COMPASSION, YES, COMPASSION !! WHERE HAS IT GONE ?

THERE ARE SOME NEWS WE READ AND KEEP COMING BACK TO OUR MINDS TIME AND TIME AGAIN. HERE IS ONE THAT LIVES WITHIN ME DAY IN AND DAY OUT. I READ ABOUT IT ONLINE IN FEBRUARY THIS YEAR, AND THE HEADLINE SAID “ WILD DOGS TAKING CONTROL OF THE STREETS IN DETROIT “. THE ARTICLE SAID THAT THE DOGS WERE USING SURVIVAL TECHNIQUES TO GET FOOD OUT OF DUSTBINS.

AFTER READING THE WHOLE ARTICLE I FELT REALLY BAD FOR THOSE DOGS IN DETROIT, BECAUSE MOST DOGS THAT TRY DUSTBINS INSTEAD OF OPENED, GREEN AREAS TO GET SOMETHING TO EAT IT IS BECAUSE THEY HAVE BEEN ABANDONED BY THEIR OWNERS, AND THEY HAVE THE RIGHT TO FIND FOOD. THESE DOGS HAVE KNOWN WHAT IS LIKE TO BE FED BY THIER OWNERS, HAVE BEEN SURROUNDED BY PEOPLE, AND THAT IS WHY THEY HANG AROUND CITIES, INSTEAD OF LOOKING FOR A PREY IN THE COUNTRYSIDE, LIKE WILD DOGS DO. THESE DOGS LONG FOR THEIR OWNERS  WHO PROVIDED THEM WITH EVERYTHING THEY NEEDED, WHILE THEY WERE THEIR FRIENDS OR SO THEY SEEMED UNTIL THEY DECIDED TO GET RID OF THEM, SINCE MOST OF THESE DOGS THINK THEY HAVE GOT LOST, AND DO NOT KNOW THEY HAVE BEEN BETRAYEDCERTAINLY, THESE DOGS ARE NOT WILD THOUGH THEY MAY LOOK LIKE IT, SLEEPING GOD KNOWS WHERE, EATING GARBAGE FOOD OR NOTHING AT ALL.  THESE ABANDONED CREATURES CAN’T BELIEVE WHAT THEY HAVE EXPERIENCED. IT IS BEYOND THEIR UNDERSTANDING, AND THAT TOGETHER WITH A LACK OF FOOD MAKES THEM GET TOGETHER WITH OTHER DOGS , TO FEEL STRONGER.

THEREFORE, DOGS LEFT ALONE AROUND CITIES ARE WHATEVER YOU CAN NAME BUT WILD. THE ONLY WILD TRACE IN THEM IS THE ONE OF THEIR WILD ANCESTORS, GRAY WOLVES..

“ DOMESTIC DOGS ARE DESCENDED FROM GRAY WOLVES, WHO HAVE BEEN PACK HUNTERS WITH COMPLEX LANGUAGE.THESE SOPHISTICATED FORMS OF SOCIAL COGNITION AND COMMUNICATION MAY ACCOUNT FOR THEIR TRAINABILITY, PLAYFULNESS, AND ABILITY TO FIT INTO HUMAN HOUSEHOLDS AND SOCIAL SITUATIONS, AND THESE ATTRIBUTES HAVE GIVEN DOGS A RELATIONSHIP WITH HUMANS THAT HAS ENABLED THEM TO BECOME ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL SPECIES ON THE PLANET TODAY. “ 

UNFORTUNATELY, THESE DOGS’ OWNERS FROM DETROIT DID THE WORST THING THEY COULD DO, THAT IS, BETRAYING THEIR BEST FRIENDS. DOES ANYBODY KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT ANY OF THOSE DOGS WANDERING AROUNG THE DUSTBINS IN DETROIT? DID ANYBODY SHOW ANY COMPASSION HELPING ANY OF THESE ? THESE DOGS FROM DETROIT JUST WANT WHAT YOU AND I WANT. IT IS SO SIMPLE AND SAD AT THE SAME TIME, THAT IT IS HEARTBREAKING THINKING THAT THESE INNOCENT VICTIMS OF CRUEL OWNERS ARE REGARDED AS A PROBLEM TO SOCIETY. THESE DOGS ARE NOT A PROBLEM. ON THE OTHER HAND, THEIR OWNERS, AND PEOPLE ABANDONING THEIR PETS, ARE A BIG TROUBLE FOR THE WORLD, BECAUSE OF ALL THE PAIN THEY CAUSE, NOT ONLY TO THEIR PETS, BUT ALSO TO THE PEOPLE WHO GET CONCERNED ABOUT DOING THE RIGHT THING, AND HELPING OTHERS DO THE BEST THING FOR ALL OF US. THESE IRRESPONSIBLE PEOPLE WHO ABANDON THEIR PETS DO NOT HELP CREATE A BETTER WORLD. EVERY LITTLE ACTION IN THIS WORLD HAS SUCH BIG DIMENSIONS EVERYWHERE , TAKING INTO ACCOUNT ALL THE CONNECTIONS WE ALL HAVE WITH ALL THE UNIVERSE , THAT EVEN SMALL ACTIONS HAVE A BIG IMPACT ON ALL OF US.

