Friday, February 19, 2016

Random Rant: Give It A Rest Keyboard Warriors

My patience for keyboard warriors is quickly spiraling downward. It's at the point of almost being nil. I extend my middle finger to those internet trolls who have nothing better to do than continuously spread negativity, look down on others and offer their hateful opinions when they have no idea what's going on. There's a lot of them out there. And, as of late, they're attacking the pet parent community.

I see dozens of posts every single day from irresponsible pet parents. Most of these posts are "Need To Find A Good Home For My Dog" advertisements. These posts go into detail about their situation. New human baby arriving. Allergies. No longer has the time to spend with their "dog." It's not working out. The list extends beyond that, but you get the point. I'll be the first to admit, my frustrations blow through the roof and my first instinct is to express my opinion.

However, I don't. The reason I don't is because my opinion is not going to help the situation.

As of late, there's been a slew of posts from pet parents asking for financial assistance. Their "dog" is sick or was hit by a car or a cancerous tumor was discovered. My heart breaks. The pet parents post a plea for help. Some even start a GoFundMe fundraiser to assist with the surgery that will cost several thousand dollars.

Almost immediately, the keyboard warriors flock the post and the shit brigade starts.

If you can't afford to take care of your dog, maybe you shouldn't have one.

Part of being a responsible "dog owner" is making sure you can afford medical care.

Your dog would be better off with someone who can take care of them.

It's not up to everyone to support your dog. 

These comments really piss me off. How is this helping? It's not. You're not making the situation better. You're not part of solution. You're becoming part of the problem.

What pisses me off even more is that I see a steady stream of pleas and GoFundMe fundraisers for humans who have fallen on hard times. A family member is battling cancer. A child was in a tragic accident and the family is struggling financially. A house fire destroys everything and a family is left homeless with only the shirts on their backs. A disabled human is unable to afford a wheelchair or other necessary accommodations.

The replies to these pleas and fundraisers are never met with harsh criticism. No one dares to say, "If you can't afford to have a child, you shouldn't have had one" or, "It's not our fault you didn't have renter's insurance."

So, why isn't it the same respect given when people reach out to their community for help when it involves a "dog?" Why are people so hateful and negative when a pet parent doesn't have the $4,000 to fork out for surgery? Why are the pet parents judged so harshly?

Life happens. No one is immune to the unexpected or tragedy. While most of us do our best to prepare for this, Lisa and I included, sometimes, it's not enough.

There is no shame in asking for help. 

To the people out there who feel the need to criticize and pass judgment on those who do ask for help, you're only making the situation worse. Instead of plastering your lengthy and pointless opinion, how about asking, "What can I do to help?"

Lisa and I do what we can to help our fellow neighbors and local shelters. We've held dozens of fundraisers to help animals in need. We've hosted a few fundraisers to help humans we had never met because they had fallen on hard times or a family member was battling cancer. If we're able to, we try to lend a helping hand to assist with making the situation easier for those involved.

Our Bodacious Community has always come forth to assist and together, something great happens. We are grateful for each and every one of them.

Give it a rest, keyboard warriors. If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem. Great things are done by a serious of small things brought together. See. Learn. Do.

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