Imagine that you have a condition that is jeopardizing
your health, your relationships with those you love, possibly your very
life. There are, thank heavens,
treatments available. Untold thousands,
probably millions, of laboratory and research animals, from rats to pigeons to
cats to dogs to chimps to college students, have given their tiny alls for
decades to discover exactly how these treatments work. From all this research, two basic treatment
options have been developed: Pill A and
Oh! My heart is
broken, another crushing blow to me and my geek tendencies… :)
The recent hoo-has involving a celebrity TV dog
trainer, a pig, a dog and a whole bunch of folks in the dog training community
made me think (well, so did what I ate for lunch, but y’know.) To the incident itself, I have nothing
helpful to add to the debate. But there
are some lessons in it that go beyond that I think are worth talking about.
I thought I had an answer: Critical thinking skills!
If you’re like a lot of people—and you’re reading
this blog—you love animals. Or at least,
animals of your species of choice, be it dogs, cats, horses or exotics. You want to do right by your own pets, and
also by pets everywhere. You want to see
well-run animal control services that keep communities safe, help stray or abandoned
critters and maintain humane, caring facilities. You want to help rescue homeless, abused or
neglected pets. Maybe you’d like to
donate to some worthy cause.