Wouldn’t You Take Him Home?

Tear Jerkers

Frequently I see posts/pictures on Facebook that are really meant to make one cry. And many times the tears are supposed to make one want to do something, like give to a charity, hug a tree, or feed the hungry.

Now, look at the picture to the right. Here you have a grown dog sitting in the middle of a street getting soaked in the rain. I don’t know who took the picture, but the title of the Facebook post was something like, “Wouldn’t you take him home?”

That got me to thinking about some things. Can I share them with you?

  • Go ahead, go up to the dog. I bet it’ll snap your hand off at the wrist.
  • Have you ever wondered why a grown dog has chosen to just sit in the rain?
  • If the dog was smart enough to fetch your slippers, don’t you think it could have found something to hide under?
  • It the dog is so stupid that it can’t get out of the rain, then do you really want it in your home?
  • Is it possible that he simply wants to be left alone because his girlfriend left him for a Doberman? If that is true, refer back to the first point.

An Old Dog

Looking at this dog sitting in the rain also got me to thinking about some other things. For instance, why don’t we think about old men that way? Let’s just say that dog in the road is 5 or 6 years old – that would make him what, 30 or 40 in human years? Would you look at a drug addict lying in the rain and ask, “Wouldn’t you take him home?”

No, a grown man has made his choices, right? He should be left in the rain, or on the side of the road bleeding. It’s one thing to help a dirty dog, but a stranger? Get real, right? I mean, who does that kind of thing? A good Samaritan?

Isn’t that strange? Why is it that we would be more likely to cry a tear over an old dog than a man? A mother’s child?

What About These?

And then I remembered this picture. It is not of a dog in the rain, or a cat in a kennel, or a puppy in the pound; it’s just a bunch of orphans.

Back in 1992 I had the rare privilege to visit a Romanian orphanage. The children did not know why we were there, but they were excited. It wasn’t often that strangers were allowed in, especially after a 1990 news story on ABC’s 20/20.  They stood lined against a wall…waiting.

Wouldn’t you take one home? Don’t you know what happens to orphans in places like this, especially after they “graduate” at age 18?

Misplaced Sorrow

It is only my opinion, but I think we should worry less about animals in the rain and more about humans living in drains. I’ll never forget a story I saw about children living in the sewage drains of Kenyan cities. They would sniff glue at night, not for fun, but to keep from feeling the pain of hunger. That should make us cry.

“For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’ “Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!'” – Matthew 25:35-40 NLT

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11 responses to “Wouldn’t You Take Him Home?

  1. However humanity stretches across both animals and humans, and if you are prepared to do for one you should do for another,.

    • I do not disagree with you. We read where God chastised Jonah for complaining when He didn’t destroy Nineveh…”Then said the LORD, Thou hast had pity on the gourd, for the which thou hast not laboured, neither madest it grow; which came up in a night, and perished in a night: And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and [also] much cattle?” Jonah 4:10-11

      The Proverbs also mentions men and animals… Proverbs 12:10 –
      “A righteous [man] regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked [are] cruel.”

      So, I understand what you are saying. My only point of this post was to remind us that we tend to get so emotional over animals that really could care less, in most cases (most animals live outside all the time), while men, women, and children are put out of our sight and mind. That’s all.

      • No I agree with the sentiment entirely and totally agree that we go soppy over animals and forget about the human aspect. My partner and I were watching a foodie programme last night and one of the chefs said something similar about eating rabbit. She referred to them as the bunny brigade but ultimately by eating rabbit we are being more humane than if we did not because they would be slaughtered and placed into waste fill sites and that is just a waste

  2. It’s like that Sarah McLachlan song…pretty heavy-handed for a bunch of pets!

    Interestingly, it works! These pictures do, indeed, evoke a myriad of emotions including sadness and anger.

    But you’re right, mankind should concern itself with its own first and foremost.

  3. MikeW

    This was a funny post. That dog may indeed take a hand instead of borrow it.

    That realism recognized, I’m not sure that love and empathy for people must be mutually exclusive from love and sympathy for dogs. Often those who are sociopaths toward their fellow man grew up abusing or neglecting animals; cruelty training-wheels so to speak.

