I just noticed that a woman that I know posted to the Border Collie Boards about the “very prevalent” rabies cases in her county. Here are the statistics for rabies cases in 2006 (2007 wasn’t available). I live in Catawba County, as does she. In 2006 there were 13 reported rabies cases in a county which covers roughly 400 miles. I am on the line between Catawba and Lincoln County where there were only two reported cases. What are the chances of running into one of the 13 rabid animals in a county that covers over 400 miles. Not very big I think. I can’t remember the last time I saw a raccoon or a skunk in my travels and I’m out in the woods and fields just about every day. Unlike the poster in question, my dogs are under my supervision when running loose. They do not have a dog door where they can come and go as they please. Even while in their runs when I’m at work, their runs are covered so nothing can crawl in or out. If, while I was out with my dogs, I saw a wild animal that was of concern to me, I’d make sure my dogs and me were well out of the way of said animal. That’s a bit hard to do when you have a large number of dogs running loose as they please. Dogs in a pack are going to attack a strange animal on their property, rabid or not. That’s a problem.
It is amazing to me how people can overlook symptoms of mental and physical illness in their animals and say they are just fine. Maybe I’m just more sensitive to the symptoms of chronic disease than most people. I placed a puppy that I purchased the winter before last because her level of chronic disease was so apparent I knew no matter what I did with her, she was going to remain screwed up. I wasn’t wrong. She’s still screwed up and the person I placed her with admits it freely. He still loves her, which is great, but she’s a mess mentally and physically. If that’s what makes people happy, then all the more power to them.
I used to think homeopathy, raw diet, good living, etc. would be enough to keep all animals healthy. I found out that wasn’t the case. It’s hard to find a truly healthy animal these days.
In Gel, I have good health, Fern is better, as she should be given her upbringing. Given I’m not going to breed another litter, Fern is probably the best I’m going to get. That will be good enough for me. It never fails, when we are out at a competition, people are drawn to both Gel and Fern. Why is that do you think? Because they are clear. That is the best word I can use to describe it. They are not muddled like so many other dogs are.
Yesterday I deleted all of my posts on the Border Collie Boards. I do not want to be further accused of shoving my beliefs down peoples’ throats. I also got tired of people saying that they were so much better than those people (like me) who try to do that. I think not many people have things that they really care passionately about so they just don’t understand or maybe they just like the feeling of their heads stuck in sand. If you want to read my beliefs and feelings here, then so be it. I don’t need to answer to anyone here. And, unlike a lot of people, I don’t hide behind a computer to say what I believe, I’ll say it right to your face.
There was a reason why I got off most mailing lists years ago. I should have remembered that when I started posted on the Border Collie Boards.