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Why Do I Bother Writing This Blog?

Sometimes I ask myself why I continue to write a blog dedicated to the welfare of animals. Aren’t there plenty of other groups and people doing the same that are at least getting paid to carry that message? Am I nothing more than a minnow swimming in the ocean?

After all, if I were to write about something else, I could most likely turn it into a money-making venture. And that would certainly be nice.

And then I find myself in situations that remind me that the problem isn’t that I’m a small voice, but that there aren’t more of us raising our small voices, thus creating a mighty wave that crashes its’ message onto the shore.

You see, the problem isn’t that there aren’t people like me that care. And it’s not that there are people out there that could care less.

No, the problem is that there are many of you that do care, but keep your mouths shut.

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one of the rare times Hissy has his mouth shut

Laws alone won’t turn a person’s heart. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for strengthening animal welfare laws. I think that they may not make people see animals differently, but they will discourage law-abiding citizens from acting outside of the law. And for some folks, it’s not about thinking themselves into better acting, but in acting their way into better thinking.

However, laws are only effective if they’re funded and enforced. And even then, most often it is up to the citizens to notify law enforcement when those laws are being broken. All too often, one or more of those things don’t happen.

There's nothing wrong with using what works for you to let your voice be heard.

There’s nothing wrong with using what works for you to let your voice be heard.

So we’re back to our school of minnows in this vast ocean. Let us resolve that we will no longer stand by and allow others to craft our message for us. We don’t need huge welfare agencies, business conglomerates, or publicity-seeking nut jobs speaking for us. What we need is for each of us to speak up for ourselves and for those who cannot speak in a language that we understand.

What? What was that you said? Speak up louder, please. I can’t hear you. 

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I am a malamute that was rescued by Jen. I live with June Buggie the cat. I blog about animal welfare and responsible care of companion animals at rumpydog.com. You can follow me on Twitter - @RumpyDog. And don't forget to LIKE my Facebook page! Thanks!

Discussion

35 thoughts on “Why Do I Bother Writing This Blog?

  1. Well said Rumpy Dog. We are all only one person, but together we are many people, many voices.

    Posted by dianaroggenbuckebrown | January 16, 2014, 6:24 AM
  2. We all need to speak out more and have our voices heard about whatever we are passionate about. I’m tired of the loud voices that speak hate and vitriol, while those people who speak sense and kindness remain silent. Write on! Speak loudly!

    Posted by Lisa A. Kramer | January 16, 2014, 6:27 AM
  3. Well said Rumpy..there is a lot of nasty vitriolic and hateful talk and all it does is put people off..more flies with honey than vinegar my grandma used to say..i speak I write and often in a private way..i find responses to be better when gentle but firm heads prevail…the power of one should not be underestimated.

    Posted by fozziemum | January 16, 2014, 6:46 AM
  4. Sorry to hear you are frustrated writing your blog about animals. If you truly find writing your blog questionable then maybe a short vacation from it maybe in order. .

    Posted by Lee | January 16, 2014, 6:53 AM
  5. Believe it or not, every little voice matters. And yes, I may not be your most avid visitor, but I can assure you that I hear you loud and clear.

    So here’s to animal advocacy from us tiny minnows in the sea.

    Posted by haopee2 | January 16, 2014, 6:56 AM
  6. Amen. I have been thinking the same thoughts lately. I see people get all outraged and leave nasty comments when they see a story of animal abuse, but how many of them actually DO something to try and change it? Talk is cheap. Actions speak louder than words. Great post.

    Posted by Mel | January 16, 2014, 6:57 AM
  7. I will give my voice for the rights of animals and I hope together we will be a chorus what the whole world can hear :o)

    Posted by easyweimaraner | January 16, 2014, 7:14 AM
  8. Great post and a reminder that we all need. I am sharing this on my Twitter and Facebook. I hope that is one way to help get the message out there, and I hope sharing on social media is something that helps our voices get heard.

    Posted by Jan K | January 16, 2014, 7:30 AM
  9. Fine words – we give to many animal welfare charities through our bank, yet true we could/should/will do more.

