Posted by Christine, a resident of the Del Prado neighborhood, on Nov 21, 2008 at 9:20 am
Choctaw and Lucky are being HONORED for their years of community service. Choctaw served this community his entire life for both the Shriners and the Hoofprints of the Heart charity organizations. He was used for many charity fundraisers, parades, community awareness, theraputic riding for physically/mentally challenged kids and adults, charity events for the Shriners Hospital. He was also a figure of the mounted Shriners patrol and was the lead horse for their events. So yes Choctaw does deserve to be honored, and I will be there tomorrow to do so, hope every one else how can be there will.
Posted by Christine, a resident of the Del Prado neighborhood, on Nov 21, 2008 at 11:06 am
The owners have been honored for their community service, the horses also enjoyed what service they did, the horses liked the parades, attention and theraputic rides. They enjoyed being around the children they helped. They would have their show saddles put on for events and would become excited by it. Their owners never made them do anything or "use" them for anything they did not enjoy, they were by no means forced to do any of these activities. Obviously the horses cannot go on their own accord to do this kind of work so "used" is an acceptable term. The whole purpose of this vigil is to bring attention to this horrible crime and try to find the disgusting people who are responsible for murdering two beautiful animals who were an integral part of a family, a family which has been devastaed by this. So grammar lessons aside, the issue is to find who is responsible for killing animals in the area and make them pay for their crime.
Posted by YCG, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Nov 21, 2008 at 4:12 pm
I am completely shocked at the individuals commenting on the language used in the article; and their cold hearted inability to recognize what happened to these animals that did NOTHING to deserve such pain! The animals WILL be honored by 100's or more and your thoughts/comments mean NOTHING but to your own bitter, selfish satisfaction. You should be ashamed of your self. The animals helped people/kids/groups etc. bottom line; regardless of who directed them to. Stop using this tragedy to vent your own unhappiness (Frank). Give these animals some respect - NOW!
Posted by Another Gatetree Resident, a member of the Amador Valley High School community, on Nov 21, 2008 at 5:35 pm
Where else would I hear about things impacting my neighborhood if not for the sniping that goes on here?
I don't read the Weekly. It goes immediately in the trash. I do read the forum because there are people here (such as Stacey and others) who speak the truth in various subjects -- even those the PW won't write about, let alone publish as it doesn't benefit them politically or financially.
Posted by frank, a resident of the Pleasanton Heights neighborhood, on Nov 21, 2008 at 6:41 pm
I began this thread by stating:
"The vigil to remember the horses and their tragedy and the sadness caused the family is certainly worthwhile."
By this statement I recognized that a tragedy occurred as well as an injustice, and the family has suffered a loss. I sympathize with the family. The tragedy should be kept alive in the public's eye so the perpetrators can be found.
However, I don't honor the horses for anything.
I, like most others in this world, choose to honor people, not animals, who don't have free choice nor the intellect that goes along with it.
I honor the deceased, especially our war dead, who over the history of our country sacrificed their lives for our benefit. Even now, our sons and daughters die or suffer horrible injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan. I honor them.
I honor my parents who were responsible for my life.
I honor the founders of our country who laid the foundation for the freedoms we enjoy today.
I honor people who accomplished great achievements, by their choice to dedicate themselves to their goals.
I honor people who by their choices accomplished things that benefit all of us.
I honor people that sacrificed themselves to feed the hungry, educate the masses, and to help the poor.
I choose to not denigrate the meaning of the word "honor" by choosing to honor animals.
You folks may choose to honor animals, and animals whose owners used them for good purposes, and may certainly believe that the horses chose to give "so much to the community". That's your right. Go honor them.
Posted by Pierre, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Nov 21, 2008 at 10:19 pm
You people are pathetic! The only people with any sense are Christine and YCG. Why don't the rest of you stop crying about words in the article and make yourselves useful by trying to locate the low life scum that did this horrific crime!
Posted by Stacey, a resident of the Amberwood/Wood Meadows neighborhood, on Nov 21, 2008 at 10:29 pm
YCG confuses the issue of poor writing by PW with how people feel about the horse killing.
Another Gatetree Resident (AGR, HRG?),
You flatter me. Thanks. :) I think you can request to stop PW delivery.
Certain animals used to be afforded great respect during sacrifice or during a hunt. The bear, for example, was feared by certain Siberian tribes who performed cleansing rituals prior to a hunt and afterward the bones were hung up on a tree so that the bear may reincarnate and again provide sustenance to the tribe. Not quite the same thing as being honored...
Posted by frank, a resident of the Pleasanton Heights neighborhood, on Nov 22, 2008 at 12:01 am
I find Pierre, Christine, and YCG pathetic animal worshippers. My advice to you is to join the human race. Further, you ignore the basic stupidity of the PW article stating the vigil was to "honor" dead horses. What an insult to humanity! The Independent got it right, it is a memorial!