May 26, 2004

Two separate incidents. Two dogs, just playing. In playing, they strayed into the path of fast-moving vehicles. They shrieked with pain, and fled awkwardly and in pain, dragging their hindquarters along the ground and snapping at all those around them. They were fortunate. Their injuries turned out not to be serious. They lived.

The drivers of the vehicles certainly noticed. They could have slowed down, and maybe they did, a little. They could have honked, and maybe one or two of them did, and maybe the dogs thought that was all part of the teasing game. Perhaps the dogs didn't really realise that vehicles and traffic flow mattered. Perhaps all along the drivers really expected the dogs to get the hint that there was an established traffic flow along this artery. The dogs did finally get the hint ... after they were hit.

Dogs don't innately speak the language of speeding vehicles. Dogs trust their supporters to understand their own needs, and to translate that language for them as needed. Until dogs are hurt by vehicles, what reason would they have, even to recognise that this form of communication is extremely important to them if they are to keep playing alongside this road? After they are hit, what reason would they have to think that it was not the vehicle's fault?

After all, they were just playing, just teasing. What reason would they have to think the vehicle wouldn't just play along?


Smile of the day:

An American, an Englishman, and a Russian are teaching a cat to eat mustard. The first forces the cat to eat the mustard. The second tricks the cat into eating the mustard. But the Russian, he covers the cat's paws with mustard. The cat licks it and squeals.

The Russian: "See, he is eating it willingly, and he is singing too!"

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