Friday, December 30, 2005

Happy New Year, Ice Train

A follow-up on a story I mentioned a couple posts ago:

Ice Train (formerly known as "Nobie") has been adopted.

The story actually raises a couple of issues, as far as I'm concerned.

First, dogs shouldn't be gifts to others. I guess it seems easy to say to yourself, "Joe needs a pup. It would complete his life." But as independent as I am, I'd have major problems if Alpha and Beta weren't here to let me in and out of the house, and get the food out of the closet, and drive me around on errands. Sure, I can drive, but straight lines are a problem, especially when I see a rabbit. Or a cow. Or a suspicious-looking tree. So it's just better if I let one of them do it. And then there's the case of Ankle-Biter. He can't even get on or off the bed by himself for those few minutes of pack-time every night.

Now, I most certainly understand gifting your child with a pup. Kids and pups just seem to go together, as long as your space allows roaming room for both. Chances are excellent that you know your child well enough to recognize whether it will be appropriate or not. And are willing and able to take up the slack when your child lapses.

Second, this Siberian husky got his purebred heinie frozen to the railroad tracks. You can imagine how my impression of purebred smarts went up after that.

No, if you must give an animal gift, give me a nice, fat, one-step-too-slow squirrel. Or rabbit.


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2 Comments:

Blogger "Ms. Cornelius" said...

Thank you so much for your blog, and thanks for reading mine. Happy New Year to you and yours.

Bark, bark. Woof, woof.

1:34 PM  
Blogger Bonnie4T said...

I still say that there is something wrong with this story. A dog gets "stuck" by his "hinie" to a train track and someone finds him and rescues him "just in time" before a blasting locomotive veers out of the dark with impending doom.!!
The couple, given the dog really didn't want him. The man of the house "lost him" when he escaped, and somehow, someway, this pup ends up on a railroad track with his hind end stuck there.
Are dogs that stupid? No way-- I know that Amerloc's dog would never ever stand, or sit, for anything unless rendered helpless. Something happened to this poor pup. He was put in "harms" way by someone, and I believe it may have been the cruel new owner, and the pup was left to his own fortitude. Survive or die!!! Thank God someone rescued him, poor blue-eyed dog, and thank God someone will now love him. Hopefully he will forget that moment of being "stuck" in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Accidents do happen, but this brutality was inflicted by a person that should never have an animal, much less a child. Just my opinion, Amer.

6:59 PM  

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