Post # 257
The person. I’d be completely wrecked abandoning my dog, but a human life IS worth more than an animals. A human has a family, people who depend on them. That’s someones son or daughter, maybe someones wife or husband, mother or father. People contribute to society. Dogs are good buddies and all but they are not humans. And as for people saying “why are humans soooo superior?” Because we are much more complex than other animals. I don’t see DogCities, or DogAlphabets, or DogPhilosophers. Sorry. I love animals too, I understand they are complex in their own way- emotions, memories, primitive communication- but nowhere near as much as a human.
Additionally, if I were drowning, and someone chose their dog over me: that would leave my parents burying me, my fiance mourning me, and worst of all, my small son growing up without his mother. All for a critter that will maybe live 10-15 years? Oh, hell no. You better pay for my sons education and my funeral bills.
Post # 259
I like my dog more than I like a lot of humans. Even beyond that, I have a resonsibility to my dog that don’t have to human strangers. I adopted him, I rescued him, he is my charge, my bro, I am responsible for his well being before I am responsible for the well being of some random human I have no connection to.
I’ve told FH jokingly that he should never give me an “it’s me or the dog” ultimatum, because I love him, but I am not responsible for his well-being. I want him to be comfortable and safe and happy, but it is not my RESPONSIBILITY to ENSURE that he is so, because he is an adult who can care for himself. If something bad happens to this dog it is MY FAULT even if I didn’t do it myself… because I am supposed to be there to protect him and take care of him.
To save the human would be heroic.
To save my dog would be the bare minimum. I don’t feel like I have a choice in the matter at all! I signed up to keep him safe, it doesn’t matter what else is happening and to whom, I need to do the job I signed up to do when I signed those adoption papers.
Edited to add: If I were the human drowning, I would completely understand why someone would choose their dog over me. Similarly if it was someone I cared about. I’d be very upset of course, probably furious! But I would understand that they were just doing what they had to, in the end. I couldn’t hold it against them once the initial emotions passed.
Post # 260
I would pick my dogs. Prehaps that makes me a bad person, but I’m good with that and I won’t lose any sleep over it.
Post # 261
My dog for sure, no question. She’s my family and has been with me through things that some people don’t even survive and I owe a lot to her.
Post # 262
A stranger, hands down. I love our family pets, but they are not human beings. Saving an animal over a fellow person is selfish, in my opinion. Saving MY pet would spare ME a lot of hurt and anguish. But saving another person would spare someone else, a living breathing human being, and all of their loved ones a lot of hurt and anguish.
Post # 263
+1. If I was ever in that situation the human would have to trump my pet every time. And the opinion that most human’s are assholes so don’t deserve to be saved winds me up no end, how do we know this?! We have no right to play God and decide that a person drowning should die just because we happened to have met some nasty people in our lifetime.
In my opinion it is selfish because the only person / people who are relying on you dog are your family. You have no idea how many people may be relying on the human, for all we know they could be a specialist doctor that is the only one that could save a child in a life saving operation the next day… is a dog more important than 2 lives?!
Post # 264
Also, to everyone tittering about the details “I can’t swim”, “Why’s the stranger drowning, it must be her stupid fault,” “A dog can swim safely,” “I’d rescue both”, these are semantics and you are copping out of answering truthfully.
“I can’t swim” Let’s pretend you can.
“Stupid stranger, have fun dying you dumbass!” What if she was pushed in by surprise?
“I would never let my dog near water/Whats the person who cant swim doing near water?” Pretend someone really sadistic kidnapped them both and through a joint effort with sadistic person number two, both push in both your dog who was born without the ability to swim and the innocent person who cannot swim.
ETA: “Wahhhh people suck I hate humans anyway!” Aww, someone picked on you? Called you mean names? Told too many Yo Momma jokes? Cry a river, build a bridge, and get over it. You sound like a serial killer. You have NO IDEA if that person is totally innocent or a meany-face. “It is better to let 10 guilty men go free than to wrongfully imprison 1 innocent man.” William Blackstone.
Post # 265
I’m actually not surprised at the ratio of responses here. We live in a pretty callous, dog-eat-dog (no pun), me-first society where victims or crimes or accidents are constantly blamed (I guess somehow to soothe ourselves from the uncertainty of our own mortality).
Post # 266
in my line of work, i see way too many demanding strangers whom i feel like strangling on a daily basis.
My dog makes me happier than a stranger. I’d have to go with my dog.
Post # 267
I don’t have a pet so this probably skews my answer somewhat, but always the human. I value humans above pets. I don’t get the ‘it’s a stranger, not my responsibility’ line – if I was in a life/death situation I would hope to god that SOMEONE would lend a hand even though I’m not their responsibility.
+1 haha, that’s one of my favourite posts ever.
Post # 268
I don’t have a dog or like dogs BUT if the situation were slightly different and it was saving my kitty or a stranger, I’m saving my kitty!
Post # 269
“You better pay for my sons education and my funeral bills.”
It’s this kind of ‘you owe me something’ attitude that makes me loathe the human race as a whole. I didn’t put you in the water, I don’t know you, I owe you NOTHING! This kind of thinking is exactly why I would save my dog.
Post # 270
My animals are my family. I’d save my own family member over a stranger.
Post # 271
Choosing an animal ovr a human is insanity to imo. But to each their own