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June 01, 2005

Group Warns Spaying, Neutering Promote Pet Promiscuity

Dog_thumb_1A growing number of traditionalist pet owners are refusing to have their dogs and cats spayed and neutered, saying that surgical sterilization encourages pets to be sexually active before they are emotionally ready.

Pet abstinence movement has legs, culture watchers say

By Deanna Swift

 
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BARTLESVILLE, OK—At just over a year old, Gunner looks—and acts—like a typical black Labrador Retriever. He bounds about the first floor of David and Shelley Frazier's split level home, his large paws hinting at just how big this pup will be when he reaches full size.

But Gunner isn't an ordinary pet—and David and Shelley are not ordinary pet owners. The three are members of a fledgling movement that promotes abstinence-only education for pets. While the vast majority of dogs Gunner's age have had their testicles removed in a process referred to as 'neutering,' 'castration,' 'fixing,' or 'altering,' this pup's sizable sacs remain intact, a testament to the Frazier's staunch opposition to neutering.

Dog_abstinencePromoting pet promiscuity?
"We felt like having him fixed was another way of saying 'you're good to go, Gunner. Go out and have all the fun you want,'" says Shelley Frazier. And that didn't sit well with their traditional values. Continues Mrs. Frazier: "At some point Gunner will find a mate and then he can start thinking about having puppies, but until then we're emphasizing abstinence as the best course for him."

But when they went looking for a pet-training curriculum that reflected their values, the Frazier's were shocked to discover that local dog trainers simply accepted that young dogs of all breeds and ages would freely engage in sexual activity—and promoted neutering as the best way to lower skyrocketing pregnancy rates among female dogs.

A traditional alternative 
So the Frazier's sought out an alternative, and after weeks of contacting other traditionalist pet owners they met their match: People for the Traditional Treatment of Animals (PTTA), founded in 2000 by long-time pet abstinence advocate Patty Dennon. At their very first meeting in nearby Oklahoma City, the Frazier's rubbed elbows with dozens of traditionalist owners of Afghan Hounds, Pointers, Pugs—even a Siamese cat—all committed to raising their animals 'right,' in a culture so morally bankrupt that even pets are adversely affected.

Ptta_ad_1He heated up the screen in the critically acclaimed—and sexually charged—film Y Tu Mamá También, and he’s doing it again in the newly released Dirty Dancing 2: Havana Nights. Mexican heartthrob Diego Luna is now touting the importance of abstinence—for dogs and cats—in a new PTTA ad targeting the problem of dog and cat overpopulation.

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"After a few hours of education about our program, 75% of the people in the audience become convinced that animal abstinence is the way to go," says Dennon. "Our goal is actually to create a culture shift in the way that pets are treated in America. We want to see the concept of abstinence be the norm rather than the exception."

Handling misconceptions
Dennon's traditionalist approach to raising and caring for pets may strike some as unfamiliar. Instead of encouraging pet owners to get their dogs and cats spayed and neutered, Dennon focuses on values, or better yet, the lack of values in today's animal world. The poster child for that degraded culture: Smarty Jones, last year's Kentucky Derby winner and a notorious stud. Mr. Jones, who was booed and hissed at one recent PTTA meeting, has reportedly had 111 different sex partners this year.

Republicanmate_3When Dennon does speak of spaying and neutering, it is to warn the pets and their families that the sterilization processes won't necessarily prevent pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases. "What I tell them is that if your pet is spayed or neutered and chooses to have sex, they're not getting the protection they think they are," says Dennon. As for her own 7-year old tabby, Rachel, and her 3-year old Portuguese Water Dog, Bruno, Dennon puts her money where her mouth is. "If either of them came to me and was going to have sex, I wouldn't tell them they needed to get spayed or neutered first. I don't think it will protect them."

Pet heaven
As for the Frazier's, they came out of the PTTA meeting more convinced than ever that abstinence is the best course for Gunner—at least until he enters into a committed relationship. "This is the best situation for him because he shares our values," says Shelley Frazier.

And when they're not trying to keep Gunner away from the Foxhound floozy down the street, the Frazier's have a new mission: figuring out a way for their puppy to accompany them when they are 'raptured,' or summoned up to heaven in the event predicted in Thessalonians and expected to take place any day.

So far though, it seems unlikely that the Frazier's abstinent pooch will be able to travel skyward with them at rapture-time. Most prophecy experts agree that when the believers are raptured, their pets will probably be left behind.

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GROUP WARNING SPAY AND NEUTERING PROMOTES PET PROMISCUITY.

This type of brain function usually is traced back to cousin sex.

These people who are equating canine sexual desires with their own perversions and then bringing biblical aspect into their arguement....
DO THEY REALLY THINK ANYONE WITH A BRAIN WOULD BE STUPID ENOUGH TO ACTUALLY BELIEVE THIS GARBAGE?

It also goes to prove that the HSUS certainly has NOT been too successful in getting their message out either.

Anyone actually falling for this is welcome to email me. heccares@yahoo.com

Posted by: Randy N. Warner | Oct 7, 2005 11:20:34 PM

These people who are equating canine sexual desires with their own perversions and then bringing biblical aspect into their arguement....
DO THEY REALLY THINK ANYONE WITH A BRAIN WOULD BE STUPID ENOUGH TO ACTUALLY BELIEVE THIS GARBAGE?

