Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Family makes suicide pact....with dog.

Grieving couple commits suicide after dog dies

HYDERABAD, India (Reuters) - Unable to come to terms with the death of their pet dog, an elderly couple in southern India committed suicide by hanging themselves, police said on Monday*

Damn. Look people, I love my dog Thor too. The sunuvabitch has got to be cutest thing this side of, well, me. And yes, I'm a total pet parent. I have purchased at least three articles of doggie clothing for him. And a bumblbee Halloween costume. The day he passes, I'm sure that will be a very sad day. I'm sure everyone in my household will shed a tear.

But suicide? Ummmmmm, not so much. I may get a little choked up for a couple of days, but you know what? I'll probably be down at the local pet shop looking for a new Shih-Tzu. That's what. Or getting to know any of the other pups we would have studded (?) him out for in previous years.
*The photo is of my Shih Tzu, not the suicide inducing one in the news article.


TK said...

Yeah, I hear you. I love my dogs to bits, but... when they get old and frail? I'll send 'em to the horsey doctor, cry for a few days, then get a new dog.

But don't... DO NOT... get your dog from a pet store.

Manny said...

Why not? We got all the papers, he's AKC and all that junk.....what else should I know?

TK said...

Oh, boy. You got lucky then. For the most part, pet stores get their dogs from puppy mills, which are brutal in the way they breed dogs. Females have too many litters, and they breed them past when they should, so a lot of the moms die young. They usually inbreed waaaay too much, so a lot of pet store dogs get sick very easily, and are born with some genetic and/or other physical issues (bad hips, kennel cough, pneumonia, etc.) They will also frequently try to pass mixed-breed dogs as purebreds.

That's the short version. My wife's a vet, and she and her co-workers will swear up and down that you should avoid pet stores. Next time, try to go through an authentic breeder, or just go to the pound.

Sorry, don't mean to rant, but I know more than I probably want to about the issue.

Manny said...

Oh wow. Well I guess we were lucky then. Thor hasn't had any health issues or any apparent physical defects. Thanks for the heads up though. We will probably be going to a breeder or breeding him with another shih tzu soon.

slouchmonkey said...

Damn, thanks for the advice TK.

TK said...

Gentlemen, I live but to serve. If you want, I can also provide helpful tips on how to drink yourself into oblivion, how to seriously injure yourself using only a bagel, or how to actually con a smart, attractive veterinarian into marrying you.

We're a full service operation.

Hey, Slouchmonkey - are you planning on ever posting anything at your place? It's starting to get dusty over there.