    Posted by mikesteeden | January 16, 2014, 8:40 AM
  10. I should speak up more. I am ashamed of myself.

    Posted by Marilyn Armstrong | January 16, 2014, 9:08 AM
  11. I love Hissy’s freckles….

    Posted by Trish Hetherington | January 16, 2014, 9:17 AM
  12. I speak up Rumpy! Mals united! Wooooowooooooo!
    p.s. Mama wants to rub your tummy now!

    Posted by Kuruk | January 16, 2014, 9:48 AM
  13. I agree, and its great that you along with other champion those who can not speak for themselves… Each of us play our roles according to that passion which drives us…. Passion is what drives you.. … And I am glad you speak up.. Those who come here i know are mostly the converted… And yes more could be done by those who sit back and see suffering….
    I hope you keep bothering to write :-) xxx Hugs to you xxx Sue

    Posted by Sue Dreamwalker | January 16, 2014, 9:50 AM
  14. Wow! What a great post today!
    I like to think I do what I can to help our voiceless furry friends. I am sure there is always more that I could do tho!
    I am big on taking part in anyetitions going on and I often post of dog fighting cases to help raise awareness, but there more I could be doing, I’m sure your right! Very inspiring post today!
    ((Husky hugz))
    “Love is being owned by a husky”

    Posted by Jenna,Mark “HuskyCrazed” Drady | January 16, 2014, 10:14 AM
  15. to the voices of the many hear our roar!Grrrrrrrrr
    xx Rachel

    Posted by speedyrabbit | January 16, 2014, 11:08 AM
  16. You answered your own question with the last line of your blog: “What we need is for each of us to speak up for ourselves and for those who cannot speak in a language that we understand.”

    It is people like you that speak up for those animals that do not speak our language. Without you where would they be?

    Keep speaking, they need you.
    Peace, love, and happiness to you!

    Posted by Frank | January 16, 2014, 12:05 PM
  17. Thank you for what you do. You have taught me to question things that had never occurred to me. Think about what I eat and do and how things I buy can impact animals I claimed to care about. I don’t know if that is what you set out to do but you have changed things for me quite dramatically. I now speak out about things instead of keeping my head down and walking by.

    Whenever you question why you do this, I hope the fact that you may convert others like me is of comfort

    ~ Amy

    Posted by hutchagoodlife | January 16, 2014, 12:52 PM
  18. SOMEONE Must speak UP and OUT. and you do a good job of it.

    Posted by Frankie and Ernie | January 16, 2014, 1:01 PM
  19. I speak out, not as much as I’d like due to time constraints, I also put the money I can where my mouth goes. Almost all of my donations go towards animal welfare. I appreciate your blog and find it very informative. It may even inspire me to take action in some cases.
    My blog however is a record of my dogs life and not a forum for anything else.
    Keep swimming little minnow! I can hear you!

    Posted by wigglebuttryker | January 16, 2014, 1:26 PM
  20. Rumpy, solid post. You may not have money or status – but people are discovering that single voices raised and targeted can and does make a difference. One must try and do what one is able. Take heart.

    Posted by philosophermouseofthehedge | January 16, 2014, 4:00 PM
  21. You keep on fighting the good fight! Some people do nothing but complain about animal cruelty because they feel helpless. Even if we can’t do everything, we can all do something. We can help bring public awareness of the cruelty of puppy mills; we can donate time, goods or money to local rescues or shelters; we can foster or adopt animals; we can share or crosspost on social media for adoptable animals or lost animals; we can teach people the humane way to train animals; support legislation to punish animal cruelty; report abuse whenever we see it and be responsible guardians of our own pets. I agree with you completely – we all need to do whatever we can. Thank you for your efforts :)

    Posted by Linda Trunell | January 16, 2014, 5:02 PM
  22. If nothing else, boost the signal! Lots of little voices talking about the same thing at once have a unified voice eventually.

    Posted by Jen | January 16, 2014, 5:17 PM
  23. Don’t give up on us baby, just give us one more chance!