YOU KNOW THE SAYING “ DESPERATE SOLUTIONS FOR DESPERATE SITUATIONS “. WELL THEN, PUTTING OURSELVES IN THESE STREET DOGS´ SHOES, LIKE REGRETFULLY MANY OTHER DOGS WORLDWIDE ARE AT THIS VERY MOMENT, IT IS NO WONDER THEY BEHAVE DESPERATELY, SINCE THEIR CIRCUMSTANCES ARE DESPERATE.

THERE IS NO DOUBT DOGS PROVIDE US WITH EMOTIONAL SUPPORT, ONCE WE HAVE DONE THE TRAINING REQUIRED TO TRANSFORM ANY DOG INTO A PET .

BONDING BETWEEN HUMANS AND DOGS OCCURRED BETWEEN 19.OOO AND 30,000 YEARS AGO, LIKELY IN THE CONTEXT OF HUNTING. “

” A 2004 STUDY SHOWS THE BENEFITS OF COOPERATIVE HUNTING WAS AN IMPORTANT FACTOR IN WOLF DOMESTICATION. “

” THE COHABITATION OF DOGS AND HUMANS WOULD HAVE GREATLY IMPROVED THE CHANCES OF SURVIVAL FOR EARLY HUMAN GROUPS, AND THE DOMESTICATION OF DOGS MAY HAVE BEEN ONE OF THE KEY FORCES THAT LED TO HUMAN SUCCESS . “

“THE LATEST STUDY MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING (MRI ) TO HUMANS AND DOGS TOGETHER PROVED THAT DOGS HAVE SAME RESPONSE OF VOICES, AND USE THE SAME PARTS OF THE BRAIN AS HUMANS, AND MADE DOGS UNDERSTAND EMOTIONAL HUMAN VOICES, MAKING DOGS SUCH FRIENDLY SOCIAL PETS TO HUMANS.”

MORAL EDUCATION IS THE MOST IMPORTANT SCHOOL SUBJECT, LIFE SUBJECT EVER TO BE TAUGHT AND LEARNT. SOME HAVE NEVER LEARNT IT ALTHOUGH IT WAS TAUGHT TO THEM AT SCHOOL. OTHERS LEARNT IT AND THANKS TO THEM SOME GOOD THINGS STILL COME UP, AS A RESPONSE TO INJUSTICES. NOWADAYS, MORAL EDUCATION IS NOT TAUGHT ANYWHERE, NEITHER AT SCHOOL NOR AT HOME. WE ARE LEFT STRANDED IN A WILD JUNGLE, WHERE EVERYTHING IS ALL RIGHT, AND EVERY BEHAVIOUR OR ACTION IS IDENTIFIED AS ADEQUATE. ONLY THOSE PEOPLE WITH MORAL EDUCATION WILL BE KNOWLEDGEABLE ENOUGH TO KNOW WHETHER THAT ACTION, BEHAVIOUR OR OPINION IS RIGHT OR NOT, AND IT WILL MAKE THEM REACH THIS HIGHER LEVEL WE ARE TALKING ABOUT CALLED COMPASSION.

IN THE CASE OF OUR CURIOUS, PLAYFUL AND SOCIAL CREATURES THAT REPRESENTED FAITHFULNESS IN CHRISTIANITY, DOGS, WE ALL HAVE A MORAL DUTY TO REPORT WHENEVER WE SEE ANY DOGS BEING LEFT ALONE TO THEIR FATE, AND HELP THEM GET FOOD AND A HOME. IN THE LONG RUN, DOGS WILL TEACH US IMPORTANT LESSONS AND WE WILL HAVE FUN. NO DOUBT ABOUT IT, THE PROS WILL OUTWEIGHT THE CONS. SAY YOU WANT GOOD COMPANY. ONE SURE WAY TO GET IT RIGHT ON IS GOING TO ONE OF THE MANY SHELTERS OUT THERE AND ADOPT A DOG, FOR EXAMPLE, INSTEAD OF PURCHASING IT.

