To gripe or not to gripe

An e-mail friend who knows I hate dogs nonetheless included dogs in a report of sad personal events that have happened recently. He mentioned the deaths and funerals of several family members and old friends, and “to top it off, a friend put their old sick dog to sleep.” I replied with condolences regarding the deceased people, but added that his friend's dogs were too insignificant to have

mentioned. Did I do the right thing? Would you all have kept quiet?


16 thoughts on “To gripe or not to gripe

  1. I think I would have replied that if the dog was old and sick it’s probably better off dead.

  2. I’d have said “so what?” about the dead dogs. Another annoying thing is when dogs are mentioned in an obituary. And lately, when the media reports on house fires, they say stuff like, “three dogs died in the fire”, or “a dog survived.” So WHAT? I bet if the pet had been a parakeet, hamster, or even a cat, the media wouldn’t mention these animals. Just dogs are deemed worthy of mention.

  3. Why wait for the dog to get old and sick? It’s the young, healthy ones that bother me most. What? Did I hear somebody mention Xylitol?

  4. why are advertisers advertising puppies for sale on this site? is this not the only muttfree sanctuary left? google ‘sick of dogs’ & the only thing that comes up is ‘sick dogs’ – contrary opinions about dogs don’t even exist on google – i found this site only by googling quote i hate dogs unquote.

  5. I love this site. I HATE my dog. Wish I never got him. They are all the same. Smelly and tool damn needy. Too bad my husband doesn’t feel that way. Ugh!

  6. Do any e-mails,or obituaries mention whether the dear departed was munched on by his/her shithound or other pets? This probably happens more often than we think. Predators will scavenge, given the opportunity. A meal,is a meal.

  7. Dogs can be like family to some people. It’s good they were put to sleep though, so they didn’t have to suffer…

  8. Some shitheads waste excessive amounts of cash trying to prolong the life of useless, filthy, fat, diseased, lazy, viscious, non-productive animals; that, throughout their lives, were a nuisance to neighbors, a threat to public safety, polluters of the environment, foulers of lawns, beaches shoes, tires, parks, enemies of flower and vegetable gardens. They sure made people around them suffer.

  9. I like ice cream a lot, and my garden, but I don’t think it’s family. Just because something is enjoyed doesn’t make it anything like family member. I don’t undertstand why so many pet owners, especially dog owners, insist on using the word “family” all the time when talking about their animals. Dogs have gone from “best friend” to “family member”. Dogs are neither. Dogs are domesticated pack animals that will try anything to get food from us.

  10. The neediest of all pets. No other animal comes close in terms of neediness and dorkiness. The other day I was trying to think of the 2nd sappiest animal on the planet, after dogs. Nothing came to mind.

  11. Most of these things don’t have to try to do anything to be fed. The food is put in their bowl; no matter how inactive, fat, lazy, useless they are.

  12. Maybe, dogs have been promoted from “best friend” to “family member” because of the high rate of divorce, high illigitimacy rates(a 2 parent family never formed), smaller families(fewer siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles), getting married later in life, delay in having children, having fewer children, having no children, breakdown in relations between family menbers. Many Americans, unlike other cultures, don’t tend to have close, extended families. In these cultures, families often have family businesses, which provide employment for family members. Substituting an animal for a human relative or friend does not provide you with economic assistance when unemployed, or short of cash; help in getting a job, advice, business or political connections; a place to live if you become homeless(your mutt, unlike a human, won’t let you have a room in its’ house, or sleep on its’ couch, if the landlord raises the rent, or you loose your job). Instead, it’s a drain on your financial resources.

  13. Since it’s the holiday season, it might be interesting to have some anecdotes about how dogs can ruin holidays. There can be stories of dogs attacking the holiday feast, before the family nand guest can enjoy it; holidays spent in the E.R., or hospital, because of bites, or other injuries caused by dogs; people putting on a new pair of shoes to visit family or friends, only to step in some mutts’ filth; a dog ruining the holiday festivities by urinating on, defecating on, puking on, or diarrheaing on the holiday meal; urinating on, defecating on, puking on, diarrheaing on the guests’ coats; dogs attacking holiday visitors; some jerk giving the unwelcome, unwanted gift of a lousy shitting, pissing, whining puppy, that will be nothing but trouble for years to come.

  14. “Dog deaths don’t matter” was a topic covered in an episode of “Family Guy”. Brian, the talking dog with opposable thmbs,and a serious drinking problem, was driving home drunk one night, from the Quohog bar, “The Drunken Clam”. He hit and killed a dog. Upset about it, he concealed the body. Evil little Stewie found out. When he confessed to killing the dog while drunk, everyone, including the cop in a wheel chair, laughed about. He was told that it was only a dog, and no crime. In “real life”, the drunken hit and run of a mutt would outrage many mutt lovers more than the death, or maiming, of a human being. If Paris, Khloe, Lindsay, Brittany, or any other members of the Hollywood DUI sisterhood ever kill a mutt while soused behind the wheel; it will probably spell the end of their “careers”.

  15. all i read about the unconditional love of a mutt can be summed up simply by stating that the fragile ego of dog owners crave reassurance from any source it can find even if that source is only there to get food

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