Well, I went to the vet today with my rescue Lilly to confirm her pregnancy and while there I was floored! There was a lady who had her 4 kids (nothing against kids as I have 5 of my own) and they said they found a female cat who had 4 kittens in her garage. Well, I'm glad she could save them all she said she bottle fed the babies for 3 weeks so far? Anyways I was floored as to how she was allowing these kids handle the kittens. They were just holding them by their tiny little necks and one little boy had one hanging by its very tiny paws. Well, of course I had to open my mouth as I am not the type to see animals in danger and just keep quiet or ignore it. So I firmly told the children and the mother that it was great she saved them and cared enough to help but if her children don't know how to hold them correctly then they shouldn't be able to until someone shows her the correct way. Well, if looks could kill! But ya know some adults need as much training as children. I can tell you for me and my kids which range from 5-12 yrs of age, I made it a point when I first started rescueing animals that first they respect them and their space and also that if they wanted to hold them I had to be right next to them and made sure they knew how correctly. I don't understand that if this lady was kind enough to save these babies then why not keep them safe from harm too? She did be responsible and make a spay appt. for mama and she also is keeping mom cat but she was finding homes for the 4 kittens, I made sure I gave her my number in case she needed any help in finding proper homes for them and told her somethings to ask and suggested she do them out on a contract that they were to be fixed also as to not have more babies coming...Thanks for letting me vent.
People and their kids is a REALLY touchy subject. I don't have any of my own (human ones, anyway) but I know for sure that if I had some stranger telling my kids how to behave in public, I'd also give them the stare of death.
I can relate it to something that happened to me, just today as a matter of fact:
I was walking across Carlton street with Molly in heel right beside me, when in the opposite direction, along came a cRaZy looking lady carrying bags and bags of bags (the bags had bags inside of them) and her three dogs, all tethered to her by different types of leashes and to different parts of her body (one to her beltloops, one to the buggy she was pushing and one in her hand). Naturally, this cRaZy woman wanted to stop and "say hi" to Molly. (SIDE NOTE) I walk Molly with a choke chain - rarely ever have to use it, but when she has it on, she knows she's to heel nicely, sit at all cross walks, and "ask" to say hi to strangers. It also keeps her darting into the busy city streets after stray leaves) Molly did her usual look up and "ask" if it's okay to say hi, I said "okay" and Molly took to hand-sniffing. All of a sudden: "You should tell Daddy that you don't want a choke chain - they're real mean, and unnessessary" I thought to myself, "Lady, if I wanted an opinion, I'd ask for one", but it came out: "Pfft, Molly, come" and I walked away.
Catdogmom, HYSTERICAL!!!! I have to remember that. I also walk Rocky with a choke collar. He is very very strong, but like JRT, when he gets that collar on he walks, different, behaves etc. My problem, is I am way too slow, I always think later "I should have said". Your response is being filed into my memory bank for my use, how you don't mind.
JRT sorry, didn't mean to get off subject, I know how you feel. Just think ignorance, I do.
I use a halti collar for my shorthair. He walks so much nicer. Anyway I actually passed a woman pushing a stoller who hollered at me from the other side of the road "if you have to use a muzzle for your dog you should have to get rid of him." A muzzle! His feaking tounge was hanging outta his mouth! I wanted to tell her that her husband should try a muzzle...
It's all Fun and games until someone loses an eye!