Animals make us human
I don't get it. With the world in so much trouble, why the constant controversy about dogs?
The solution to animal issues is responsible guardians. Temple Grandin, in her wonderful book, " Animals Make Us Human" (which I believe is essential reading), talks about the core system of a dog's brain being similar to emotional parts of the human brain. They need socializing, mentoring, exercise, play, comfort and "responsible parents," as she calls humans.
Dogs who are alone all day, outside in a fenced yard, or around aggression, will respond with what Grandin calls "PANIC" when faced with anxiety or too much isolation.
The voiceless ones are a gift in any community. I'd like to see positive changes, such as teaching kids about their care, offering a portion of the farmers market for them to visit, instead of being in a hot summer house all day.
I'd like to see more budget for animal control in emergencies, close assessment of adoptions and more neighbors reporting abuse when they see and hear it.
I just wish people would understand that dogs are devoted and, as in any species, s**t happens. Let's not project all our dark fears and frustrations onto the dogs. In fact, people seem to be the attacking animals. So, let's get back to the huge problems of a world desperately needing more kindness, healthcare, food, jobs, help with parenting, homes, education, safety and fair taxes. Hey, we might have a lot less do-do if we had something positive to do.
Katy Byrne, MA, MFT