I have been most disappointed in the attitude of SOME country people - and I would like to emphasise the word SOME, because there is good and bad in every corner of the world. Anyway, back to the subject. As an example I will outline 2 different incidents and would value your opinion.
1stly, I had a man come to my house to lay some vinyl, a requirement if one likes to have her dogs indoors. I had a couple of dogs outside with me and I start a conversation with him; he then proceeds to tell me that he had a chihuahua that had bit him on a couple of occasions but he no longer had her; I had to ask him if this chihuahua had ever bitten his wife and he said that she didn't; I then asked him if he found her another home and he responded, ever so defiant, "NO, I drowned her in the laundry sink." I was hoping for a few seconds that he would respond with a chuckle for having me on but nope, he was serious. I was disgusted and shocked and asked what his wife thought of that and he said that she agreed!!! I could feel my cheeks turn bright red but decided to maintain my composure although I did say that there was no need to be so cruel. He then pops outside to grab some tools and my jack russell grabs him by the jeans near his ankles and he becomes extremely agitated, promptly packs all his tools and leaves; I apologised profusely and grabbed my jack russel and crate him but this man was adamant that he wasn't going to stay another moment.
Another incident; A man comes to my house to replace my gas cylinders which are empty and he sees my dogs and tells me that he once owned a couple of chihuahuas but he no longer had them; of course I had to ask what had happened to them. He said that the responsibility to look after them was left up to him and his wife after the kids lost interest and so he shot and buried them and yes, his wife once again agreed. I had to ask as to why he couldn't take the time to find them a loving home and he said that he had tried (bulls...) but that people wanted them for nothing so since he had to pay for them he wasn't going to let them go for nothing.
These things really do upset me and I shudder to think of what goes on behind closed doors!
I dont knowmif it is "county folk" per say...i think it is just at some point..if you talk to people you will hear it all...over time i have heard just about everything..drowning, shooting...droping them off..and they dont see any thing wrong with it..thats the kicker...its sad...tragic really...but...some are just not pet people...and they are just a passing fancy...they get too nippy, costly, bothersome...they do away with them...in some way...I have pets and it is a give I am an animal lover..and animials usually come up in the begining of all estimate talks..if some one says a rude comment..Ill not contract with them..a appliance repairman...i try not to push things...conversations can be so over rated...
I always keep my dogs crated or gated away from all people who come to my house...even my best manered girl...ended up nipping my sister 2 times when she vistied..she had pups..and she was fixing my earrings..and she hurt me..Inka snaped her...I do not condone biting btw..but...she did hurt me..and she had never before or since done this...She is really bonded to me..so..I guess the deal is..dont hurt me...lol..but...since then...i dont trust any of them...they think they are protecting..
I am from the deep South, and I have to say that I disagree. It is not "country folk" that behave this way; it is just stupid, cruel individuals. All the "country folk" I know cherish their animals and respect the environment that provides them with their income though farming. There are some bad apples in rural areas, just as there are in urban areas. There are nutcases all over the world, not just out in the country. From my experience, people out in the country are kinder, more laid-back people with good family values.
You really do like to post contraversial things that categorize people and end up pissing them off.
BTW-Gunny, this attitude does not arise from being from a rural area. These people are nutcases, but they are not this way simply because they are from rural areas.
I grew up in a rural area and I am certainly not like this.
***Edited By: Cinnaeve on 1/31/2006 12:59:08 AM*** Reason: add
i agree with Cinnaeve. there are good and bad in all walks of life. i dont think it has anything to do with whether or not they are city or country folk. i am country folk and love my animals. i would feel the same about them if i lived in the city. i dont know why some people are so cruel . its sad.
Where you live, where you come from, rich or poor has nothing to do with it. There are people that are poor that have values and class and there are rich that haven't a clue. Class comes from inside and there is alot of it lacking all over. I have seen people walk the walk and talk the talk and people as poor as Job's turkey had more class in their little finger than some with money to burn. Its what's inside that counts. Sounds like these two has it lacking upstairs as well. Poor little dogs that have to be subjected to such ignorant and cruelity. They are the ones I feel sorry for. You can be in this life what you want to be and maybe some choose to stay in ignorance.
Cinnaeve - I am not trying to be controversial at all. I am sorry if I have offended country people, I guess there is good and bad everywhere and animal cruelty is to be found in every nook and cranny. This isn't to say that city folks are saints, of course there are cruel people to be found in the city just as well. I guess perhaps the difference between country and city people is that country people may be more open about what they get up to, city people may be a bit more sly, who knows; all I can say is that I have only heard this straight from the horse's mouth since I have been living in the country. Farmers, though, wouldn't think twice about shooting a dog if it doesn't prove its worth, that is if it doesn't herd cattle or sheep properly.
Here is another incident that took place about a week ago; a couple of my dogs occasionally go to my neighbour's paddock and he is fine with that as they don't attack his cattle (he owns 5 cows) but another neighbour often sees this and has gone to the cattle owner whinging and whining that he is going to shoot my dogs if they keep on going there. This had been going on about 3 times so I decided that I would talk to this fellow once and for all. I drove over to his place and had a chat to him and discovered that he had shot several dogs who have found themselves in his property even though they had done nothing wrong! On a few other occasions he has shot them in the thigh knowing they would then head off home and subsequently waited to see if the dog's owner would go over to his place and complain but apparently nobody has done this. He also told me that he had gotten rid of his own maremma sheepdog and when I asked what he meant by that he said that he had shot her and had thrown her in the compost bin!! These are facts and I am NOT trying to be controversial but you can understand how I feel; I have only been in the country for 18 months and have heard all sorts of stories and as an avid animal lover, Cinnaeve, I am very upset by all this.
***Edited By: Cassandra on 1/31/2006 1:19:02 AM*** Reason: added a word.
Cassandra if you want to fight join a wrestling team. I am from the country and you really piss me off by starting your post With COUNTRY FOLK.If you are not trying to start something you would have left that part off. There are alot of cruel city people out there. I know this because I am raising the dogs that they have dumped out at my house.
lol @ gunny And your right Sandybabies! Funny, cause this 'country folk' have found cruelty and ignorance issues with many people, country, city, white collar, blue collar, never one certain 'walk of life' I might have a prefernce between them though...depends...where do you live Cassandra?
It seems you will be blasted if you keep going at the rate you are right now. Maybe since your very first post on this site was telling people how lazy they were for not using spell check and now this one telling us how cruel we are is a good way to get blasted. Not all farmers are cruel. You are very mistaken dear . Guess you are a city slicker
Having to tiptoe around every word is getttttting rather tiresome! Is there a part of the english language that you don't understand?
I said that not all country folks are cruel and the same can be said about farmers. You will find that there may be the ODD farmer that is loving and caring to animals but the MAJORITY are not and I am talking from experience not just for the fun of it, get it now? PHEW!!