Posts Tagged ‘pets’

Pets are more than Property – Let Them Live On

Monday, May 20th, 2019

In Virginia, a healthy Shih Tzu was euthanized after the death of its “owner” who left explicit instructions in her will that the dog be put down and laid to rest with her on her death. Apparently, this happens from time to time. This is entirely unacceptable and should be illegal. It needs to be clearly outlawed without wiggle room in all states. No pets should be euthanized by their guardian when healthy. Especially not to be buried with them.

It’s bad enough that sometimes shelters feel they need to euthanize an animal because it can’t be adopted out after trying to do so. We wish this never happened as well. This dog easily would have been adopted. But the executor refused to budge and the dog was taken to a vet and euthanized. Shame on the vet – euthanizing a healthy animal. Shame on this woman. Shame on the executor.

How was this allowed? In most states pets are personal property – no different than a table or chair. If you want to destroy your table you can. If you want to euthanize a healthy pet you may as well. This needs to change.

Pets are not tables. They are not chairs. They are not property. They are living beings with feelings and with connections to other living beings. People have emotional support animals. They have service animals. They have therapy animals. They do not have tables that can do this role.

This is not the only way that the law fails pets and those who truly care for them. Stealing an animal (Kidnapping) is the same as stealing property of the same “value” in cash. Likewise, killing someone else’s loved pet gets you minimal punishment. This legal definition must end. Pets are far more than that. There needs to be a definition for pets between property and humans where many of the laws protecting humans apply to pets and they are no longer treated as property.

Are we the Egyptian Pharaohs who killed their wives, families and servants when they died? Are we no better? This should never be allowed to happen again in America.

Santa Fe New Mexico – Pets Welcome in the Mountains

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Santa Fe has a special charm to it as a Mexican town located here in the US. It is the oldest state capital in North America. The original colony was established by the Spanish conquistador Don Pedro de Peralta in 1610. The heart of the city is the Central Plaza, around which the town revolves. Santa Fe is a quaint town with a poplulation of 68,000 that is not sure if it is a small town or a larger city. Sixty miles by highway from Albuquerque, it sits in the mountains at an elevation of 7000 feet so it is not as hot as most people think of when they think of summer in New Mexico. Dogs like the cooler temperatures as well. Santa Fe is a dog-friendly town, with unique B&B lodgings, small hotels and specialty lodging and shops.

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Black Hills of South Dakota – It’s worth the drive with your dog

Monday, August 26th, 2013

When you think of the most pet-friendly states places like California, Oregon or Florida may come to mind. You may not think of South Dakota. However, the Black Hills Region of South Dakota takes a back seat to no one as far as a vacation paradise for your four legged friend. The main catch is it’s far from most places. If you are driving cross country on Interstate 90 you will pass right through the region. You should stop and spend a few days.
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