I had someone make a statement today which really made me angry...I thought it was disrespectful and just plain nasty--the comment was:
"Well you work with dogs, how much intelligence does that take?"
As if working with dogs makes one immediately a stupid person?
I could have gone into the fact that I spent YEARS doing Ruminant Nutrition Research at the University of Missouri-Columbia....working with everything from DNA to huge equations used to calculate degradability of proteins to help determine the amino acid requirements of ruminants, thus feeding for amino acid needs, to reduce pollution on the environment by decreasing excess Nitrogen excreted...to running Mass Specs, dealing with hundreds of chemicals, solutions etc etc etc. To helping do surgeries on fistulated cattle...to being published...to whatever else. I went to college, I graduated with honors etc...my husband has a PhD and asks ME questions about cattle at times.....AMAZING!!! Little ol' "works with dogs" me!!!! WOW!!!!
The hubs doesn't walk around acting like he knows everything--totally why I married the boy!!!! :) Don't find that often enough....
In response to this statement, I just smiled...I am sure this person wouldn't understand half of that sentence anyway.
Does one's job automatically make them stupid? I have met some really stupid professors (not naming names for those that went to school with me!) and some amazingly intelligent factory workers!
It is interesting when things like this are said. Yes I work with dogs, I miss research all the time, I loved that job and hopefully someday want to return to that line of work...but I guess for now I will JUST WORK WITH DOGS...gosh, what a horrible thing to have to do!!!