It also goes to prove that the HSUS certainly has NOT been too successful in getting their message out either.

Anyone actually falling for this is welcome to email me. heccares@yahoo.com

Posted by: Randy Warner | Oct 7, 2005 11:17:50 PM

Castrating pets is a non-solution which, typical of social remedies originating from the reality-based community, focuses on illusory materialistic ‘results’ while utterly ignoring the vastly more important spiritual component of the problem. As with people, worldly medical intervention alone is no substitute for a behavioral solution that begins at the soul. Indeed, just as the development of contraceptives and treatments for venereal disease (and especially AIDS) in humans cheats God of the punishments He designed for a promiscuous lifestyle, neutering a wayward pet sends ‘Mex Messages’ encouraging a hedonistic lifestyle void of the natural consequences of such sinful indulgences.

This becomes of particular concern in the waning few weeks (days?) we have left before the return of Christ, as the debate begins to build about the likelihood of Pet Rapture (see the link in the article). How is one to know if a cherished pet is right with God? The issue is much the same as with the owners. Outward appearances are not definitive; no pet earns his way into heaven with good works, yet at the same time we know that faith without works is dead. Then there is the frankly disturbing, yet critical question of whether a dog licking himself makes Baby Jesus cry.

Speaking as someone who’s grown tired of living with five cats, I myself look forward to the day when some (perhaps all) of them may be whisked away to Kitty Heaven in robes of gleaming rainment. It might be worth being Left Behind if it means I don’t have to clean cat boxes anymore.

Posted by: Dave Mansfield | Jun 7, 2005 12:12:03 PM

"I could just imagine all the calls coming in from parents now about how I let their children look at a website with the word "Gay" in today's post :P"
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yeah, i just finished commenting on that thread, and you've got a point. that post would get the posse up and looking for a bucket of tar, an old feather pillow and a ten foot length of 4x4 rail. good teachers are too scarce these days, don't get yourself sacked. personally i'm a "live and let live" conservative, "leave me alone and i'll return the courtesy", it makes for a more stress free life and as a hired gun, (armoured truck guard) i don't need more stress, the would be "do it yourself socialists" keep me busy enough.

Posted by: "gunner" | Jun 4, 2005 2:37:13 PM

Gunner:

I was actually thinking the same think about using a website such as this to show students that the web is a very different place than printed medium (not that all print is truth either). Of course, I teach elementary students, so a site such as this would be A) Over their heads, and B) A little inappropriate with the content. I could just imagine all the calls coming in from parents now about how I let their children look at a website with the word "Gay" in today's post :P

Posted by: Ben | Jun 3, 2005 10:23:17 AM

ben,
just a thought , you might find sites like this one and "the onion" useful for teaching your students critical reading and thinking. it is rather obviously over the top even though plausible sounding at first glance. one of the most valuable lessons i learned early on was that not everything appearing in print was true, that there is "no pravda in isvestia, and no isvestia in pravda" is too often as true here and now as it was in the soviet union.

Posted by: "gunner" | Jun 3, 2005 3:24:43 AM

ben, that was "laddy" as in scots slang for "young fellow" and with no intent to imply you are anything other than a gentleman.

Posted by: "gunner" | Jun 3, 2005 3:05:16 AM

Gunner, I'm not a lady, and after an extensive search I didn't find anything on the site that re-assures the read that this is a satirical site. I had the feeling that it was, but I was vexed to find nothing affirming it other than simiarly ludicrous posts.

I'd be careful and not making it obvious that this site is a joke. I teach for a living, and I know several kids that would take this site for truth (I did) :P

Posted by: Ben | Jun 2, 2005 4:43:26 PM

please note: i am not the "gunner" referenced in the above story, even though some people have at times called me a "son on a bitch".

Posted by: "gunner" | Jun 2, 2005 2:22:45 PM

ben,
lighten up laddy, it's a satire.

Posted by: "gunner" | Jun 2, 2005 2:12:19 PM

This is a joke, right? It sounds like something straight from the Onion News.

No offense to anyone that believes this is a good idea, but at what point is taking conservative values too far? I appreciate passing them on to our children, but pets? I don't see much justification in forcing an animal to act as a human.

Posted by: Ben | Jun 2, 2005 11:49:54 AM

Wonderful news, Deanna.

Posted by: Virge | Jun 1, 2005 10:24:18 PM

Dear Deanna Swift Report --

We at Temple Shalom want to thank you for your expose and your fair treatment of traditional values for pets.

But we find it odd that you've omitted any reference to the centuries-old practice of circumcising domesticated animals. It's quick, painless, and ensures that your pets (or farm friends) will accompany you into the life hereafter.

I am among the few licensed 'AniMoils' in the United States. More information is available at www.thefarmjew.com.

Yours,
Rabbi E.K. Hall

P.S. I've also performed bar mitzvahs for goldfish and other acquarium dwellers. A beautiful service -- and a mitzvah too!

Posted by: Rabbi E. K. Hall | Jun 1, 2005 7:55:17 AM

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