I just got back from beautiful, beautiful Mexico. On the one cooler day we had, my friend and I finally ventured into the large jacuzzi that was at our resort. We'd seen people in it earlier in our trip and just thought them damn crazy! I mean, who goes into a giant, heated, bubbly pool in 83 degree HUMID weather?!
Anyway, so my friend and I go in on this cool day and who do we happen to sit by but a group of three people discussing cats - PUREBRED cats at that. Now, I have no issue with purebred cats, but these people were talking about how they just loved their purebred cat so much they had to breed her and their kids loved it, blah, blah, blah. Are you aware some 10,000 loving, HEALTHY animals are killed EVERY DAY in the U.S. because there's just simply not enough homes for them? Well, it's true. So, hearing someone discuss just on a whim breeding their cat upsets me.
I know not everyone understands this, so I turn to my very healthy, very fit friend and said to her: "Imagine sitting here and overhearing someone say how useless running is, it's a big waste of time and if you run, you're an idiot. That's pretty much how this conversation is for me - they're dismissing everything I do." This is the only way I could try to make her relate to how I was feeling at the moment. As if the hot water wasn't enough, my blood was getting a little heated too.
These people went on to also talk about their cat getting sick and they just gave it up to Siamese Rescue. Turns out the cat had some sort of complication (didn't hear the specifics) from being bred by this couple. I know not all people value their pets like I do, but when getting a pet you're making a COMMITMENT, a commitment to be responsible! Should that pet live a long life and need some assistance at the end or be horribly injured the day after bringing them home, you're responsible - even financially! If I can figure out a way to pull money together for some crazy, new-age way to create eyelids for a kitten born without any, most people can figure out a way to at least afford to fix their pet (especially when there's so much assistance for that now). Correcting some medical condition is a lot cheaper than sending your kid off to college or going on some fancy vacation to Mexico to sit around in a hot tub.
It just frustrates me how people can be so ignorant.