Imagine two people watching a house burn down. The first one says, “Hey! That House is burning down!! Somebody do something!!”. The second person, without hesitation, charges toward the building, shouting as he runs, “Call the Fire Department! I’m going in to help!”.
One of those people is a hero. The other person is…well, come up with your own word. Suffice it to say, they will be absolutely no help because they want somebody else to accomplish what they feel needs to be accomplished in as big a hurry as possible.
Sadly, this happens in the dog world all the time, and if we can begin to recognize it, we can end it once and for all.
Once again, I find fertile soil on Facebook. The German Shepherd Dog Community is quite arguably the most visited and visited page there. The creator and owner is Cheryl Goede, a dog handler, trainer, mother, wife, and all around good egg. I don’t envy her role as the Big Cheese on that page of nearly half a blessed million people. They can be testy, and argumentative. Happy and encouraging. Pissy and whiney. Sometimes all in the same thread!!!! One thing is certain, those people are divided into those who DO, and those who believe that someone else should be the DOER. Sadly, the division is along certain lines that need to make peace and co-exist in a manner more productive..
This post was born as the argument raged about posting pictures of badly abused dogs, on the page. First of all, we are all against any such abuse of any dog (or cat, or hamster, or any other creature) Aren’t we? The people… no… the demons spawn that do such things to helpless dogs, don’t hang around these sites celebrating their animals like the rest of us do. They hide in dank, stinking, cellars and sheds doing what they do…achieving whatever sick and perverted pleasure that they derive from being So who’s arguing?
The two groups break roughly into the committed Rescuers, and those who just want to see other people’s German Shepherds in positive situations. The Rescuers, (admittedly a very general description, NOT meant as an insult) want to see the photographs of every abused animal, no matter how horrifying. They feel that this type of shock quality is the fodder that will press people into taking action against this admitted abomination. The other half, although willing to report and offer aid to any of these abused animals, would prefer to keep the graphic and nauseating photo’s off the page.
I have two salient points that I would like to offer. From the Point-of-View of one that thinks these images do no good: Isn’t it just a bit more than possible that such Sick Miscreants hover around these pages just for the purpose of seeing people react to their atrocities?? These people treat such displays as pornography, and the displaying of them just encourages such behavior to continue!!! Don’t let them enjoy seeing everyone carry on about their handy work!!! You’re only feeding their desire to be famous!!! And you know what? If they get a reaction one time, the next time they’ll be forced to do something worse…These types of mental aberrations only get worse with notoriety. Displaying the photos plays right into their twisted desires. Again, to quote the inimitable Pogo Possum, “We have seen the enemy and he is us.” Stop these sicko’s in their path by NOT rewarding them with attention.
My second point is this: Why do some always feel that it’s someone else’s responsibility to take action? The argument on GSDC began because a few thought that these pictures being banned from that page was an affront to the cause. Why can’t we all just take responsibility to ourselves, and take action? Why should somebody else always have to be the spear point of your cause? You know why, right? Because people are lazy…
Somebody posted that this, “This page has the potential to be a powerful force in advocating for animal welfare, as well as raising awareness AND funds for abused and neglected animals. It just seems a waste to relegate this page to the status of a virtual bulletin board for happy people to post cute pictures of their doggies.”
There were other similar comments suggesting that this particular FB page was irresponsible for not posting such photo’s, and using the power of its readership to fight THEIR fight for them. Well guess what? Setting up a Facebook page to support whatever cause celebre’ you can think of is as easy as…well, setting up a Facebook page!!! Why won’t people get off their whiney hineys and take action. Be the Change They Seek. Create your own powerhouse of a site that dedicates itself to the defense of abused animals!!!! NOBODY is standing against you, and it’s my sincere belief that many will support your page with whatever info you believe works. Not every page is suited to that type of display, and you have no right to demand that type of change for them. GO! Create such a page and do GOOD work in behalf of the abused animals. We all support the idea, and you just may find that you possess the power and the ability to create the change We all want to see!!!
In conclusion, we are all on the same side in this issue. Lets make peace, and get to work on what needs to happen, TOGETHER.