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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #239 - Chronicles of alienated labor: "I left free, " Marie-Chantale, independent zootherapist (fr, pt) [machine translation]

Date Mon, 09 Jun 2014 13:48:54 +0300


Chronicles of alienated labor by Aline Torterat, Occupational physician ---- Marie-Chantale, independent zootherapist[1] ---- I'm an autodidact. After CAP secretariat, I started working 18 years as a veterinary assistant, "on the job". I discovered my pleasure to take care of animals, especially dogs. After a few years, I started in dog training with a companion. I then realized how much care taken in these animals could have therapeutic virtues. First, taking young trainees facilities for children in difficulty. That the metamorphosed to see and understand the attachment to their dog person. Their behavior softened almost magically. And also because a man who had lost a child and who had come to buy a puppy. The idea came to me at that time to use animals as mediators emotional with people with Alzheimer's in nursing homes and children in the medico-educational Institutes (IME). Of PFT, it is called! I materialized my project based association, now recognized public interest, in which I was initially the only employee.

With the help of facilitators or aides, I run workshops in the afternoon, motor, memory, each lasting one hour. For example to walk the dog on a leash to walk to the motor, throw colored balloons for memory. Establishments were fifteen. I maintain all the animals home. I currently have eight dogs at home, five cats and a rabbit. There are five dogs and three cats that belong to me, the others are the property of the association. So I work all the time and am paid for my interventions. Is not enough money. It uses "benefactors" such as bridge clubs, Lions Clubs, etc.., Retirement homes also pay a little. It's heavy. And I had personal problems, all at the same time: the disappearance of the aunt who raised me, my husband who breaks a blade, my daughter does not fit the school system in a trailer camp with five dogs and three cats, pending completion of work from home without counting the animals to be fed and clean. It all alone all the time and free ...

My body dropped, I felt décâblée. I could not do anything, annihilated, inert. I had to stop and stop my workshops. I need supervision told my psychologist. Ultimately, I am completely chained myself. I just understand. Imagine mounting a professional "business" which is based on the entanglement of charity, volunteering, wage labor, family life and professional life without boundaries, to erase the labor relations of subordination. Basically, reporting relationships, working in a split between those who prescribe and those who toil to make it all possible, it can be cleared ideas and allows to set limits ... I'm asking too much.


[1] Only the name is changed, the rest is authentic.
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