Monday, October 8, 2012
I did get one nasty comment about my last post about Seven. Sometimes a comment is nasty just to be mean, but other times it is a valid misunderstanding and if one person posts it, ten other people are thinking the same thing. Brad, I think your comment was a little of both, but in response, I am allowed to complain. If your greyhound eats your favorite underwear*, has separation anxiety, or gets cancer, it is okay for you to hate all of those things and still love and appreciate your greyhound. I would even listen to you complain with a sympathetic ear because I understand things like that can be frustrating, disappointing, and/or sad.
I am not a bad person just because I complained about things that affect whether or not my dogs could "perform". In fact, you disrespect my dogs by suggesting they "perform". They are not circus animals. My greyhounds are my partners, my teammates. Your comment implies that agility is one sided and for my amusement only. Agility is a dance and mutually beneficial. When we are flawless, the feeling is awesome. It is addictive, but it is addictive to my hounds also. Yes, I'm disappointed when one of my hounds retires early, but I will probably live another 50 years and there will be other dogs in my lifetime. But I am especially saddened that early retirement is a life sentence for the dog. Seven loves agility and I do not wish to keep her from it for the next 8 years. To suggest that Seven only needs love is insulting to the clever, busy, hard working, tireless dog that she is.
*The underwear reference was an attempt at humor. Thought I would point it out, Brad, since you missed the humor in my "drama queen" reference.
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