Deliberately misreading or twisting behavior, nothing we do these days allows us to be balanced, happy, well- adjusted beings who do no harm.
I am not being an ostrich and burying my head in the sand. Which is a myth by the way, ostriches do not bury their heads in sand, they dig holes to lay eggs and stick their heads into the nest regularly to turn the eggs, which appears as if they are burying their head in the sand.
So, if everyone else gets away with only reporting one side of the story or slanting it to make it more horrific or biased, I can do it the other way round and only talk about positive things, heartwarming things.
My head is no more buried in the sand than an ostrich's head, but my thoughts are my own and if I want to think only positive thoughts (without worrying about being accused of lack of empathy/ awareness) I have the right to strengthen myself with the positive, not negative.
So, deaf dogs and cats that are rescued and taught sign language so they can understand their human companions - positive. Animals with life-threatening injuries nursed back to health and given a second lease on life despite missing limbs, ears or eye.
Elephants that carefully avoid accidently trampling other mammals. Monkeys that live with cats and dogs, playing and settling in with what should be a predator. All positive.
Cats and dogs, lost for months, even years, finding their way back to owners who have moved or simply lost them. Dogs and cats giving emotional support to terminally ill people. Animals that sound a warning of danger, fires, storms, attackers, to save humans. All positive.
There are a million positive stories out there, not limited to human/animal interaction, so on a regular basis, I won't bury my head in the sand, but I will only read about, watch or listen to positive, life- affirming stories that will lighten life, not drown it in other people's warped realities.
Georgina Noyce is an equestrian judge, and has a menagerie of adopted four- legged waifs and strays.