I'll spare you an account of the insult I endured today which leads to this question.
Are you a better person when you're with people or when you're with dogs?
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Are you a better person when you're with people or when you're with dogs?

Neither, although I think the edge goes to people. If you're not good with people who are coming to you for advice, you will lose them and the dogs - so the dogs suffer.
Are you a better person when you're with people or when you're with dogs?

PS I think one of the tragedies with people who criticize people who do temp testing is that they are misanthropic. Don't care about people, only the animals. Pathological really -and counter productive in the end. One of our volunteers has a very high standard for temp testing - she lives with a difficult dog who she loves til the ends of the earth, but knows the stress and difficulty it adds to her life. She could never wish that on anyone - loving a dog so much, but the dog makes your world so small because of its problems.
Define "better."
I know there are plenty of times when I am so 'peopled out' that I can't stand the idea of anyone even touching me, and yet Macula can curl up beside me and I feel better almost immediately. She is also very calming when I'm stressed.
OTOH, there are some evenings when, after spending the entire day with non-speaking babies and dog, I feel as if I'll go crazy if I can't find another (english) speaking creature ASAP :-)
Marie
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Americans are so lazy. Can't you even write four words?

Thankyou,
Nevyn

Nevyn E.D.
Veterinary Nurse & Animal Trainer
"I'll be you've never had to put down litters of
beautiful labrador puppies? If you had did, maybe
you'd be singing a different tune?
"Actually, have held them for the tech to euth, and put their bodies in the trash bag and in the freezer for the trash company to come and dispose of.
No different tune."
- Emily Carroll
I'll spare you an account of the insult I endured today which leads to this question. Are you a better person when you're with people or when you're with dogs?

Most people equate "good person" or "better person" with being outwardly friendly. I don't act friendly around people I don't like or don't know. I'm not rude I just don't make small talk or start conversations with strangers although I happily give directions to lost tourists if they ask. When I run into someone I know but don't like I usually say "Hello" (no need to be rude) and then ignore them unless they ask me a direct question until I can get away from them. That has occassionally gotten me the reputation of being cranky or distant. It's a ethical thing for me. I don't want people to lie to me so I try not to lie to others.
Dogs aren't people. They don't want to prove to you their career is so much better than yours, they don't care how much money you make, or if you are suitably impressed with the clothes/car/house/vacation. They don't want you lie to them and say that they're thinner than the last time you saw them or that their devil-possessed braty kids are smart and sweet. Even badly trained or agressive dogs aren't misbehaving because they're jerks. They're just dogs. So I do tend to cut dogs more slack than I cut people. I think it's fair.
I'll spare you an account of the insult I endured today which leads to this question. Are you a better person when you're with people or when you're with dogs?

Since it takes different skills to communicate with dogs than it does to communicate with humans, it's natural that some people are better at one than the other. That can lead to frustration in the interaction they are less apt with. Does that make them a better or worse person in that interaction? Probably not.
Lynn K.
Since it takes different skills to communicate with dogs than it does to communicate with humans, it's natural that some ... get in and you'd stay out." I mean qualities like loyalty, forbearance, forgiveness and uncritical acceptance. Love without strings attached.

I've never, once, lost patience or become angry with an animal. The ground is littered with people I've blasted.
BTW, Tricia, if you see this.. I agree with all you say about the necessity of handling the public. I could never do it, so I don't interact with them I leave the shelter when it's open. Nobody dumping an animal would leave the place without damage. No adoptor would be good enough.
BTW, Tricia, if you see this.. I agree with all you say about the necessity of handling the public. I ... shelter when it's open. Nobody dumping an animal would leave the place without damage. No adoptor would be good enough.

Your strength is in knowing yourself. I too would not be able to handle the job of accepting surrendered dogs, especially those seniors that have lived in the home for years, but now the people are done with them. I couldn't do it without a lot of disdain. OTOH, we have wonderful adopters. And they come back with the dogs and attend classes and love their dogs. But I would still find it hard to find them good enough, so that's another job I wouldn't do.
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