I Love My Dog, But…

IMG_7890Howdy folks! Happy Tuesday. Hope everyone is having a splendid week. Here in San Antonio, Texas, we are enjoying Texas weather like none other, lows in the 50s, highs in the 80s. You really couldn’t ask for a more beautiful day than what its shaping out to be.

As busy as work has been, I have found some time here and there to keep track, from a distance, of the Ebola-situation going on in Dallas. Crazy. Just crazy to think that the United States and Texas of all places is at the forefront of this.Yes we are a medically-advanced nation that could deal with this; however, I sincerely hope this would bring the attention of the people of this great nation back into focus on priorities.

There are things that are more dangerous to our health than Ebola at this moment, but do you hear people crying out over un-vaccinated children spreading Measles? Or how about the 100 American children that died from the influenza last year?

And what really set me off, is people being more upset about the condition of the newest Ebola patient’s dog rather than the patient herself! Seriously, after Spain had put down the dog of the nurse who had become infected recently, people of our country and around the world were outraged. On top of that, since the US’s second patient with Ebola had a dog, it would only be obvious that it would move to front page news.

Don’t get me wrong, I love dogs and pretty much all animals for that matter, but there are a few common sense things to remember.

Dogs are animals. And humans are animals. But that doesn’t make dogs human.

I love my Ellie-girl to pieces. She’s been a gift from God. So many times I go home from a stressful day at work to her smiling face, yes she smiles! It makes my evening to take her for walks or to the park. Never fails to make me laugh or forget about any struggles I may be having. Shoot, she’s made being single rather easy! Who needs a boyfriend when you have a dog that never disagrees that I am right about everything, will cuddle on command, and doesn’t mind my family?!? And if you measured love for a dog on a scale based upon how many selfies have been taken with her, well, let’s just say we’ve got plenty :)

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But as much as I love my pal and my companion, if I became ill with a disease such as Ebola, and officials were even only slightly concerned that she may have contracted it and would therefore be a danger of spreading the disease, I would agree that euthanizing her would be the best thing. In 2005, there was a French study concluding that transmission of Ebola from humans to dogs was possible.

I love my dog so much I even spent $20/month on a BarkBox subscription just so she’d have new toys and treats every month!

So with that possibility in mind, it would make the decision not very difficult for me. This is not because I don’t love her, because if you know me, you would know that couldn’t be further from the truth. But it’s because I love my family, my country and this world more than just one dog. And at the end of the day, what kind of guilt would I carry, if somehow, one of the employees taking care of her while I was in the hospital contracted the disease?

At the end of the day, I just simply do not believe a dog’s life is not worth the risk of another human’s.

This was a pretty heavy blog post, which I don’t do very often. I tend to prefer my light-hearted posts about music like my last one, or my photography. However, the media surrounding this topic has just about driven me nuts. All in all, I love life and this world, I would hate to lose it because we are worried about what is and is not fair to a dog.


  1. “Dogs are animals. And humans are animals. But that doesn’t make dogs human.”

    Now I know Alyx learned at least one thing from her dad! Although, I wouldn’t agree with her on spending $20 a month on a bark box is a good thing. I guess our priorities are different… imagine that.

    A very good, and timely post. People who grow up and live on or around a farm are some of the most faithful towards livestock, pets and other animals. We hate to see any animal made to suffer and sometimes that means we have to do things that we don’t enjoy at all when it comes to dealing with a sick, injured or abandoned animal .

    I believe God put animals on this early to benefit us humans either by a food source (I love bacon and eggs), companionship (pets & service animals), work assistance (draft animals, roping horses, etc) or entertainment (horse or dog racing). No one should ever harm an animal needlessly but I don’t believe anyone should try to assign human rights to animals just because they might seem part of the family. My $.02 worth.

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