Saturday, August 3, 2013
Pets Are For Life, You Idiot!
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.