Rescue Journal

the "p" in hidden...

Carol  ·  Feb. 25, 2012

it is is one of those things that is there..if you want it to be.

the "p" stands for politics and politics in rescue is just like politics in the political forum. it is full of a bunch of people yelling at each other and frothing at the mouth as they try to get their "RIGHT" of it all across to everyone else. it is full of arguing, pointing fingers, accusations, innuendo, building themselves up by tearing others down...
honestly if you ask me, it pretty much sucks all around.

i just don't get how folks in rescue have the time to participate in personal battles. and i don't get either why folks who really aren't even in rescue arbitrarily decide to create conflict in rescue whenever they can.

i pretty much always feel like sticking my fingers down my throat when i hear.."we do this because of the animals..."

i am sorry but that is just bullshit..people do it because they like the power, they like the drama, they like the feeling of sweet revenge...there is nothing about being nasty that helps any animal i have ever met.

someone wrote on a forum..that we have the right to defend ourselves..well yes we do, but not at the expense of our obligations to the animals. it is possible to defend ones self without attacking another. some wise person once said "an eye for an eye leads to a lot of blind people"....tell me... is there some real common sense and even sanity in that?

my mother once told me that i have the right to do anything i long as it doesn't step on some other person's rights... my mother was pretty damn smart.

if you do not want personal politics in rescue then it is best to stay out of the personal political arena and the best way to do that is to never say something negatively personal about someone else in public. so even if someone is trashing me personally..i will not trash them back. it is not that i don't have plenty of ammo (come on..i have been in rescue a long time and i know many things that folks probably wish i didn't...) but... i refuse to use it because it is personal AND it has nothing to do with my rescuing animals.

look at it like this...

it really does not matter one bit to me or the animals in my care what everyone or anyone else is doing in the rescue community. what matters to the animals and me is what i am doing while rescuing them. what others folks are up to is their probem not ours. i can decide who i like and who i respect and i can simply and quietly ignore all the rest.

i feel no need to go on to forums and lists and other folks blogs and take pot shots. i may voice my opinion on a particular issue but i leave the personal shit out. there is not a single person or group that i feel the need to "take down"..that's not my job. my job is to care for our own animals well.

are there some losers out there?...are there a few folks with a few too many screws loose in their heads?..are there some big babies who go looking for scraps to make themselves feel better simply because they detest someone else?

of course there is..we are talking about the freaking human race. but what do those few have to do with saints? not helluvalot.

they are not responsible for looking after our animals...we are.

the only real disney story that i really like is...Cinderella.

not because she had a fairy godmother and eventually married the prince..but because she knew one very simple to keep her own little corner tidy and clean.

when i am witness to all of the stuff that goes on in rescue on a regular feeling on all of the personal political shit in rescue is...people who are so very busy trying to mess up my or someone else's little corner..might need to stay home and do some major deep cleaning in their own little home corners. then they not only can have everything absolutely perfectly clean and tidy...but they have an actual right to have it that way too...(without tromping on someone elses right to take care of their own little corner the way that they may want to.)

this makes sense to me...cuz gawd forbid... no one in their right mind wants me down their throat telling them how to do my version of rescue...i would drive them freaking nutz!

and to defend myself...which is my right...

and yes x i did delete that wasn't very nice...nor was it even close to being accurate...czar actually has had many vet visits in the past several months...but in all fairness... i guess you wouldn't know that because you are not here. if you really feel he is being neglected..please call the spca..they can easily call or visit our vets and check his medical records.


Janice Gillett

Thanks Carol Ann, I am ranting so i must be feeling better lol

Janice Gillett

Regarding the Czar post that was deleted and am only reading Carols post but i am gathering... AND I do take GREAT offence when the standard of care is brought up on my watch. Yes I am not there today nor yesterday but I was and I know there is more then one equestrian on board with equal or more experience on every day there. I personally have a high standard of care here and that is taken with me where ever I go. I also have never known to be quiet when it comes to something I believe in and your going to hear it whether you want to or not, no matter who you are. So saying all that if your saying someone is being "looked over" there your saying I am not doing my job here or there. First I will not put my reputation at stake or in question working for anyone who does not live up to my expectations on the quality of care the animals are getting.
Czar so you all know has a rich and shiny red coat and is on a special feed schedule just like everyone else there. He loves to be brushed , treated and can be cheeky and for a horse his age moves out and views like a teenager. We have discovered once bedded down at night he likes his window opened in his stall, when he decides to open it. When he goes down for a roll he comes up like a dog in a sit position and then pulls himself up. One does not see these things about an individual unless we are looking . And like all of us , we are not perfect and we at some point in our lives will have some issue to deal with. Some will be on going , some can be treated and sometimes we will just have to learn to live with it and keep ourselves as comfortable as we can with these issues as we go threw life. No different from our animals..

Once agaim i am ranting not only in defence of Carol but to all of us who watch over the barn guys there.


Your post made me think of IF, by Rudyard Kipling. (hope it's ok to put up such a long post - feel free to delete)


Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too;

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or being lied about, don't deal in lies, Or being hated, don't give way to hating, And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream - and not make dreams your master; If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim; If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster And treat those two impostors just the same;

If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, Or watch the things you gave your life to broken, And stoop and build 'em up with wornout tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss, And lose, and start again at your beginnings And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew To serve your turn long after they are gone, And so hold on when there is nothing in you Except the Will which says to them: 'Hold on!'

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, Or walk with kings - nor lose the common touch, If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you, If all men count with you, but none too much;

If you can fill the unforgiving minute With sixty seconds' worth of distance run - Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it, And - which is more - you'll be a Man my son!