I'm not normally all that religious, but it just occurs to be that this is a very apt time to be contemplating Otis having his innocent life taken.
We all know it's about to happen, but we're none of us doing anything to stop it.
Emma just sent me this email.
"I have read that a lot of people have advised to have Otis PTS because of his aggression with other dogs. Is this because he is a staffie/bullbreed or because they think that every dog-aggressive dog should be euthanased? Does it matter that he is a very loyal companion to a human or do they (like many misadvised people) think that it is 'cruel' to keep a dog on its lead? Staffies are very urban dogs and seem quite content as long as they are with their handler.
"Do they think that dog-aggressive Greyhounds should be euthanased? I had a Greyhound for 10 years who was dog aggressive (except to his own pack) and he spent most of his life on a lead with a muzzle on. He led a very fulfilled life and was my soulmate. What about dogs that attack/kill cats or smaller caged animals? What makes their lives any less important than that of another dog?
"Here is a short video clip to show why I am trying so hard to save this boy. Feel free to crosspost it onto your forums and then maybe people can actually see how people friendly he is and why it would be such a waste of a loving dog's life. "
Yesterday I got an email from someone warning me to be careful - that Otis looks like a Pit Bull. Deep sigh. I suspect that in medieval times he'd have been going around pointing fingers at women with long straggly hair and warts and saying they were witches, too. Just for society's protection of course.
I have to say I am deeply uncomfortable with a society that doesn't help an animal in need just because of the way it looks. That gives up on a living creature because it isn't quite perfect. Convinces themselves it's better off dead.
It's not such a massive leap to start killing the old people, the disabled, the red heads, the people of different race. Hitler found quite a few people to agree with him, just because a lot of people start saying 'kill' it doesn't make it right.
Enjoy your Hot Cross buns this weekend - would Jesus have had a Staffie cross?
Stop Press: Just heard from Em - more than 50 rescue orgs contacted so far, all with no space for Otis.
The next two in the queue at the pound:
Damian is a Staffie x English Bull Terrier BT who was abandoned at a vets because the owners thought that he may attack the kids iafter seeing Casualty. He is only about four months old and completely adorable. He is good with other dogs, great with kids and seems fine with cats.
Then there is Jenny. She is about six years old and a Staffie. Absolutely great with kids and makes a noise similar to a Pot Bellied Pig when she is rolling in the grass in the sunshine. She is rubbish with other dogs, but so affectionate and loving with people. Some people came to view her, let their toddler fuss her for over half an hour and then announce that they would not be able to adopt her because Staffies attack people.
Email Em for more details: AdrS@aol.com