As I stated in the last post The Relativity of Reality, Pursuing Tenzing Norgay is about how we define our relationship with those most dependent upon our benevolence, those without a voice, those whose rights we establish by virtue of our humanity. Those we commonly call our best friends aka Dogs.
The crux of this situation revolves around the events that transpired after Tenzings adoption. Because the people who adopted Tenzing have refused to communicate with me (as per our verbal agreement at the time of the adoption) about Tenzings welfare for almost 8 months the question arises, are they Dog-Flippers?
What is a Dog-Flipper? A person or persons who misrepresent their motives in the process of obtaining a Dog from an individual, family, shelter or rescue organization with the intent and purpose of selling the dog for profit aka people who traffic in Dogs.
From where I sit, Dog-Flipping is an abuse of our domesticated dependents. It exist because of our chosen ideology and reveals the way we betray our own humanity. How we define the rights of those most dependent upon us gives meaning to our humanity. Our domesticated animals are our responsibility by choice, the way in which we provide for our domesticated animals, influences the character of our civility and the level to which we cultivate compassion in our society.
If we accept this exploitation of those most dependent upon our benevolence as common behavior then we accept the concept of profit at the expense of those less fortunate than ourselves. We consent to and demand a supply of domestic dependents to provide resource for our potential profit which results in a surplus of unwanted dependents/pets.
This surplus diminishes their value and creates the overpopulation of unwanted pets in our Animal Shelters, Rescue Organizations and Humane societies. We choose to dispose of our surplus pets (as if they were nothing more than disposable assets) which eventually stimulates the potential for greater profit via supply and demand. This surplus of unwanted pets is representative of our cultural ideology. We have created the environment in which Dog-Flippers thrive. Ultimately, we betray the loyalty of our best friends and our own humanity.
I don’t know what the solution or answer is, however, I do know if we begin the conversation in earnest without seeking someone or some agency to blame, but rather give our voice, our authority to those who need it the most, our domestic dependents our best friends, we will as a community heal our self-inflicted wounds. There is value in Loyalty beyond the potential for profit. We can learn from out mistakes.