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This is my entry this week for therealljidol. I invite you to read and vote for the many fine entries. This week we're writing about six topics. This addresses the topic "Current Events," where we had to do something based on a news story.





Yesterday, I saw a Dachshund turn its nose up at a Chihuahua. It refused to sniff what it considered an inferior breed. As it walked away, it barked what was clearly an insult, perhaps followed by a command to "go back to Mexico."

The day before that, a gang of Spaniels jumped a Corgi and beat him until his collar fell off. The young Corgi had made the mistake of trespassing into the wrong territory. A foolish error, really: everybody knows that Corgis aren't welcome in that neighborhood, and you could smell the Spaniels a mile away.

The way I understand it, a group of Great Danes has been picketing the Westminster Kennel Club for selecting a Pekingese as Best in Show. They are questioning whether Malachy, whose full name is Ch Palacegarden Malachy, is really a purebred. Palacegarden, they argue, is a compound word and therefore, Malachy must be a mix. They're lobbying the judges to elect their favorite candidate, Brutus Maximus Thereafter, who is of course, a Great Dane.

I never thought I'd see a day when such canine prejudice came back into prevalence. No one wants to return to the days when public water bowls were marked "Purebreds Only" and when only hounds were allowed to sniff fire hydrants. It's easy to forget there was once a time when Schnauzers had to walk in the gutter, and when mixed-breed dogs were only allowed to fetch the smallest sticks. In those days, a poodle would never allow herself to be seen canoodling with a Jack Russell terrier.

Those benighted days are gone, thanks to the crusading of brave, dedicated dogs who banded together to create a world where dogs would be judged, not by the shape of their snouts but by the strength of their urine smell.

Naive young pups like to bark that canine prejudice is over, that today everybody knows that breeds of all types should be accepted. And yet, they still throw around the word "mutt," forgetting the sort of pain it brings to mixed-breed dogs. They are oblivious to such daily subtle prejudices as when a Dalmatian licks his nose after sniffing a Boxer, or when a Beagle barks at Springer Spaniels but not Sharpeis.

It's easy to overlook such subtle prejudices, easy to convince ourselves they're no longer relevant and that we live in a canine utopia of universal acceptance. That, sadly, is far from the truth. And if it takes news stories like the one circulating around the Internet, about an Irish Wolfhound who refused to be petted by someone who had just petted a Pug, then I say forward away. We need to remain vigilant against such prejudices, so that hopefully one day we will create a world where dogs of all shapes and sizes will live together in peace.

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It's no less ridiculous when humans discriminate against each other based on racial differences, as demonstrated in this story about a congregation who refused to allow its pastor to marry a black couple in the church.

A scritch behind the ears to my husband, toanstation, a.k.a. The Gryphon, who provided feedback and ideas for this piece and suggested the title. A tail wag goes to roina_arwen for taking a look at it for me.



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whipchick
Jul. 31st, 2012 04:53 pm (UTC)
I went parable this week, too :). I'm with you, I'm aghast, not only that the congregation would dare try to keep out a black couple, but that the minister would buckle under like that. One of the most un-Christian things I've heard in a long time.
alycewilson
Jul. 31st, 2012 05:03 pm (UTC)
I wanted to use a form I hadn't used yet. Great minds think alike! I hope to do some reading in between writing today's pieces. Right now I'm in the grocery store.

That story struck me as so ridiculous, I needed to show just how silly it was. :)
kathrynrose
Aug. 8th, 2012 02:25 am (UTC)
I chose that story also but never got my entry written about it. I find myself defending the pastor who secured them a new venue at the last minute and still performed the ceremony.

I may still write it just to share my perspective as somone who once worked in a southern church, and was once pre-seminary.

It's a horrible situation and I feel really bad for the couple, but I feel bad for the pastor too.
alycewilson
Aug. 8th, 2012 02:59 am (UTC)
I agree that the pastor deserves kudos for following through on his commitment to that couple. As you probably realize from your own experiences, his insistence on moving the wedding to a new venue might still endanger his standing with his own congregation. I wouldn't be surprised if some people even leave the church over it, if they were that adamant about him not performing the wedding. Sad.
kathrynrose
Aug. 8th, 2012 03:25 am (UTC)
I followed it for a few days after. I wanted to see what happened after the first Sunday. There have been church meetings about it. A lot of members are horrified that it happened.

It's the old money- power-base of the church that got upset (which I pretty much predicted when I read the first few paragraphs about it).

I really do think I'll write that post eventually. (After I finish reading all of y'alls!) :)
myrna_bird
Aug. 5th, 2012 11:59 am (UTC)
I am intent on reading all entries for this poll, A, B, C ? whenever it happens.Kudos for your persistence!
I enjoyed this piece-never thought about class distinction among animals, BY animals. Very clever way to get that discrimination message across!
alycewilson
Aug. 8th, 2012 03:00 am (UTC)
Thank you! I got the inspiration for this while taking a bath and looking at my son's toy ducks. Until then, I'd been set on taking a more serious approach. When I came up with this way of addressing it, it just clicked.
notodette
Aug. 8th, 2012 02:59 am (UTC)
What a great idea.
alycewilson
Aug. 8th, 2012 03:02 am (UTC)
Thanks! It was a moment of inspiration that came from looking at my son's ducks in the bath. Before that, I was going to take a more serious approach and probably bring in some things people had told me that weekend about how cosplayers of color are often subjected to negative remarks when they dress up as white characters.
n3m3sis42
Aug. 8th, 2012 02:21 pm (UTC)
It really is insane in this day and age that the article you referenced is even a thing. :\
alycewilson
Aug. 10th, 2012 08:11 pm (UTC)
Isn't it? I couldn't believe it when I read it.
pixiebelle
Aug. 8th, 2012 10:00 pm (UTC)
I love the metaphor using dogs. Dogs don't discriminate. They don't care if you're black, white, skinny or obese. You can be rich or poor... I'm a dog lover though, so of course I liked that comparison. If only more people were like my Annabelle....
alycewilson
Aug. 10th, 2012 08:12 pm (UTC)
I knew that you, of all people, would appreciate this one. In part, it sprung out of a conversation I had with people, wondering how KFP identifies a dog as a dog. They're all so different! And yet, dogs don't discriminate.
porn_this_way
Aug. 9th, 2012 10:12 am (UTC)
And the moral of the story is: racism's a bitch. ;)
alycewilson
Aug. 10th, 2012 08:12 pm (UTC)
LOL Good one!
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alycewilson
Aug. 10th, 2012 08:13 pm (UTC)
Exactly. It's really baffling, and I don't understand it a bit.
i_smell_apples
Aug. 14th, 2012 03:36 am (UTC)
Holy crap, I can't believe that article is actually current and not from the 1930s or something. WHAT.

I loved the way you lead into it though, it feels so light-hearted talking about dogs being prejudiced, and then WHAM! Suddenly it goes from a light-hearted tale, to really highlighting how stupid such things are.
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