“EVERY YEAR BETWEEN 6 AND 8 MILLION DOGS AND CATS ENTER US ANIMAL SHELTERS. THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES ( HSUS ) ESTIMATES THAT APPROXIMATELY 3 TO 4 MILLION OF THOSE DOGS AND CATS ARE EUTHANIZED YEARLY IN THE UNITED STATES . “

“ A STUDY FOUND A THIRD OF DOGS SUFFERED ANXIETY WHEN SEPARATED FROM OTHERS . “

DOGS NEED SOCIETIES FOR THE PROTECTION OF ANIMALS THAT MAKE SURE THEY ARE NOT EUTHANIZED, AND THAT PROMOTE ADOPTING THEM FROM SHELTERS. LET’S STEP UP TO THE PLATE AND PUT STREET DOGS OUT OF THEIR MISERYLET’S LOOK AT THE ISSUE. LET’S NOT SWEEP IT UNDER THE CARPET. THE POWER IS IN YOUR HANDS TO CHANGE THE WORLD. LET’S ALLOW DOGS BE PART OF US, GIVING THEM A HAND WHENEVER WE SEE ONE OR A GROUP OF THEM ABANDONED. THEY HAVE ALWAYS PLAYED AN ACTIVE ROLE IN OUR LIVES, HELPING US OUT IN SO MANY DIFFERENT WAYS THAT ADOPTING ONE OF THEM WOULD BE THE ONLY RIGHT THING TO DO. LET’S KEEP OUR DOGS AS PETS WITH US ALL THE TIME GOD BLESSES THESE CREATURES TO LIVE WITH US. DOING IT SO WILL ONLY MAKE YOU A HAPPIER AND BETTER PERSON. ISN’T THAT SOMETHING?

ALL THE QUOTES I HAVE SHARED WITH ALL OF YOU ARE FROM DOGS, WIKIPEDIA-THE FREE ENCYCLOPEDIA.

 

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Julia Martinez

Julia Martínez was born in The Basque Country, Spain in 1965. She went to Las Carmelitas School in Santurtzi, where she completed her elementary and secondary education, except her senior year. She decided to go to the United States as an exchange student for her senior year. She lived with an American family in California for that school year. After coming back from the US she started her undergraduate studies at Deusto University. By this time she had already lived in Santurtzi for seventeen years. It was 1983 when she and her family moved to Getxo. At Deusto University she studied English Linguistics for five years. She was twenty three years old when she got her undergraduate degree. She spent about three months during three different summers in England. During two of those summers she was an exchange student, and another summer she was working as an au pair, living with an English family. She also spent about two months during two different summers in Dublin. She was an exchange student living with an Irish family for a month, and another summer she was living in a student residence. In 1988 she was granted a scholarship to do her graduate studies at Indiana University, in the U.S..She completed a double master on English and Spanish Applied Linguistics in 1990. During that year and a half that she was studying over there she was also working as an Associate Professor giving Spanish classes at Indiana University. After working on the double master, She decided to go back to Spain and work as an English teacher at an English school in Galdakao for a year. At the same time that she was working, she was studying in order to sit a competitive exam. She went to Madrid to take it, and got the job she wanted. She became a civil servant, and she started working as an English teacher at a high school in 1991. By the year 2004 she had already been teaching for thirteen years in four different high schools, giving lessons to secondary students. In 2004 she decided to quit teaching and start painting as a self-made painter. She has got thirty six original oil paintings on canvas, and all of them share bright, lively, warm colors which invite you to smile and chill out. You see them all together and you see a real celebration of life, of what life should be, of happiness and love. Apart from painting, she is very keen on music and photography. About music, it must be said that she was very much into it during some years in the past, specially when she was taking Classical and electric guitar lessons and writing her own songs. She has got four demos with songs sung, both in English and Spanish. She performed as a singer in some places in the year 2000 after recording all her original songs. She is a hard-working person and a very good listener. She is one of those really positive people that finds solutions to almost anything you can think of. She enjoys creative work, either in painting, photography, dancing, singing, writing or cooking. She also enjoys herself with those little things in life like going out for a stroll in the country, listening to all kinds of music, good company, a good book, helping people in need, taking a nap, or just watching a funny movie. At present she is working as a freelance writer. Let us add that she is really interested in the protection of animals.

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