    Posted by willowdot21 | January 16, 2014, 6:03 PM
  24. I agree! And I believe we need to speak up anytime someone is trying to oppress the most vulnerable. Yes, that is certainly non-human animals. But I believe that hardening your heart to the suffering of animals allows you to also harm human animals. We need to see that compassion toward nature and all its creatures is equally valuable.

    Maybe if pet lovers stood up with environmentalists, environmentalists would speak up more against animal abuse, for example.

    Posted by somethingwagging | January 16, 2014, 7:06 PM
  25. Each one of our voices; each blog we do shows we care about the 4 leggeds everywhere; not just our own 4 leggeds. If we unite our voices we can make a mighty shour & that will be heard…it IS being heard!! We must continue to speak for those who cannot. We are making a difference!!
    Sherri-Ellen & Nylablue xxx

    Posted by Nylabluesmum | January 16, 2014, 8:21 PM
  26. “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” ~~Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    Posted by Maria Appleby | January 16, 2014, 8:46 PM
  27. Unreal post!
    All of our little voices can make a huge wave as long as we keep shouting out for more changes and speak up for those who cannot. All of us who passionately blog about animals and animal rights all make a difference – a unified voice carries a lot of power. Keep doing what you are doing, your voice is valuable and powerful.
    Have you ever read Bryce Courtney’s book “The Power of One”? it’s a powerful book and a true story, and shows how just one voice can and DOES make a huge difference.

    Posted by barb19 | January 16, 2014, 9:28 PM
  28. OK, point taken. We could all do more. Keep up your good work x.

    Posted by shacklefordlb | January 17, 2014, 12:30 PM
  29. because You’re making a huge difference xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

    Posted by Cat Forsley | January 18, 2014, 7:48 AM
  30. Before meeting you on social media, we never thought about animal welfaire so seriously we love animals though, Rumpy, but now we do. You make people think what we should do for animals….that is at least a small step….I hope…

    Posted by eripanwkevin | January 19, 2014, 5:06 AM
  31. I blog, because I want to help in my way and I have to say that before I started blogging, I had no idea what animal welfare really meant and I’ve been astounded by the discussions I’ve come across online and offline. I just want to continue sharing our life with dogs – because it’s amazing – and I love the community I’ve discovered in the process :)

    Posted by Kimberly Gauthier | January 20, 2014, 6:08 PM
  32. My son has a pit bull rescue in WA state and he has recently gotten some really nasty remarks by some people who are out to destroy his rescue and others like him. Fortunately there are people – both 2 and 4 legged who can talk for those who can’t along with top notch rescuers who give these poor animals a chance for a forever happy and loving home. Every time there is one who cannot be saved, it tears our hearts apart. Then we look at the photos of those who have been fortunate to be saved and a new lease on life, I also cry for those like DeDe who are no longer with you. It is losing a child/family member, not “just a dog”. DeDe was a super child and we as blog readers and supporters of you and yours will always remember what DeDe had to say. Thank you for your continued writings. We are always looking forward to what is new from your children. Keep your chin up as well as all your kids.

    Posted by mary markley | January 25, 2014, 11:54 PM

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Hi! My name is Rumpy, and I am an Alaskan Malamute. I used to live in Middle Tennessee, but now my family and I reside in southeast Alabama. I have this cool blog that I started in 2011. Here at rumpydog.com we talk about all things animal, with a focus on animal welfare and responsible animal companion guardianship. But we also like to throw in a heaping helping of cute! cute! cute! I mean, how could you look at me and not melt, right?

My story? Well, I was found on the side of a busy street. Jenny thought she would help me find my home, but nobody claimed me. So now I live with her. She's a pretty good ole' gal, but she is mighty stingy with the dog cookies. *sigh*

There are also some cats- they each have their own story. June Buggie is their chief spokesperson. He is 16 years old, crotchety, and not afraid to say what's on his mind.

All writings and photos are the copyright property of Jenny Threet (unless the writer is a guest blogger, in which case it is the property of that guest blogger) and may not be used without permission.

You can contact me at rumpydog@hotmail.com.

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