Monday, July 25, 2016

Pretty Flowers and Joining the Mainstream

Well shit. That post was really sad. So I promise, the next few posts will be nothing but pretty flowers, scenic vistas, and happy, playing puppies. 

This post will be a bit philosophical. I miss Marshal and I'm sad about what happened, but I'm not haunted by it the way I thought I would be. 

Every time I go over the events of the past few months, I see that I did do everything possible. 

If I could have had a few months with Marshal, doing TTouch and taking him to reactive dog and confidence building classes,  I think he could have been a good, reliable dog. But for whatever reason something happened in his relations with Fozzie and it was no longer safe to have him.

As far back as I can remember I have always been what you might call a deep ecologist. I believe that the earth and its creatures have intrinsic rights to exist and pursue well-being.

I still am that way, and I think the death penalty is no more appropriate for animals than it is for humans. 

I'd no more choose to get rid of a problem dog that way than I would to relieve myself of the burden of a troublesome relative by killing them. 

But I know now that there are limits. 

It is actually kind of a relief to have my thinking, at least in one department, closer to the culturally accepted norm. 

It's a lot of pressure to be so far outside the mainstream! 

Now I can just do completely normal things like daydream about Fozzie and Dahlia every moment I am away from them, 

spend hours massaging their paws, plan every vacation around their favorite activities, take slow-motion videos of them tongue kissing with Florian, and shop online for better-tasting dog toothpaste so they can improve their breath. 

Feels great to be normal!


  1. Lovely flowers, lovely thoughts.

  2. Keep healing - you are tackling a tough situation with amazing grace.
    Love Noodles

  3. I know the feeling, when I lost Brut, I lost the aggressor of the pack and I was relieved that I didn't have to deal with fights anymore. Now I get a chance to be normal too. It is refreshing.

    Beautiful thoughts. Take care!

  4. There IS a grey area...Just sayin'...Sending hugs and rottie kisses!

  5. So pretty. The colors are amazing
    Lily & Edward

  6. The flowers are beautiful and I hope you are healing and feeling better. Im with you, I hate the death penalty for animals and for people. However, I know you did what you needed to do

    retro rover

  7. It is hard and tough. Its cos you have such a good heart. stella rose

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  9. I'm the same way on most things and I know what you mean about *sometimes* it being a relief when you realise you can be part of the mainstream.

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