Alright, I thought I “handled” this sort of “Woke Western Social Justice League” (AKA WWSJL) attitude with my elephant post from the other day. It would seem that some readers didn’t get the “memo” or the “tone” of that blog. I don’t know how they missed it considering I ended it with; “DON’T COME FOR ME UNLESS I SEND FOR YOU.” I mean, that’s pretty clear, no?
The bottom line is this, I’m not a fan of people who don’t know me, or the situation that I’m in, laying down comments that can be construed as Judgy McJudgy type input. (In case you missed the elephant piece it was my January 1st post, you can go back and read it if you like http://www.shantellebisson.com/western-people-involved-things/) I just don’t understand how some people makes comments on other people’s social media that are accusatory. I mean I NEVER have. 1) because if I don’t agree with what I see on somebody’s social media I either stop following them, like I did when an old friend posted a story of her husband teaching a two year old how to hold a gun. A LOADED GUN. I didn’t lay into her, hell I didn’t even ask her WTAF. I simply decided that that wasn’t for me and went “bye bye.” 2) And for those that I follow who get up to questionable shit on their social media who I don’t personally know, I wouldn’t dream of it. If I’m not going to bring it up to a friend, I’m certainly not going to school a stranger. Why? Well because they are STRANGERS to me, which means even if I did give them my two cents or challenge them, chances are they won’t listen Because hey, we’re not in a relationship, so why would they?
Anyway, I don’t behave this way, but many people do, which is why I’m writing this post. Judging by some of the comments I’ve seen on my own social media feeds about flying to LA yesterday with our dogs I can see that a) these commenters didn’t read the elephant post or b) I’m jumping to conclusions, and making assumptions as to your “tone” in the comments left behind.
So, what to do? I figure I’ll address it in a blog, and here it is:
Our dogs didn’t go to any school to be trained as service dogs. They didn’t go to the one in Oakville, that two of my girlfriends who have service dogs, did. Although their training was in Oakville, it wasn’t at the school that your service dog went to. Why? Well because our dogs are NOT service dogs.
Aha! Some of you will say; “I knew their dogs were not service dogs. Fakes. Phonies. LA industry type people taking advantage of the system.”
No. You’re still wrong, because,
Our dogs are EMOTIONAL SUPPORT dogs. Yes their vests say service, but that was because when we were flying with them for the first time last year, when their credentials finally came in, it was super last minute the only vests we could get our hands on at the time had badges that say SERVICE on them. But our dogs are absolutely NOT service dogs, Duke doesn’t have the skills to take us to the bank, and Kohl hasn’t got the ability to take us to the liquor store. Neither of them can dial 911, or press an alert button to let the medics know we’re having a seizure.
What my dogs do provide, if you must know, although it really isn’t any of your business, but I’m an abnormally open person so I’m going to tell you. Our dogs provide stability, and security for me wherever I live. You see when I was twelve five boys that I was friends with, who I went to school with and played on the playground with every single day, got into my apartment and attacked me. Luckily for me I got away from them. They didn’t get what they came for, which was to rape me. Ever since that day, as you can imagine I’ve been anxious being alone in any home I’ve ever lived in, so I have dogs. They help me to feel safe when I’m alone, and since YB travels a great deal for work, my dogs need to be wherever I am. They have been medically approved to fly as emotional support animals in order to get them from A to B, safely, so that I may live in peace when I get to where I’m going.
Now is everybody happy?
The non Murdoch mystery as to why our dogs are in the cabin, why they aren’t in cargo, and why they wear service vests has been solved. And to any of you who commented with ill intent, and a touch of doing it with a shitty attitude in your heart, I hope you will think twice before you challenge or question a person as to why they’re doing what they’re doing in their lives that you might not agree with. As I’ve said before, “walk a mile in somebody else’s shoes” and then come after them. For those of you who were legitimately just being curious, I hope this reason doesn’t make you feel bad, now that you know it is because it helps me deal with a post childhood trauma. One that isn’t that easy to shake. Let’s just say I need all the support I can get when I’m in a house all by myself day after day. And Yanny Bissony really wanted me to end this post by saying this: “Tell them that I’m very happy knowing that Kohl can, and would rip somebody’s face off, thanks to his training.”
And so now you know.
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