Your citing of a person suffering from an allergic reaction to a dog by touching the door handle that was handled by pet owner has little credibility.
People with allergies to pets are allergic to pet dander. Dander is natural sloughing of skin cells. In dogs with an undercoat, the dander remains in the layers of the coat/hair and is not as easily dispersed as in a hypoallergenic dog which has no undercoat. Dander is the same sloughing of skin cells that occurs with humans, among others.
It requires significant exposure of an allergen to cause an severe allergic reaction. Touching a door handle previously handled by a pet owner is not going to lend to an allergic reaction, let alone anaphalytic shock.
You cite the door handles of an apartment building contaminated by pet dander. It takes significant exposure of an allergen to cause symptoms. There is ample air circulation in an apartment building that a dog walking through a lobby is not going to cause an allergic reaction in a person who is sensitive to pet dander. A person with an allergy is going to need to nuzzle up to a dog/cat and have close and intimate contact with an offending pet.
If the example you cite of door handles in apartments were accurate, then we would be seeing pet danger allergenic reactions in other public venues where dogs are present. This, clearly, is not the case. We do not bear witness to massive public allergic reactions to pet danger. Again, a person with an allergic response needs to have intimate and close contact with a pet or must be in an environment where there is extensive accumulation of pet danger (ex. a home with multiple pets where a person with an allergy comes for a weekend stay as a house-guest).
I do not see clear reasoning in your devil's advocate position. I do gather that you are not fond of pets. And that is A-OK. But the fact that you do not like pets need not interfere with my close association with pets, now with someone else who would like the comfort and healing of an emotional support pet or a trained service animal.
Veterans returning from Iraq/Iran with severe PTSD are being provided with emotional support animals to calm anxiety and restlessness, in a program provided by the VA.
I live in a condominium. The rules and regulations allow for pet ownership of up to 2 pets. No pet can weigh more than 65 pounds. No breeds are excluded. Pets can include dogs, cats, birds, fish, reptiles. I am not subjecting anyone in this building to a dog without consideration of others' needs, although there is a vocal minority of individuals who harbor ill-will toward the pets who do reside here.
If someone in this condominium wants a living environment that caters to their every single whim, then they need to live in a single dwelling detached home.
Condominium and apartment living is communal living. It requires being
open to diversity and inclusion.
When I first had Molly, the apartment that I was living in was a no-pet building. The building made appropriate accommodations to meet my needs and Molly's needs . . . as well as the needs of the other residents. Molly's presence was so positive a contribution to the apartment community, that the building adopted its rules and regulations to become a pet friendly building. Other residents became availing of pet ownership, without the requisite of having a service dog.
I can tell that you have had a negative experience with living with your cats. I bet your cats would also comment that the relationship was not conducive to them, as well.
I often judge the character of a person by how well they care for his/her pet. A person who is indifferent to a pet, who treats a pet as an object, who gives scant attention or care to his/her pet shows their "true colors."
We will have to agree to disagree on the true value of pet ownership.
I am a better person for having Molly in my life - both physically and psychologically. I owe her with my life.
The book by Dr. Seuss, "Horton the Hoo," is an adept analogy of the deep commitment and love that Molly affords me. Molly is faithful to me 100%. Molly is the one constant in my life that I can depend on. To minimize the significant of a companion pet is to be blind to the harshness that humans can exact on one another. I have been deeply hurt by people in my life, including my own family. Not so with pets. The relationship with a pet is genuine with no false fronts.
You can continue to life you life without pets. You can savor your meat and stuffing yourself until you are full. I do not see how one can boast about
eating meat. The meat and poultry industry is appalling in their practices. Chickens that are fed growth hormones and that mature so quickly that they cannot stand on their legs because their breasts are so enlarged. Do you really think that the meat that you eat, added with growth hormones, is good for your well-being?
Little wonder that Americans are facing increasing illness and disease. Our food supply - the growing of wheat, the raising of cattle for meat and milk and cheese - is increasingly affected by insecticides, antibiotics, and added growth hormone. Girls are entering puberty at earlier and earlier ages, with evidence pointing to hormones added in the food chain. Metabolic syndrome and type II diabetes is on a steep rise. Obesity. Heart disease and colon cancer affecting more and more people below the age of 50.
I will cherish my soul-mate of a companion pet in Molly. I will endeavor to have a small negative on this earth by being mindful of leaving a small carbon footprint - following a vegan lifestyle, choose to relinquish my car and using public transportation, not succumbing to a sedentary lifestyle despite avascular necrosis of my hips. Until the day that I am sidelined by a fractured hip, Molly and I will be walking side-by-side.
Honestly, I believe that God/Higher power scatters the world with guardian angles, in the form of people and animals. I believe that Molly is in my life for a reason. Molly is my guardian angle.
We will have to agree to disagree on the discussion of companion pets and their significance and purpose.
For anyone who feels a tug at their heart to get a companion pet - a specialty service dog or an emotional support animal - my advice is to go for it. Molly has been the best medicine for me, hands-down.
- Karen -
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