Just a rant
Oh my goodness, Bing you are so correct! I JUST wrote a blog post about this exact thing a few days ago. About how perspective is so important because people aren't bad, they just experience the world differently than I do. You're right, she isn't cruel, she just doesn't experience the suffering as I do. I always need reminding to take a step back and remember that. Unfortunately, the pig passed about 9pm last night.
but at least now I know I won't have to fight her to get it a better home. She's talking about getting a puppy now. :/ Some people never learn. I don't think she'll ever pay me back for the vet visit but I knew that going into it. I'm just really hoping she doesn't get a dog. I have a dog and it's a lot more work (and money) than a guinea pig. I've been talking with her and showing her the costs of having a dog: food, puppy shots, yearly vaccinations, toys, grooming, unexpected vet visits, heartworm and flea preventative, collars, leashes, crates, food dishes. I've shown her I spend well over $600 a year on my dog and my dog is smaller than the one she wants! But she found puppies for sale for $75 and she thinks because she has an extra $150 this month that means she can afford it. I tried tellin her that's not enough for the dog, the shots, AND the supplies she'll need to get started. I can already see myself getting stuck caring for this dog. And I WILL because I can't stand to see animals mistreated, but there's a reason I only have one dog. I love my dog and she's my baby, but I really only have the time and money for one dog.