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Animal Commercials [posted 11-13-08]

15 Feb

I have been in veterinary settings since I was eleven years old.  I’ve seen trashy people that could not take care of themselves, let alone their pet.  I have been offended by their off-color remarks, rancorous at their apathy, and resentful of any irresponsibility on their part.  They show up bare foot with a train-wreck problem and no money.  It’s a bad time!

I think maggots crawling out of wounds or orifices bring me the most umbrage in the veterinary world.  It makes me itch all over and it has a certain horrid smell.  It makes me feel a ton of ire toward a person who could let their pet get that way.  You know the animal must be miserable—which I empathize with.  All you can do is shave and clean the area, it really doesn’t seem enough!

I’ve seen horrible accidents and animals in serious pain.  I mean, limbs ripped off, or chain collars that have all but decapitated the poor dog.  In the case of the former, I feel so much antipathy and dudgeon that I actually believe that owner will go to hell.  I’ve been there when pets died, and seen even the toughest owners weep about it.  Sometimes my job is pretty tough.  You sort of have to tune out—just to keep a healthy psyche.  Those that do get used to a certain amount of asperity are hardened to the point that they can start believing the worst of all people.  Naivety–most people in any animal industry do not have it long.

Despite seeing real-life animals every day at work, I cannot even open my eyes during those terribly effective animal commercials they show on TV.  You know the ones where they are asking for donations?  Whoever is writing those is very proficient at pulling on people’s heart-strings (not to mention their purse-strings).  That Sarah McLachlan commercial has the power to make me cry—I really hate seeing it.

Those commercials are probably not even real—but artifice staged to look that bad to gain sympathy and money.  I’m not certain I respect any rescue agency that uses trickery and deceit to gain money–even if it is for something good.  I do not really want to be connived out of my dollars by duplicitous tactics.  That new polar bear extinction commercial is terribly heart-wrenching as well.  I am not sure whether I hope these images are chicanery so I don’t have to worry so much, or am angered that guile is used to get sympathy. . .

So good job dynamic advertisers.  Your money was well spent and your force, strength, and vigor have not gone unrewarded–you got me, and I’m a hard nut to crack.  If I HAD any money, I would certainly donate it to your cause.  As it is, I’ll just have to go to vet school and do my part that way.