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Hamster Call

So even though the sanctuary is for farmed animals, we are listed in the phone book under "humane societies". We get a lot of dog and cat and "other" animal calls, which is irksome to say the least.

This morning a woman calls concerned that her kids might have contracted rabies. From a hamster. That everyone always had to wear gloves to handle because he bit people frequently. The hamster died and now she wanted to find out about getting the hamster tested. I explained that hamsters are not great kid pets, that if the hamster always needed to be handled with gloves then he should not have been handled at all by children (or stupid adults, for that matter), and that the hamster probably died of natural causes. I handed her off to animal control because she still wasn't convinced that her preshus chitlins weren't already dying of an incurable virus.

I guess I just do not understand why anyone would make such a call about an animal that has acted aggressively his entire life. More than that, I don't understand why people are so stupid as to frustrate and torture the poor hamster who clearly was never comfortable being touched or handled. Respect, people, respect. If an animal doesn't want to be touched, either work on getting him used to handling in a positive manner or leave him be and provide him a good life w/o physical contact. It can be done.

More importantly, I have the best cat in the universe on my lap snoozing. His name is Thomas and I love him. And I wish my dumb dog(s) would be cat savvy instead of cat stupid so I could have a cat like Thomas.


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Nov. 13th, 2008 05:19 pm (UTC)
How did you manage without your brain exploding?
Nov. 13th, 2008 05:21 pm (UTC)
Marji knows to wear a very sturdy helmet when dealing with teh stoopid.
Nov. 13th, 2008 05:38 pm (UTC)
Ah, she is wise.

Which reminds me, I've got to find my own helmet...
Nov. 13th, 2008 05:53 pm (UTC)
I would have explained that rabies is very very rare in animals as small as hamsters, since the disease is transmitted by bites (usually) and little critters don't generally survive the bite.
(That doesn't explain bats, but no one has adequately explained the high rate of rabies in bats to me.)

Or you could ask: At what point, madam, did you allow a rabid animal in your house to expose your pet to rabies?
Nov. 13th, 2008 07:27 pm (UTC)
I wish my roommate wasn't cat-stupid.
Nov. 14th, 2008 12:05 am (UTC)
People often get all shocked with me and tell me my dogs will take over the house when I explain that I try to base my relationship with them on respect.

I mean, yeah, dogs need rules. There are some decisions dogs just cannot make for themselves. But within the framework I've set up to keep them safe and healthy and happy, I try to let them make decisions. I think that's why they put up with so much weird crap from me... they know it's affectionately meant when I put reindeer antlers on their heads, say, and they also know that if they say "no" that I'll listen and not make them wear the antlers. Or if they tell me something is too hard, or too confusing, or they just don't feel like doing it, I'll listen. I may have to make them do it anyway, but the value of the bribes will increase until they agree it's worth it (if possible).

tl;dr: more people need to listen when the critters speak, and respect the answer, and your dog(s) will not take over the house if you do.

Also if you are ever in my area I will let you hug on Rooney Lee.
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