Sad because loosing your breakfast is a big deal for me. I’m convinced I’m chronically underfed. In fact, I’m scrawny – just fur and bones. I believe I should be significantly larger than I am. No, I don’t have any facts to back up that opinion. It’s an opinion, not a statement of factual perfection, so I don’t need facts or evidence.
OK, so, enough exaggerating. Here is the real deal:
I am the victim of 2 devocalization surgeries.
Yes, I did say two.
Devocalization is a cruel and barbaric surgical procedure to silence my bark by severing, stripping, notching, or removing tissue is from my vocal cords to permanently reduce the volume of my barking.
I will always have problems. The most obvious is I sound like I’ve been drinking whisky that’s been steeped in a jar of pennies.
Don’t believe me? Here is a video of me barking. Take a listen. The volume was turned up all the way during recording. That’s all I got.
Not so obvious, unless you live with me, is I cough and have breathing difficulties. I often regurgitate my food and water – all over everything – think projectile…
I am at constant risk for:
- Choking while barking or eating
- Developing pneumonia because I might aspirate my food and water
- Heat stroke because my throat might swell shut from irritation or scar tissue build up.
I could die sooner than I should because my first people didn’t want to hear me barking inside the cage they forced me to live in 24/7.
Please spread the news that debarking – devocalization – ventriculocordectomy is wrong, dangerous and should be illegal.
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