September 8, 2005

All those pet dogs left behind in New Orleans.

It's terrible to say, but remember what happened after the tsunami.

8 comments:

Paul said...

Nature. People have done it too.
I know were not on the wild African plains but there it is applauded as performing something necessary and preventing disease. If I still haven't been able to find a loved one, it's not at all as detached as that.

Goesh said...

Nature is nature that's for sure - it is just another source of protein for dogs. And speaking of being morbid, we know what the many wicked rats have been doing too as they scurried up through the walls of homes into the attics and there sat staring with their patient, beady, gleaming eyes silently waiting for dehydration to do its thing and provide a ready feast of human victims who were forced up and away from rising water, there to be confined in a closed-in space with no resources in the hot temperatures of a Louisana summer. Rats will have their fare putrid or raw, it matters not to them.

Menlo Bob said...

I always thought dogs had the abilty to swim by doing the dog paddle. Apparently their helplessness proves that Darwin was wrong about survival creating a stronger gene pool.

Alice H said...

The practical, logical part of me is thinking it's a good thing they were putting the dogs down in Thailand - there are already too many pets, and animals that have run wild for a while frequently can't be tamed again.

The part of me that has taken in four cats and a dog is horrified. I know this is going to have to happen in the area affected by Hurricane Katrina, and part of me wanted to take in yet another pet from the abandoned/lost Katrina pets, but we're already over the legal limit for where we live.

leeontheroad said...

Bob, dogs are domesticated animals, with even "mutts" showing the signs of hundreds to thousands of years of selective breeding. "Survival of the fittest," to any extent it would apply to swimming in swill (doh!) would apply best to wild animals.

I have two dogs: one who loves to swim and a little guy who loves to ride in a canoe but whose short legs make him a landlubber. Even the little one will swim, but his strategy in most things is to wait for me to return, as he's been trained to do. (I wouldn't bet against roaming for any food source, though, 'tis true.)

LSU and the ASPCA are gathering animals as fast as they can, meanwhile. And news reports are that the reasons some folks won't leave their homes is they fear they can't take their pets. . .

Goesh said...

- we've gone to the dogs, clearly

Menlo Bob said...

Everyone living in harms way ought to have a dog. For those concerned whether anyone will come to rescue them, rest assured, your chances are higher that a subset of the general population will have greater concern for your dog than for you, but you may have a shot at convincing them to bring you along. Plus, they represent a ready food source.

bos0x said...

Who would have guessed that after all the research and the years and years that have gone into studying natural selection, it could be totally refuted in two sentences by Menlo Bob from the internet! Goddamn scientist hacks don't know anything these days! You should get an award or something.

I mean you'd think that the dogs' natural instinct would be simply dying to go swimming in the floodwater, what with the gasoline and feces contaminating it. That would save them! After billions of years of so-called "survival of the fittest" you'd think that all animals would have super strength and invincible immune systems, at the very least. This is definitive proof that God created Adam and Eve and golden retrievers and border collies 6,000 years ago or whatever. Unless it's proof that people who have almost zero knowledge about a subject should refrain from debating it, even if they can use impressive, technical terms like "gene pool", of course. Either one. Wonderful that it is so awful and immoral to bash Bush over the hurricane, but it is perfectly okay to use the hurricane to push creationist agendas.