Friday, May 24, 2013

On Ethics...Rescuing the Sick

When I was younger, my mom always taught me that it wasn't "can you do it," it's "should you do it." Therein lies one of life's greatest philosophies, repeated in our small country kitchen time and time again. I'll be writing a series on ethics. You may not agree with everything I have so say, but I would appreciate you taking the time to read each post, think about it, then give me your honest feedback.

Facebook can be a wonderful tool. It's also the breeding ground for those annoying people called "cross-posters." I'm sure the idea was bred from good intentions, but let's face it, those are the people we either hide or delete altogether. To really get a dog attention, you should post dogs in the area of your friends/followers, and try not to do it too often, or you will be deleted/hidden and all of your efforts become null and void. Secondly, don't tag every animal lover you know in the photo. If you've talked to someone about the dog, it's polite to tag them with a "Hey ____, here's that dog I was telling you about" and leave it at that. When you constantly tag someone, it busies up their news feed and that of their friends, so again, your message is likely to be deleted or hidden.

Now that I'm done with my soapbox on cross-posting, let's get to why I brought up Facebook (and cross-posters).

From all of the posts I see daily in my news feed, I often see pleas for dogs in rescues or shelters that need money for medical care. The dogs have broken limbs, severe mange, eyes hanging out of their sockets, you name it. People are pleading for the dog to be taken out of the shelter. Rescues are pleading for money to cover the medical bills the dog will certainly accrue... It all seems like a horrible cycle.

Here's my question: How many perfectly healthy dogs died because that rescue took in that one pity case and spent all of those funds getting it well?

It's not "can the dog be rescued," it's "should the dog be rescued."

Yes, a dog with severe mange or with their eyeball hanging out can be fixed up and saved. I'm sure quite a few of you have wonderful dogs that were saved in situations like this. They also make for wonderful publicity. The question isn't "can they be saved," it's "should they be saved."

Now before you go into a rant calling me a heartless witch, think about it. How many more dogs could you afford to save if you didn't save the one dog that had lots of issues? Quite a few.

In my opinion, it doesn't make sense to rescue a dog you know will take a lot of time and resources and let a much healthier dog die in its stead. I know they tug at your heart. You want to save them all, but the rescue community really can't afford that right now.

We need to prioritize. Enough of the supposedly "healthy" dogs pop up with unforeseen problems without knowingly adding to your financial burden.

What are your thoughts?

Monday, May 13, 2013

Twitter

I'm pretty convinced Twitter is evil, but it's an inevitable evil. Thanks to Instagram, Facebook, and other integrated social networking sites, you cannot avoid hash tags. #Ever. If you have something you really want people to see, you can't just post it and expect it to go viral like Boom (the cute Staffordshire Bull Terrier owned by Working Terriers), the dog that posed with Easter bunnies. No, instead you have to accent your entire sentence with hash tags. For example, #cute #dogs won't #getnoticed without the proper #hashtag. Annoying, isn't it? Well, I've dodged the bullet as long as I possibly can.

With being an author for Dogster/Catster and my own blogs, it's hard to build an audience when you're obstinately avoiding modern technology, aka the Twitter. I've had plenty of things "tweeted," but I have no clue what they say. So I gave in and reactivated my Twitter account. I've updated it, so it no longer sports a picture of my 19 year old self with a shaggy hair cut. I've added details about myself. I think I'll even make a tweet. Or tweet a twit. Or twit a tweet. Whatever.

So if you're all modern and stuff, feel free to follow me or like me or whatever you do when you pretty much stalk someone on Twitter. I'll try to stalk you back, or at least keep up with your hash tags and @'s and what-have-yous. I added a link, but for those of you that are Twitter savvy, I'm just me, meghanlodge...or rather @meghanlodge!!


https://twitter.com/meghanlodge

Now back to my fat screen TV and my computer with a mouse that still has a ball. :)