I pretty much love my pets, and I love the people in my life more. This seems reasonable, but I guess not to everyone.
The other day at the grocery store, I realized that some people love their pets more than I do. I think some people love their pets as much as they love a human. They have a strong and satisfying relationship with a dog, or a cat. This is a feeling/thought that I have never had. I have felt the unconditional love of a pet for me, and that is nice.
Last week in the paper product isle was a pitt bull. We call them "Never-let-go" dogs. That pretty much sums up what I think of them. They are cute, but if they get ahold of you, they will never let go. This is bad. I hear people say that it's an undeserved, bad reputation. I know why they have a bad reputation.
They are used to fight and kill. They are used to guard illegal and legal drug cultivation. If they get you, the owner can get his drugs and money back, and then the dog can continue to eat you for lunch. People mostly have this breed to be intimidating, or to seem tough because they are not. Also, some of these kinds of people love their bully dog. So much so, that it is not okay to leave them in the garage at home, but rather bring them along to get oranges and toilet paper.
The dog at the grocery had an orage vest on, and one of those collars that if you tug on it, it will pinch the dog with pokey spikes. The pokey-spike-thing (and the breed) was what alerted me to the farce the owner thought she was pulling. She was masquerading her dog as a helping dog, so that it could come shopping with her. I'm sure no one would ask her to leave. One, because you would not want to insult someone by questioning their motives, and two, the dog could kill you and your small children if you got close enough to talk to her.
I know folks who raise helping dogs. They are labs. They are not intimidating. They are endearing, soft and well behaved. They are smart. They do not require special spiky collars. If you see one in the store, you are not afraid. No one is fooling me (or rather for very long)!!