Sarah Grant

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Not for the Faint of Heart

May 18, 2012 1 comments

Tags: Sarah grant, Animals.

This post is going to be a bit of a Debbie Downer. Honestly, if I was you, I would turn away now. But, when scanning my mind of the things that have affected me in the last week, I can't help but be barraged by a certain sadness. Anyone who knows me knows I am an avid animal lover. To my own detriment sometimes. I support animal shelters more than people I think. Heath always gives me hell for this but, I feel the animals have the best hearts and the least ability to change their surroundings.
The week started awesome. Heath and I went to see an Elvis impersonator at the Hilton (or what used to be the Hilton). On our way out of the show, I crossed paths with this little treasure.

I was commenting how i hope the dog has a good quality of life even though he is a bit of a kitchy show dog.
The next day the Humaine Society sent me this video about a certain kind of show horses.

I had heard about this kind of terrible training before. Someone mentioned it in a documentary I just watched called Buck whom they based The Horse Whisperer after.

Buck showed such a grace in the human and animal connection. It made me feel so good to see a human have a healthy love and respect for his animals. I've seen several things about relationships between animals and people that are so heart warming.
On Tuesday I watched a documentary called Mine which really demonstrated that bond. And yet it also exposed some fundamental problems with our system. During Katrina dogs were not allowed at the hotels or shelters. Thus, people were just forced to leave their dogs there to drown or starve. I couldn't believe the beaurocratic nightmare these dog owners were enduring. I mean, at what point do we say that when we accept a dog as a part of our family that we are responsible for taking care of it. I know they would take care of us.
Taking it a step further, yesterday I stumbled across this:

Some teenagers put firecrackers in a dogs mouth and taped it shut. He suffered. They ran. He eventually died. I just burst out crying. I can't keep seeing this shit!
My mind is just blown at a general human lack of empathy. I can not fathom how people can be so cruel. We already face so much adversity it terms of politics, food, health, money, etc. The world is just a hard place in some ways that needs a lot of our energy to fix. The fact that I even have to place so much energy into looking out for the things on this Earth that love fully and unconditionally is madness. Animals deserve more.
Not a fun post. But my heart just hurts for all the precious creatures who are suffering.