I Want To Hurt My Dog
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Are you feeling the desire, or the kind of irritation or anger, to the point that you want to hurt your dog?
There are many things that we can’t figure out, and one of the most difficult things to figure out is ourselves. We want to do right, but then we go and do wrong. What is that all about? You know, I don’t have the answers to this kind of thing, either. This is where I rely on my understanding of psychology. And also, sometimes it is necessary for me to rely on my faith in God.
Now, I know for some of you, talk like that is going to turn you off. You’re going to hit the Home button, or that red X at the top right of your screen, on your browser, and move on. Please don’t. Hear me out.
Many times, when we start doing things that we don’t understand, bad things that we know we are going to regret, things we wouldn’t like others to know about… it is because these undesirable behaviors are a result of our inability to process and cope with some kind of conflict or stress in our lives. Maybe it is a difficult home life, terrible boss, bad relationship, or incurable health problem. Maybe it is a result of past abuses, and now all that anger is bubbling up. Maybe life just sucks, and now the frustration is leaking out. In all these cases, you need to figure out what is going on inside, and find a better way of dealing with whatever is frustrating and hurting you. As I was told a long time ago: hurt people… hurt (other) people. And themselves.
So, you need to talk to a professional counselor. Do it. Stay with it until you find the answers you need. And if you can’t handle having a dog right now, find the dog another home. There are many rescue groups out there that will take your dog and find a new, good home. It is just an animal. It can’t understand what you are going through. And if you hurt your dog, you’ll not only harm the dog, you’ll ultimately harm yourself. You will do more psychological trauma to yourself, and then you’ll even be deeper into whatever is going on inside.
With respect to me using my faith in God, I always remember all those imperfect people in the Bible. If you’ve never read the Bible, then you probably have all the wrong ideas of what kinds of lessons are in there that apply to healthy living today. It takes time, and an open mind, to figure all that stuff out. It can take years, but it is well worth it when you can use those lessons to work out the difficult issues of life. So, in this situation, I am reminded of what Paul said about himself in his letter to the Romans (see Chapter 7). In essence, he says he sees this contradiction in himself, he knows what is the right thing to do… but then, he doesn’t understand himself because he goes right out and does just the opposite! Think about that… this is a guy writing about the same kind of conflict I’m sure you are having, only he was talking about it nearly 2,000 years ago. So, whatever you’re dealing with isn’t a new kind of emotional challenge. All of us face that kind of dilemma at one point in our lives, sometimes not very intense, but for others, it is a life and death battle inside. So, back to Paul… so he hates himself for this contradiction. Remember, he is an educated man. He knows right from wrong, and he is even looked at as a prophet, a man of God, and even he is having these kinds of problems. So, what does he do? He goes to God about it. He looks for answers there.
So, the first step is to find out what is going on, and do what your counselor recommends. And you make sure you don’t make the problem worse, so you get the dog away from your home and into a safe home, so that you don’t break the law, and so you don’t act on these temptations to hurt your dog. And if you need even more help, then you may find, as I have from time to time in my life, you need spiritual help, too. That means going to God.
My dad was a very troubled person. Probably much worse than whatever you think you are. And in the end, he ran out of excuses, ran out of ways to hurt others or himself. So, he found himself a Catholic priest, and they started talking. Maybe you aren’t a Catholic. That’s fine, find clergy of a church you are comfortable with, and make an appointment to talk. The last months I saw my dad, he had changed a lot. He had started to try and make amends to us for all the bad things he had done. And then he died, of a massive heart attack. But, I gave him credit for trying. It would have been worse if I had known he had never even tried to change. And towards the end, he started finding some peace in his life. I don’t know what he and that priest talked about, but I do know that it made a difference. And you may need to go that route to deal with whatever things you are facing.
So, go now. Go do this and find your own peace.
>>>> It is also important to note that by searching for ways to hurt a dog on the internet, Google and your internet service provider now have a record of your search. It is in their databanks right this minute, and will be kept by them indefinitely. They know where you live, the type of computer you used, if you used a phone they know the number, they know your address, what search terms you typed into their search engines, the dates you searched, the amount of time you were on the internet, any past searches you have ever done, and so forth. If you acted on this impulse to hurt a dog, then all the police have to do is issue those companies a search warrant… and you will go to prison. And there is nothing you can do to stop it. You have taken the first step to becoming an inmate in prison. And just like prison inmates beat, forcibly rape and kill child molesters, they will do the same to you if you harm a dog. So… please go get professional help. Otherwise, they will be after you soon.
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Sam Basso is a professional dog trainer and behaviorist, in the Phoenix/ Scottsdale metropolitan area. He’s known for being fun, kind, intelligent, and humane. Sam Basso has a unique personal touch. He has appeared on his own TV show, been a guest radio expert, gives seminars, publishes a dog related blog, does rescue volunteering, and is active in promoting animal welfare and fair dog laws.