanimal people. I have both types of people in my life, and we all get along, mostly.

But eventually I read this impassioned comment:

It wasn't just rescue dogs!

I live upstate and medical facilities, doctors, nurses, etc were all being mobilized. My mom, a retired nurse, was called and asked to standby for the expected thousands of injured.

Hospitals from Syracuse, Utica, Rome, etc were all poised to spring into action and when it became clear that NO ONE was coming out of there, the depression here was palpable.

And now I'm thinking I'd like to grant dog lovers this: I think in general, your pets are superior to mine--and mind you, I love my cats.

But for empathy? For feeling what you're feeling? For following human beings into whatever moods strike them, suckerpunch them, envelop them?

Nothing beats a dog.

Posted by Ilyka at May 8, 2004 09:10 AM in hell is other people

Ilyka: just a tip, you can link directly to individual comments on Tim's blog - the posted-on date is the permalink.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at May 8, 2004 06:41 PM

Just think about movies - if a dog is killed, that's 12 times worse than the death of a person...almost a "how could they" reaction.


Posted by: hln at May 12, 2004 04:10 AM