Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Doggish Blogstuff

In a post forthrightly called "Nannying Idiots Continue to ignore real problems", Patrick starts with the case of someone arrested for docking a terrier tail in England and then gets REALLY wound up.

"Women are getting breast implants or breast reductions, and men are getting hair transplants and scalp reductions.

"Noses are bobbed, fat is sucked out, teeth are capped, botox is injected, and ears are being pierced, ringed, barbelled, and pinned.

"Ever been to a PETA rally? If you look around, you will see a lot of metal hanging out of nostrils, off of eye brows, or rammed through tongues. Every other girl will be showing off her "tramp stamp" tattoo on the small of her back. God only knows what you might find ringed, belled and pierced if you were foolish enough to ever see one of these PETA lunatics standing before you naked. The mind shudders.

"Consider PETA spokes-idiot Pamela Anderson, who not only married the walking Erector Set known as Tommy Lee, but who also got her own body repeatedly tucked, sucked, injected, lifted, dyed, bobbed, and implanted. And these people are worried about a ten-second tail nip? What on earth for?"

On a slightly more serious note, Eric at Classical Values ponders doggish souls:

"It strikes me that there cannot be a definitive answer to whether dogs have souls until there is a definitive answer to whether humans have souls. But I think if we do, then they do. When you spend fifteen years together with a loyal being, and the familiarity, intimacy, and emotional interdependence develops and deepens, that's real life you've got invested. Life lived. A dog becomes a part of you, and you become a part of that dog. I can't prove souls, but I am convinced that if we've got 'em. they've got 'em."


Mark said...

"...if we've got 'em, they've got 'em."

Amen, brother.

Anonymous said...

To be honest, I don't really care much about what people decide to do with or to their own bodies of their own free will as consenting adults, and I think it's quite besides the point.

What I do find mind-boggling though, is that it's still legal to "dock the tails" of small boys without any say in the matter, even as the myth of the medical, hygenic and sexual benefits of circumsicion has long since been busted (unlike tail docking for working hunting dogs).

But some people just don't seem to be able to get their heads around the fact that it might actually be preferrable - even kinder - to dock a dog's tail at an early age to prevent debilitating injuries from arising in the first place, rather than be forced to amputate its fully developed and sensitive tail later on. See Phantom Limb Pain for more information, if you're not already familiar with this phenomenon. But then again, the very same people would probably rather see all springer spaniels doing agility than what comes natural to them (HUNT!!!). Go figure...