Tuesday, January 03, 2006

There's a column in this issue of Newsweek about how bad Jonathan Cooperman, the owner of a Doberman, felt when he had to put the dog to sleep.... because it attacked his wife (Cooperman's wife, not the dog's).

Three whole columns on how much the dog meant to him... Hundreds of words on how special the dog was... Words on how poor and sad the dog looked as the vet shot him up.

No words on how his wife is doing (he mentions she had to go to the emergency room, but nothing else). No words on how stupid he feels having a dog capable of attacking someone without provocation. No words on how relieved he was (at least, ought to have been) that the dog didn't kill his wife.

Because, to too many dog owners, it's all about the dog. Dog this, dog that. Pictures of the dog in the wallet, right next to the pictures of one's (human) children.

People, dogs are pets. That's all. They are not human. They're not, despite what the silly Lassie episodes showed, capable of much. And to get all worked up over one - especially one that COULD HAVE KILLED ONE'S SPOUSE - is evidence of some seriously messed up values.