Distorted Perspective

February 21, 2010 at 5:29 pm 12 comments

…you sure are

This excellent video was created by Retriever Rescue of Colorado.

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  • 1. Viatecio  |  February 21, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Excellent? That video is BRILLIANT. Major props to RRC for putting this together.

    And sadly, had more of an effect on me than those pukey “In the Arms of an Angel” PLS GIVE US $$$S commercials. I actually kind of choked up a bit.

  • 2. Luisa  |  February 21, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Terrific vid. But now I’m confused… isn’t the paradigm du jour supposed to be “blameless public — lazy, cruel shelter workers”? [worries about imminent head asplosion].

    Also: what Viatecio said. Loud, sappy ballads = closed tab.

  • 3. SmartDogs  |  February 21, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    ALL humans are evil.

    (Especially sappy dipwits who shill for high profile lobbying groups)

  • 4. Mongo  |  February 25, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    I choked up too.
    but I’m a little confused, too…..
    Human history has shown people who do not want dogs do not keep them around or treat them well- so if taking dogs to the shelter is wrong….they should just be dumped?… euthanized at home….???
    Isn’t taking unwanted dogs to the shelter a GOOD responsible thing to do?

  • 5. Viatecio  |  February 27, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    Mongo, I do agree that I’d rather see the dog go to a shelter for a second chance, but the video is taking a crack at WHY they’re getting rid of the dog.

    In at least a semi-ideal world, people would think twice about taking on a living thing (yes, that includes children) on an impulse decision. In that world, if they need to move, they’d take the time to find a place that ensures that living thing can stay with them and, in the case of a different species, they’d teach them how to be a good citizen in society (but seeing as how some seem to be having trouble doing that with children, maybe the whole “different species” thing is a bit of a stretch).

    Basically, it IS the better thing to send a dog to a shelter…but the reasons behind why it’s being done is becoming more and more like a list of excuses. Reason =/= Excuse

  • 6. Mongo  |  February 28, 2010 at 12:30 am


    I have a long histroy in rescue, and I agree that MANY of the excuses are just stupid.
    But all of the reasons are not. Wildly incomaptable breed needs, expensive health issues and lack of affordable housing availability are REAL reasons.
    Over the years I have learned its always a mistake to assume that everyone actually CHOSE the dog at their side on the street- many ended up with the dog by accident.
    (My ugly unplaceable ex-dumped lab mix comes to mind! My husband teases he makes me look more PC since cur rescue dogs are so hip.)

    Always funny though- every one wants to knock excuses for getting rid of a dog but no one wants to mention how irrational it is to even want to care one in the first place. LOL

    I don’t think there are “more” excuses- its just illegal to dump them and vets won’t euthanize healthy animals on request, so the folks have to say something when they get rid of the dog since more shelters are “ASKING WHY”.
    In our area, people usually say its a stray to get out of paying the $10 drop off fee. No questions asked.


  • 7. Viatecio  |  February 28, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    It always means more to hear it from someone who works in the rescue arena, and it’s far from a perfect world here. There will always be people dumping off dogs for whatever reasons, and it probably hurts all the more from the point of view of the rescuer to know that some of them are plain and simple BS.

    If I had the grant funding and time, I’d like to do a study on rescue surrenders that look into why the dog can’t stay anymore with the family. It would include taking demographic and economic information (stuff like names and any ID’ing info would be strictly confidential, although it still wouldn’t encourage honesty), just for information purposes and possible correlation studies in the future. It would be as inclusive as possible, from breed-specific rescues to county shelters in as many areas (affluent to dirt poor) as possible.

    Or maybe I should just see if there’s one out there already.

  • 8. Mongo  |  February 28, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    If you can find a recent one, please share it.
    Theres a 1990 study widely quoted that said people who spent over a $100 were more likely to keep the dog. l read the study- it also found that pets given as GIFTS (presumably to adults) were the least likely to be surrendered. A MUCH less quoted fact! LOL

    I think you’d find at the end of your (very cool, very interesting) study, you’d find and overriding theme-
    ” Its all in how you raise it”……..
    No respect for genetic differences, no respect for purebred dogs ability to perform tasks, no respect for dogs as ANIMALS- just silly mindless (useless) sponges who only want a humans LOVE. And who should only be asked to return love- and nothing else.

    Sadly, that is exactly the mindset of many rescue personel looking for placement of the dogs. So its hard to get answers.

  • 9. Mongo  |  February 28, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    One last thing-
    An interesting little survey you can do yourself-
    Open a newspaper, and find rentals in your budget and call asking if you can bring your Great Dane and/or Pit Bull mix.
    Nearly all places insist on running your credit before they consider your application, too. So just because they allow it does NOT mean you could move in.
    Include condos and modular home parks in your area.
    Try hotels too (in case you have a housefire).

    Many families have no idea how difficult it can be to relocate with a pet- until its too late.

  • 10. LoveMyPuppies  |  February 28, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    This AR nutjob/actually really nice/thoughtful person (at least I aspire to be) really likes the video.

  • 11. Mongo  |  February 28, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    just found this looking for that survey one I read- I’ll be plodding thru these as my heart allows-

  • 12. SmartDogs  |  February 28, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    Please share via link, comment – or guest post, if/when you come up with something meaty.

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