we have unknown people all over this place on the weekends...visitors for tours, potential adopters, surrendering families, new volunteers..you name it.
and not everyone who comes here for whatever reason thinks about animals or has the same experiences with animals as we do. and sometimes they say things that we find offensive..oh well welcome to the real world of someone NOT involved with rescue.
folks have asked me if i could provide them with an unaltered male or female to breed with their pet. people have asked me if i would consider trading one of our guys for one they want to get rid of. others have said..hey..who do you have for free that i can take off of your hands?
i remember one person actually asked me if and when we euthanized ellie (this was when she had a lot of trouble with walking and often went around the field on her knees)..anyway..he asked if he could have her meat cuz it would be a shame to waste it? and this guy was innocently serious...all he saw when he saw ellie was a bunch of possibly free and giant hams...he did not see a sweet pig that i was totally in love with.
ok so people sometimes say stupid things..whatever....i am kind of glad they do cuz then i know i don't want to adopt to them..they have just done me a big favor. so i don't get all mad and offended and snap at them..i just think...thanks for the info about how folks sometimes think and just peacefully and politely move on.
just because we don't like what someone says doesn't mean we have to say something rude or brutally enlightening back. when someone says gee i want a pet who won't ever pee in the house or a cat that won't cost me any money or a dog that never barks cuz it might bug the neighbors..we can just say, we are sorry..we can't guarentee them that. better to keep the happy door open and let folks freely say what they think..it makes life far easier for me when making decisions...cuz then i can really see the way that they think. if i snap at them, they will shut the open door and i won't have a clue what else might be going on inside their head.
anyway...do you know what i said to the guy who wanted to eat ellie? sorry...ellie is on daily medications and it is against FDA regulations to butcher animals for human consumption who have medications in their systems. it was a good answer..it stopped him from talking about eating someone i loved without taking a gun and just shooting him.
when we have visitors coming thru saints for whatever reason they are here..it behooves us to always treat them kindly, respectfully and politely no matter what silly thing that they say. i will take care that our animals do not go home with them..i will ensure that we will take good care of any animals they happen to be here to bring in.... cuz i have a ton of experience in sorting thru stuff that folks often say so i can decide what action if any that i may or may not want to take.
everyone who works or volunteers here learns to sometimes smile and bite our tongues..sometimes people just come out with stuff that we don't happen to agree with or even like..thats ok..opinions and beliefs about animals differ. for us and our animals...it is not the end of the world....ellie knows damn well to us... she is a precious princess...this is her reality..that man and what he was thinking meant less than nothing to her or her life.