Me and My Shadow By Dragon
I know it is hard to believe that I would put my own picture on the blog, wearing glasses no less. Right, Skeeter? But, when it comes down to showing how me and my Shadow surf the Internet together, I couldn’t resist. As you can see, my Shadow enjoys reading over my shoulder. She says the angle is better there than reading from my lap. Less glare.
Now, I want to tell you all about the story that really captured Shadow’s attention, that she wanted me to share with the Pet People. We were reading The Tennessean, Nashville’s newspaper, to keep up on current events. We always love to read the Letters to the Editor, because those folks in Nashville don’t have a lick of sense. It’s always good for a laugh.
But, tonight, Shadow saw a letter that saddened her terribly. After all the wonderful people she has met in her short life, even including the Crazy Lady, she couldn’t believe there are horrible humans that think pets aren’t people too. I am pasting the letter below for you all to read:
"Valuing pets over humans is shameful"
It says a lot about the direction our country is going that while 40 million people are without health-care coverage, employers are increasingly paying for insurance coverage to provide health benefits for pets of employees ("More employers offer health insurance for pets," Jan. 18) Veterinary Pet Insurance, the nation's largest pet insurer, reports that pet insurance for health care is growing, and that about 15 percent of their pet insurance policies are funded by corporate accounts. It may be that corporations must be allowed to make their own rules on issues like this, but that doesn't mean that there should not be a public outcry over the inhumanness of this trend. The shame of their actions scars us all. Said simply, I find it immoral to value animal care more than the care of human beings in our health-care system no matter who is paying the bills.
GXX TXXXXXXXXX (name was changed to protect the ignorant)
As for me myself, I was taken aback by the fact that companies would provide pet insurance for their employees. After all, many companies don’t offer coverage for the employees, let alone pets. If my company offered pet insurance, heck yeah I’d take it. I have 2 dogs, 4 cats, and 1 wife to take care of. I need all the help I can get.
But, Shadow pointed out to me that wasn’t the point of the letter that bothered her. It was the writer’s attitude about “inhumanness” of providing for pets. Why does it always have to be either or? Why can’t humans take care of each other AND their four legged brethren? You never find a pet lover saying that people should forsake feeding starving children just to feed a stray pet. Shadow thinks that says a lot about the character of pet lovers versus the other type of people.
So, I’m curious now. I guess I have heard of it, but I‘ve never known much about it. Do any of you Pet People have pet insurance? If so, where did you get it and how much does it cost? What kinds of things does it cover? Illness, injuries, vaccines, surgeries? Say, for example, if a pet were to have a bad landing from a CAT-A-PULT throw, would it cover that?
This is a personal note to my sister, who I introduced to the Pet People world recently. You need to sign up and register, so that you can post comments with us here. I already have a screen name for you: Fat Mama.
posted by dragon at 1/22/2008 07:10:00 PM