Saturday, August 3, 2013

Pets Are For Life, You Idiot!

I read something that made my blood boil. It made me ashamed to be a member of the human race. It sickened me, and made me cry.

Allison Benedikt wrote a piece for Slate titled The One Thing No One Tells You Before You Have Kids: Don’t get a dog. I wish to God someone HAD told her that, before she got a dog and then casually tossed it aside after having kids.

Her dog, Velvel, was the center of her life…until she had kids. And then he became a burden, an inconvenient thing she no longer loved or wanted because she had something she considered “better.” 

I think people who decide their pets are no longer worthy of their love once kids come along are the lowest life form on earth. That she could toss aside her faithful pooch and treat him like garbage is bad enough, but to write about it so heartlessly while trying so hard to make her story “funny” is just really, really wrong.

The first offensive thing she said was: “John took the newborn hat from the hospital for Velvel to smell, to prepare him for the tiny human heading his way. That was probably the last nice thing we ever did for him.”

Unfortunately, that was just the tip of the iceberg. If I was sad for her poor dog at this point, it was nothing for how she’d make me feel as she continued her filthy foray into the depravity of her mind. She wrote: “A friend of mine once told me that before he had a kid, he would have run into a burning building to save his cats. Now that he has a kid, he would happily drown the cats in the bathtub if it would help his son take a longer nap. Here is how I feel about that statement: Velvel, avoid the bathroom.”

Then she tries to make us believe that everyone she knows who has kids wishes they had never gotten a dog. She calls that a universal truth. It may be true among her circle of friends (for if they spend time willingly with someone so despicable, their judgment is certainly a bit “off”). But it’s far from a universal truth in my own circle. What about yours?

Those who have kids and then regret having a dog (or a cat) should never be allowed to have a pet in the first place. It’s a pity there isn’t some kind of litmus test for this. If you can’t commit to loving and caring for your pet for life, don’t get one. There really is no other way.

I want to scoop up this poor dog, hold his paw and tell him that I love him and that I will always love him no matter what. It’s what he deserves but will never get. What a crying shame.


  1. God help her kids when she has to potty train and clean up vomit...

  2. People like this are maddening. How many shelter surrenders come in because someone got pregnant or had children? Even worse, it sounds like Slate paid this writer to spread this irresponsible attitude.

    The head peep has a coworker who rehomed a cat because she was pregnant and moving into the in-law's house who wouldn't let her keep her cat. It was very hard to keep a professional environment and not tell the coworker she thought of that.

  3. We can barely even read stuff like this because the Human's rage knows no bounds. She needs to take an extra blood pressure pill now. Sigh.

  4. THAT is horrible. Wonder if she's gonna throw her older kid away if she has a new baby. She's garbage.

  5. That really is a sad story. We don't like reading stuff like this either. We can only hope that maybe the dog will find a different home. People are so very strange sometimes.

  6. I agree, horrible, horrible, horrible. I hate it when the Idiot Alert goes off.

  7. Oh how awful....that poor dog and I think what Cathy Keisha said is right on - wonder of kid #1 will get tossed aside if she has kid #2. So upsetting when you find someone who doesn't value life of ANY kind especially an animal who depends on and loves you so unconditionally.


  8. This made me so sad and angry. I love my kids but I also love my cats and dogs. My heart is big enough to love all of them. And you know what my cats and dogs love my kids and my kids love them. We are all family.

    I so wish I could do something for the poor doggie, since I have nothing nice to say about "that woman" I'll go before I start ranting about what a waste of space she is.

  9. What a HORRIBLE thing for that HORRIBLE woman to write. And yes... HORRIBLE. HORRIBLE 'cause decent peeps with decent souls don't ever, EVER joke 'bout stuff like that. They just don't.

    One day... she'll be old and need her children but alas, she will have taught them to be fickle. That's probably when she'll end up in a home 'cause they'll have their own children for whom to care and love and worry 'bout.

    'Nough said.


  10. The title of your post says it all. This woman is an IDIOT!!

  11. My mum gets so upset and angry when she reads or hears about such evil people. It is very upsetting. People like that do not deserve to have pets in the first place.

  12. We totally agree with Island Cats. HISSSSSSSS!

  13. we hope de kids grow up, N never come bak ta visit; N her goes ta adopts a pup for companionship; N everee dog....& cat.... in de place, terns ther bak on her; onlee after usin her leg aza pizzin post