If you read this blog with any regularity, you know that I am the proud mama to two overindulged hounds. I have so far rescued five dogs with at least a little beagle in them, though I think only a couple of them have been all beagle. I know they're loud and can be annoying. But they're also sweet and make good company.
These are my current hounds, Zane and Arran...
Today, I became aware of a "hate group" on Facebook called I Hate Beagles. Personally, I think it's a pretty stupid group. But, just as I felt the people who hate the troops deserve to have their say, I think the beagle hating folks deserve a group if they want to have one. Just as I was against joining the "Shut Down the Fuck the Troops Page" cause, I think people who want to express their hatred of hounds have the right to do so. It's all about free speech, people. This is still America.
Personally, I think anyone who hates beagles has no soul. But I could be wrong about that. There must a be a reason why these people feel the way they do... and frankly, they have the right to their opinions, even if I think they are morons for feeling that way. Of course, I would probably happily join a "I Hate Mushrooms" group because I do hate them with a passion. Other people who love mushrooms would never understand my hatred of most things fungus. But hey, if I hate mushrooms, don't I have the right to say so? And can't other people join in if they want?
A few years ago, I actually wrote an article about how I hate mushrooms. Actually, in my case, it's a full-blown phobia. I posted it on what was then Associated Content and it got a lot of hits and made me some money. I also got a lot of emails and comments from other people who share my "little problem". I suppose there are people out there who hate beagles because they have a phobia... or because they think beagles are too loud, or stink, or are otherwise a pain in their asses. It's not my place to judge them for that, I guess... As long as they stay away from me and my dogs, I can live and let live.
Yeah, hatred can be ugly and uncomfortable. A lot of people don't like to talk about hatred. But it does exist and there's often a reason for it. I think it's better to talk about it than suppress it. You may never get past your hatred of something... but, hey, if you express how you feel, someone or something might help you change your mind. If you never acknowledge or express how you feel, how do you process it or even have a prayer of moving past it? As Dr. Phil says, "You can't change what you don't acknowledge." Right?
One of my Facebook friends actually ripped off a photo of one of the group members, who happens to be hugely pregnant right now and has an open Facebook page that shows her in a sports bra. Her husband has his arms around her and they look like they are in love, even though she has expressed such vitriol for my favorite dogs. My friend referred to her as a "Fat Cow" who hates beagles. My immediate thought was that it's a shame the woman was reproducing. But then reason took over and I realized the woman has a right to her opinion. And I have a right to mine.
I won't bother reporting this group for its "hate speech". However, I think others have reported them. And I think the ones who made the report should probably find something more productive to do with their time.