So what happened to Orson?
Posted 26 September 2006 - 10:30 AM
This was the worst for me:
I didn't the see the most OBVIOUS option on that list: go to a dog behaviorist.
I had four choices.
I could build a more secure kennel for Orson behind the house, away from traffic and visitors.
I could find a more isolated and peaceful home for him, where fewer people visited to alarm him.
I could take Orson to a veterinary school like Cornell's for more sophisticated testing?MRIs, brain scans, further blood work?to make certain that no medical issue (a tumor, for example) was causing his violent behavior.
I could take him to my vet and have him killed.
jeeze, going to a trainer/behaviorist would be my first choice - but he didn't even put it on the list!
arg, just don't even get me started with Katz. :mad:
Posted 26 September 2006 - 11:40 AM
Riven - http://www.dogster.c...gs/271754/sniff http://dogphoria.com...mber=Rivendell1
Rohan - http://www.catster.c...ts/271760/sniff
My dog is not a child substitute. At least thats what his piano teacher says. - Rita Rudner
Posted 26 September 2006 - 01:09 PM
Dogs: Reece, Pith, Kodah, Duma, Tweed, Meesh, & Jakey
Cats: Loki, Elly, Cooper, Aris, Demon, & Shay
In Memory Of: Vin, Buck, Goo, Ezra, Orion, Dante, Demus, Pacce, & Imp
Posted 26 September 2006 - 01:21 PM
The worst thing is, he's probably mostly right. I have no doubt this dog is now so screwed up he'd be out of place just about anywhere.
Cord, Ted, Gus, Sam - plus Maggie, Zhi, Lynn, Jetta, Lu, Min, and Tully
Posted 26 September 2006 - 01:22 PM
Border Collies Jester and Kit; small dogs Digger and Boo, and cats Ben and Mingo
"You gonna throw that? You gonna throw that?" --Jester
"I'm grouchier than you are" --Kit
(Boing! Boing! Boing!)--Digger
"I love everyone!" -- Boo
Posted 26 September 2006 - 01:37 PM
Well. Maybe this will undermine his enormous and extremely misguided fan club. I personally think he's not just milking the story; I think he didn't want to put in the effort and the money to get the dog worked up medically and then worked up and treated by a behaviorist. Isn't that more or less typical of his usual tricks? He delvelops an enthusiasm and is all gung-ho about it until it becomes inconvenient or starts to either bore him or challenge him more than he feels up to. The mark of a basically lazy and shallow person, IMO.
Of course, these are just my opinions. But now I get to brace myself (professionally speaking) yet again against the results of his public idiocy.
GRRR! (Sorry, guys. I'll try to control myself now. Or at least stop swearing.)
Besides, I have to go make some wine now.
Posted 26 September 2006 - 01:46 PM
Posted 26 September 2006 - 03:44 PM
Posted 26 September 2006 - 11:41 PM
Celt, Megan, and Dan
"When the chips are down, watch where you step."
"The happiest people don't necessarily have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything." - author unknown
Posted 27 September 2006 - 12:17 AM
If keeping his dog alive is a selfish act to him, then what, exactly, is that dog to him? Surely not an INDIVIDUAL to whom he owes a lot, but rather some bragworthy extension of himself?
Okay, there's a lot of people who believe in "humans come first" and I respect that, even though I do not believe in it, but the way he talks about his dogs sometimes...could have fooled me if it wasn't for the whiney tone.
I wonder if he ever gave the money he saved on vet bills by killing Orson to his poor neighbours after all?
Where was the balance between the care and money I lavished on Orson and the needs of human beings?
Posted 27 September 2006 - 01:16 AM
You both hit the nail on the head. One, he is looking to sell books, and two, he thinks it is worse to try and fix the problem than kill the dog.
You know, I never really was affronted by him before. Now, however, I see the true man. A man who's entire life is based around writing "books" by a vanity press; books who appeal to those of us who long to have a farm. He has subverted all that is solemn and sacred about farming and sheepdogs.
Posted 27 September 2006 - 04:37 AM
Posted 27 September 2006 - 05:46 AM
I mean for crying out loud, you'd think they were cars the way he talks about them.
Posted 27 September 2006 - 05:52 AM
In the Slate post yesterday, he asks in the subtitle "What should I do", suggesting he hadn't already done what he was going to do. He is also careful not to say what he did.
I guess he didn't want to spoil the ending of the book.
I wonder if this part of Orson's story will make it into the film version of "A Dog's Year"
Robin: One of the two people
Renzo: First dog, resident non-BC
Pippin, Tansy, Hamish, Rafe, Kyzer, Lad and Zac: the BC crew
Fox, Lars, Milo and Xeno: Kitties
Good girl Ness went to the Bridge Dec. 1, 2008
Posted 27 September 2006 - 06:23 AM
Posted 27 September 2006 - 06:25 AM
I think if you do a 'search' on the forum, you will have your questions answered about Katz.
Cricket, BC, mistress of the household
Dusty, the foundling, being as good as his DNA will allow
Flint, BC, a sparky pup
Spark. BC - can we PLEASE play ball?
Jazz (my heartdog - April 1999-April 2010)
Zachary, my little ironman (July 1994-April 2012)
Brandy (a good dog - 1983-1999)
He is my other eyes that can see above the clouds; my other ears that hear above the winds
Posted 27 September 2006 - 07:20 AM
Soul dog? THis is how you treat your soul dog? I am very disturbed by this.... :confused: I don't understand it. He did not go the extra mile for a dog that changed his life for the better......there is a quote by Charles Doran-" A man's soul can be judged by the way he treats his dog"....'nough said.....
Art of the Dog~ For the Love of the Dog
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