    And so the converse may also be true, that is, if one can learn to love by starting with a dog which is truly lovable and grateful for being loved, then perhaps that is a bridge to loving other people.

    The exception to that I believe is with ideologies of people-hatred which elevate animals above people vis a vis pagan religious teachings. That is the twisted aspect of a sort of ideology of misanthropy.

    And yet in our fallen world people do plenty to become less trusted than animals. Because of that, people do tend to seek companionship with animals having been burned in various ways by people. This is a special case for merciful reflection.

    I do not think it’s right to aid only animals at the expense of people, however, sadly enough, many who are homeless can be led to shelter but will not come back if they don’t like the rules. Abandoned dogs on the other hand, usually return great loyalty to those who take them in, love them, feed them and de-flea and tick them.

    • Great points, Mike.

      And again, just in case I came across wrong, I do love animals. I respect all of God’s creatures. I don’t even try to kill bugs unnecessarily (except for roaches and their buddies). Even if I went hunting or fishing, it would be for food, not simply for sport.

      Years and years ago, my dad and I saw a mother dog and some puppies. They were wandering around on the outskirts of some abandoned projects. They were nothing but ribs and skin. We tried to get close to them, but they wouldn’t let us. So, since a Krystal was nearby, we went and bought a bunch of hamburgers to leave for them. I care about animals.

      • MikeW

        Thanks Anthony, no I never doubted that you’re a respecter of life. It shows, and I have seen wrong-headed animal-centricity before. Extremes are often the means with which whatever spiritual parasites or predators that may be use to set-up the human race as host or prey.

  4. Loved this post! It seems people (Americans? Western civilization?) have a tendency to think that because their heartstrings were plucked or they shed a tear over a sad picture of an animal they have done something to help. At the very least, they feel themselves better for having cared.

    Then if you point out that people are in every bit as much need of sympathy and a helping hand, you must be a cold hearted monster to not love the poor animals.

    It is certainly harder on every level to help humans. Mike W was definitely right. Humans have all kinds of psychological/emotional/spiritual issues that lead them, or dump them, in their places of need. Often they want the help, but they don’t want the help. I’m sure you know what I mean.

    What I heard in your post was simply this: while we’re feeling sorry for the poor animals, let’s not get out of balance and ignore our fellow man. God talks about both, and about helping both. And he never said to not give a beggar a few coins because you know what he’ll spend it on. Can you imagine if all of us only gave or received help when it was deserved? I would not want to live there.

  5. Mark Lachance

    You are one heartless asshole…that poor animal was obviously lacking for love, however he or she doesn’t get the liberty of making choices as we humans do…yes, the drug addict or the drunk does end up in the gutter, but they are the “high functioning” of the species and get to make their own choices…they choose to live the life they do while domesticated animals only have the choice that their current or previous owner grant them…take your head out of your ass and realize that there are many people out there who choose to be cruel to a species that cannot speak for themselves and simply don’t understand why their home may not be theirs any more…I can’t believe you’d post such soulless remarks, and I hope that one day maybe you’ll get to experience what that poor animal did…homeless and alone…eat shit

    • Mark, I’d like to thank you for your vulgar, hateful, one-sided, vile comment. At least you took the time to express your feelings.

      The problem I have with your comment (beside the childish, vulgar recommendation to eat s**t – which dogs actually do) is that you have the audacity to call me heartless. It is evident you either did not read the whole post, or you did not understand either the irony, humor, or main point.

      I care about animals very much. I have stopped by restaurants and bought food for strays wandering outside. I’ve sat by the side of the road and held the head of a wounded wild dear until it died. I’ve rescued kittens. I’ve even rescued a starving, freezing dog chained in the snow and abandoned by its owners. So, my friend, you judged prematurely.

      The point if this whole post was not to say poor old dogs should be left alone and abandoned. The point was that pictures don’t tell the whole story, and that it is more likely for hearts to be tugged by animal pictures than starving orphans (of which I have fed – have you?).

      Feel free to comment, but be mindful of your language. I will not permit vulgarity from this point forward.

      By the way, it was not “obvious” the dog in the picture was lacking love. It is just as likely the photo was staged or taken out of context.

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