I can't let go of a vision in my head that when I was driving past Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield, MA yesterday, I saw a man slap the shit out of his dog, now I didn't see exactly what the dog did to deserve such a slap across the head...but it took all my strength to not turn around to go back and confront the man...I was not the only witness to this, because I saw the facial expressions of people walking behind them. I was really pressed for time, I actually thought through about the repercussions of what might/could happen to me if I went back...which could have caused a bigger scene.
I tear up at the thought of what I saw yesterday, tears rolling down my face as I type this...the slap wasn't like so bad that it hurt the dog physically, I don't think. But if the guy does that shit in public, how must he treat that dog at home? (If he's trying to train the dog, hitting is NOT the appropriate response to wrongdoings)
I do NOT like animal (and people) abuse. I do not like people who hit/hurt animals (and people). I've always said that if I could rid the world of the worst disease in the world - believe me it's NOT CANCER OR TERMINAL ILLNESS...it's ABUSE! I'd gladly lay down with the worst terminal illness to stop all abuse in this world.
But I can't stop thinking...Should I have gone back to ask the man what his dog had done so badly that he felt that he can hit it across the head like that?
Hindsight is 20/20 - so of course I should have gone back and advocated for the dog. But I didn't, so I've prayed about a hundred times that I hope that the higher power above will watch over that dog and all abused animals, and make it stop, and put an end to such undeserving abuse.