Sep 23, 2004, 7:32 PM
Post #28 of 32
Ok folks. I managed to contact the Communications Manager (Jenny Chew) for the organisers of the Terry Fox run. All they have to say is that what they said over Light and Easy that we can all bring pets for the run was a JOKE!!! They justified it by saying that since there was some laughter after that statement, it is meant to be joke. But I personally find this joke to be in really bad taste. I would like to point out that if you listen to the entire sentence in totality (including the words prior to that which are as follows, I quote "We would like to encourage everyone to attend this run. You can walk, run, jog, rollerblade and you can bring your pets along for the run as well... ha ha ha" . So strictly speaking the entire sentence and the entire run is a joke!! Can you believe the audacity of this people?? I also told her that yes we know that dogs are not allowed on public parks but what I really thought was that there may be a possibility that they have obtained special permission from the authority to allow dog owners to join in. I also told her that I was really disappointed in the stunt because they not only have raised the hopes of dog owners in the first place but they just showed how insensitive they were towards dog owners' feeling by quashing their hopes of interacting with their dogs and to add on to the insult justified it by saying it was all a BIG JOKE in the first place!.Do any of you find their stunt funny?
Re: [wernnee] Terry Fox Run 26 September 2004
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I also spoke to the manager that there was a girl Amelie I spoke to who confirmed that I could bring my dog along. According to the manager that girl Amelie may not have understood my question about whether I can bring a dog along because she is a new trainee from France and may not have understood my accent. So I told the manager that I specifically explained to Amelie my question about bringing dogs along as I do not want to offend any Muslim runner. I also told the manager that it is just bad management on her part to allow a young foreign trainee who does not understand our Malaysian English to handle public phone calls as she is just giving out wrong information to everyone . And that was precisely how I obtained my wrong information!
Anyway, the manager said that she apologised to dog owners in general for giving us the wrong information and will do a public announcement over the radio as well as post it on Light and Easy website to clarify this issue.
And she has the cheek to ask me whether I am coming for the run(actually I am not going for the run for a different reason altogether I just had to give it to her) . I initially wanted to just buy the t-shirt and donate RM30 and not attend the run. Now I will not even give a single cent to them. I told her that I much rather spend my money on a more serious organisation who does not see fit to treat us dog owners and our furkids as a joke in the first place. Afterall, if they (the organisers) found this entire matter funny, then they should just carry on laughing when they do not get any support from dog owners!
Now, in view of the above I would like to sincerely apologise to each and everyone of you and your fur kids for raising your hopes and quashing them and broadcasting about the Terry Fox run in the first place. I feel really bad as I seem to be disemminating wrong information all the time!!SIgh.. I will just keep quiet from now onwards. Life is really unfair for us dog owners . People think we and our dogs are a big joke in the first place, we are barred from taking our dogs for exercises on public parks and Muslims treat our fur kids worst than lepers.
"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated" - Mahatma Gandhi