Seeing Eye Pony

April 13 | 1 Comment

My Little PonyI imagine many of you out there are worried about your jobs. I am too, and with good reason.

During this economic meltdown no job is safe. There’s just too many of us vying for too few jobs.  How many of you have lined up behind hundreds of other dogs just to get a shot at being a plate pre-washer, a bed-warmer or a taste tester? I’d bet kibble to donuts most of you have. Admittedly, these are low skill positions that are easily outsourced to pugs the world over.

However, even if you have well honed skills, you may be staring economic ruin straight in the butt hole, too. I’m talking about the highly specialized abilities attributed to the upper echelon of doghood. That’s right, the skills wielded by the seeing eye dog class.

Just check out what’s happening in Michigan if you don’t believe me.

Mona Ramouni, 28, lost her sight shortly after birth, and has had to rely on her family members to guide her around the Detroit suburb where they live.

She has long yearned for more independence, but a traditional guide dog was never an option. Many Muslims consider dogs unclean, and Miss Ramouni, an observant Sunni, respects her Jordanian-born parents’ aversion to having a dog in the family home, where she lives along with three of her six siblings.

Now Mexicali Rose, a 3-year-old former show horse that stands about 2 1/2 feet tall and weighs about 125 pounds, has arrived to help Miss Ramouni.

Before the horse, nicknamed Cali, arrived, “I had basically given up. I mean, I had been to the point where I thought, ‘I’m going to get nothing out of my life,”‘ Miss Ramouni told the Associated Press. “And having Cali … showed me that I had forgotten about all the optimism I had as a kid. When I was a kid, I thought I could do anything. I thought everything was possible.”

While many Muslims believe dogs can violate ritual purity, horses are seen as “regal animals,” Dawud Walid, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relation’s Michigan chapter, told the news agency.

Still, “there would be concerns about bringing a horse into certain establishments and areas of worship as well,” he said.

The horses can live into their 30s, more than twice as long as most dogs, she said.

The horse, who has been trained to get in and out of vehicles, guide through crowds and stand still indoors, is expected to take up residence in a newly erected shed on the family’s lawn within the next two months.

This belief system is a bit biased against dogs wouldn’t you say? C’mon, dogs a bit unclean?  How can they believe that when I lick my balls at least five times a day?

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One Response to “Seeing Eye Pony”

  1. txtrout on July 29th, 2009 9:13 am

    dog or pony, I’m glad this young girl has the freedom to pursue more out of life and hope she will use her good fortune to help others

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