Pet Haves....and Have Nots
Do you get those pet-product catalogs in the mail?
I just got one from Drs. Foster and Smith, as I've ordered things from them in the past. I enjoy leafing through it and seeing all the wild things available for pets--strollers, booties, rain coats and the more practical products like beds, bowls and grooming products.
But when I look at all the stuff, I think about how Americans spend BILLIONS annually on their pets--while so many pets have nothing and are chained in yards or are euthanized in shelters. I don't understand why in a country full of pet lovers who spend big bucks on their pets, that more don't help local shelters with donations.
Now, I hate people who tell me I should "take care of people" with my time and money, as they are more important. I get that from religious people most of all. That really ticks me off. They love to elevate themselves as so noble and righteous because they "put people first," and since they created God in their own imagine,they think they are superior spiritually. Now, I'm a believer, but one of the things I belive about God is that "he" has been given human qualities by simple who take religious teachings too literally, which is always a recipe for disaster and does more harm than good. You've got to get past the literal to get to the lesson. Literal is easy; probing for real meaning is harder. Literalism and fundamentalism makes it easier for con artists to control the flock, too, in any religion. Just look around if you don't believe me.
I believe there are many needs in this world and people have different talents and interests, which covers all the bases, and that's a good thing. To each his own,a motto everyone should live by, especially holier-than-thou fake politicians. But I digress.
I also believe people have a right to do with their money what they want to and its no one else's business. But it still can bother me, when millionaires and billionaires get their dogs, say, a real diamond-studded collar worth thousands, when a fraction of that cost could help SO many animals in a local shelter.
But I guess we all do the same thing on a lesser level. Do my pets need all those toys, beds, treats, etc? Why not get the basics and give more to shelters? I think its something we all need to think about, but as I said, everyone has a right to spend their money as they see fit.
I just wonder why there aren't more stars and well-known people who support animals in bigger ways, like building building a shelter or something. I know if I had MILLIONS, that's what I'd do, because I'd still have millions left over, and how many millions do you need, really? But I've also noticed that the richest people in the world are often the tightest--that's how they got rich. Of course, not all of them, but a good portion.
I also wonder why more pet-lovers don't donate more to shelters--even a little, because a little goes a long way. I'm talking about those who can afford it.
So, how do you feel about Americans buying all kinds of crazy things for their pets and spending so much money on STUFF, and at the same time, millions of pets are killed every year in shelters and private shelters hang by a thread for lack of donations? That goes for all kinds of needs in society--people spend lots of money on stupid things.
I guess it's all just the human condition. Any guilt out there?
Picture above is my friend in PA's cat, Tigger, dressed up as Santa for his first Christmas with the family. He looks very pleased, doesn't he, like he just LOVES getting manhandled, dressed in human clothes, and paraded before a camera.
posted by Sandy at 10/17/2007 11:30:00 AM