The great thing about animal lovers is their passion.
No matter what -- no matter if we agree or if we don't,
animal lovers don't back down from a debate. Nutritional
discoveries, health breakthroughs, political topics
-- everything is a lively topic, nothing is sacred and
everybody is fair game. It's a lifestyle, being an animal
lover. The only catch is, most animal lovers would be
perfectly content to be with their animals all day long
and it's not always possible. Oh, maybe it's possible
for those with a pension, social security, lucky investments
or a trust fund. But, "most" animal lovers
hold down a full-time job or two (or somebody else in
the family does) and that's what hurts.
often do we hear the criticism (noble as it sounds on
the surface) that if you really love animals, you won't
"exploit" them for money? The word "exploitation"
is effective when criticizing others. Some people get
pretty loud when they use it. But "loud" doesn't
win debates. It just stops people from talking.
take a closer look at critics who sincerely feel that
animals should not be "used" to earn money.
of us would grab picket signs and march outside the
courthouse if we thought animals were mistreated to
gain money. But, what if they're not being mistreated?
What if critics think purebred animal lovers only care
about money and we don't have any sensitivity for the
lives or higher emotions of the animals in our charge?
How do they get such ideas! Don't they know that animal
lovers spend all they can on their animals? It doesn't
matter if we're talking about a stray cat, a dog you
got from an animal shelter or the most valuable racehorse
in the world and you've got a four-legged ticket to
a million dollars. Our animals must be provided for
and it's up to us to figure out how.
we're lucky enough to do what we want to in life, it's
a great thing. But, if we can't (or if we can't be what
we know we were born to be), then many of us blame a
lack of money for standing in our way. Very rare are
the individuals who figure out that it's up to us how
our lives turn out and not up to "fate." That
being said, when it comes to animals and money, the
two will always go hand in hand. Why? Because you can't
have one without the other. The bigger your budget,
the more you can do, and if your animals are good enough
to win prizes and help pay the rent, I'm all for it.
I'm inspired by beautiful animals that somebody respects
and values enough to share with the public. I'm glad
they share their prize-winning animals with us instead
of selfishly harboring them as personal pets for nobody
else but their own friends to know, or touch or see.
paying for the best feed, the best shelter and the best
veterinary care make us good people in the eyes of our
critics? Not necessarily. But, it can be measured by
the love in the eyes of those around us. Whether they
walk on two legs, four or fly with wings, our animals
know the kind of hearts we have. And they respond to
goes two ways and, sometimes, it comes from the most
unexpected places. Regarding the question of animals
and paychecks, consider this: When you work outside
the home to pay the bills, how much time can you really
spend with the animals you love? But, if your animals
are smart enough, talented enough, or if they represent
their breed well enough to earn a paycheck, it won't
matter if your boss fires you. It won't matter if the
company shuts down, sends your job overseas, and the
best you can do is get a job at a burger joint. If life
takes a turn for the worse, and you end up bringing
home that dreaded pink slip, animals with their own
income are one less thing you have to worry about.
animals knew they could help with the family budget,
do you really think they would refuse? It's a gift they
can share with us. Animals are part of the family. If
they refused, what kind of family would they be? If
they refused . . . then maybe we should take another
look at the human-animal bond!
animal lovers pay for food, vitamin supplements, grooming,
boarding, medications, surgeries, breeding fees, paperwork,
entry fees, legal inspections, advertising, magazine
subscriptions, transportation, collars, leashes, brushes,
training, equipment and all kinds of care.
I don't call that exploiting animals .... Do you?