Monday, August 8, 2016


Well here we go again.  All of us Amish are being blamed for something one person did.  My son, John, and I, were walking down Main Street on Saturday, which I don't like to do.  There are lots of people out on Saturday and would prefer going during the week.  It's not that I don't like people, it's traffic I don't like.  Anyway, I am getting off subject, as Anna is telling me, a man came up to us and said that we beat and shot our horses.  How could we be so cruel with out animals?

I asked where he got that idea and he said on his computer.  Now, let me start by saying that Amish, as well as Old Order Mennonite believe our animals are a gift from God.  It is our duty to care for these animals, protect them, and take care of their health.  When the time comes for them to pass, whether it is do to age or they are cattle, pigs, chickens, etc. to be used for food, we are to use as painless way as possible.  I explained this to the man who told me that we were cruel and he said I would say that and walked away.

So, when we got home, I called Marilyn to see if she could find what got this man so upset on her computer.  When she found it, I had her read it me.  It seems some 20 year old Amish man in Pennsylvania was hauling water melon, himself and another fellow on his wagon.  It was too much weight for the horse and he collapsed.  The Amish man beat, kicked and I don't what else to the horse.  This is not the way of all Amish or Old Order Mennonite.  Because one does something that they should have more sense for, we don't all do it.

I don't know all the details as I wasn't there.  But he should have had at least two horses, maybe four haul the load.  He should have stopped when the horse started to show it couldn't haul that load.  If that was the only horse he had, he should have asked an Amish neighbor to haul it for him.  But being young in Amish, Old Order Mennonite and English, some young people don't think like they should sometimes. But, being raised on an Amish farm, he should have know he was doing wrong.  We are thought how to handle animals from where a little children.

Unfortunately, the horse died - even when the fire department tried to help it.  The young man, as I understand was arrested, could go to jail and be fined - as he should be.  I am not okaying what he did because he is young, just making a statement that young folks don't think sometimes.  What he did was wrong.  But all young Amish do not do what he did.  All adult Amish don't do what he did.

Some people also think that most Amish and Old Order Mennonite run dog mills.  They see two dogs on our property and immediately think we many more in our barn.  I explain that we do breed our two dogs sometimes, but we don't have a dog mill.  We then sell the puppies.  If we don't sell them, we do not shot them, but give them away.

Over at Jean's Old Order Mennonite house, they have one dog.  David and Jean do not run a dog mill, either nor do the plan on it.  At one time David thought of breeding his dog and another.  When he came to me and I explained all we had to do - shots, care, food, etc.  Most of the time, Anna and I really don't make much money when you add all the expenses up.  That's why we don't do it very often. We would only breed them once a year. In fact the last litter might be the last as we are thinking of getting our female spade. We just want keep them as farm dogs and pets, which they are all ready.  Our dogs are spoiled - Anna sees to that.

Anna says I'm going on.  What I trying to say is because one Amish or Old Order Mennonite person does something - it doesn't mean the rest of us do.

Trust God's Wisdom,


Tom said...

You will find "bad apples" in every group of people.

New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Tom,
That is true.


Vanssmomc said...

I agree with what Tom said! Why are we so willing to judge an entire group of people based on the actions of one individual? I don't get it. Have a wonderful day Marilyn! Cathy in Webster

littlemancat said...

I'm so sorry Elmer had to experience this. Humans can be so ignorant at times, thinking a particular group of people are represented by the actions of one. Seems to me we're seeing more of this all the time - judgements made with very little to support them.
I don't like going into town or shopping on week-ends either, Elmer!
Take care, take heart -

New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Cathy,
I don't know why people base other people on one person's actions. Will see Elmer gets your message. Hope you have a wonderful day, too, Marilyn

New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Mary,
Humans Can be ignorant, for sure, sometimes. Will see that Elmer gets your message.

You take care and take heart, too,

Lily said...

It's too easy to over-generalize. I agree with Tom. There will always be some "bad apples". And those are the ones that get the most publicity.

I'm glad to have gotten to know this good group of Amish/Mennonites through here.

New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Lily,
I agree with you. The "bad apples" are the ones that get the most publicity.

Thank you for the compliment. I appreciate everyone that comes here.


Anonymous said...

While I'm sure this isn't the first time an Englisher has been rude to you, I'm equally sure it won't be the last owing to the bent of human nature. If people want to believe what they hear, read or get off the internet, then it is squarely on their shoulders. Even worse when they hear the truth and won't receive it. Sound familiar? Jesus Christ spoke the truth and people wouldn't believe Him either. All we can do is pray for those who choose to believe the worst of others, and for those who are unbelievers. Blessings to you and Anna, Carol
And thank you, Marilyn, for helping Elmer out with the info he was seeking. Blessings to you, too!

kymber said...

Marilyn - please be sure to tell Elmer that anyone who reads his, and all of the others who post here, knows what good, kind, godly people they are and that we know how much they appreciate their animals.

i am very sorry that Elmer had such an encounter because something like that can stay with you for days and weeks, months even. you feel badly and it is for nothing that you did. tell Elmer to try his best to shake it off.

sending much love to all of you! your friend,

Anonymous said...

Too many angry, ignorant and unhappy people cause trouble all over the world. Sad. Carol in SC

New York State Of Mind said...

Hi Everyone,

I will see that Elmer gets all your messages. Some people judge all people by one person's wrong doing. It is sad.


dynnamae n said...

What I don't understand, is why there are people that think they should walk up to strangers and start dumping their unkindness and opinions on others. I keep hearing about mean people that feel free to act like this in public, but I will never understand it. I hope Elmer knows we aren't all that ignorant. Blessings to you all.