One Daft U.K. Writer’s Take on Miley Cyrus’ Mourning: “I Don’t Care When People’s Pets Die”

Miley Cyrus has been dealing with the death of her dog, an Alaskan Klee Kai named Floyd, in a very public way. She has taken to Twitter to pour out her rage and sadness. She brought a 60-foot replica of the dog on stage during a show at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and sang to it. And her mother bought her a new dog, named Moonie, and Miley is being very honest about whether she is ready for a new pup (she doesn’t seem to be).

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The Telegraph's Radhika Sanghani, however, isn't having any of it. This mourning business bugs her. She mocks Miley Cyrus. In her article yesterday, she compares Miley's grief-filled tweets to "the ramblings of an over-emotional pre-teen" and makes fun of her grammar. But the main thing she thinks is that people shouldn't be sad when pets die.

Really, this is what Radhika Sanghani thinks. 

"I just can’t bring myself to be sad when people's pets die," she writes.

After all, she reasons, pets die, they can't speak to you, and you can't trust them. Really, this is what she reasons. Look:

"I am not an inherently evil person –- I just do not understand how adults can care so much about a small little animal that will inevitably die, was never able to speak to you anyway and let's face it, you can never fully trust. These beings are bought for people's own enjoyment and like all living things, their lives come to an end."

But that's not all. (No surprise, given the rocket science above). Sanghani also "squirms uncomfortably" whenever her friends mourn the death of their pets on Facebook. She does! And then she blocks them if they write about it more than she would like. Look:

"Every time one of my Facebook friends posts about how devastated they are that their beloved [insert animal here] has died, I squirm uncomfortably. When they keep on going, and give endless updates about the funeral, I press that little cross by their name and hide them from my newsfeed."

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So so it goes, on and on, a column's worth of bizarre statements about people who dare mourn the passing of their pets in a way that does not suit Radhika Sanghani of the Telegraph -- that is, in a way that brings the death to the attention of Radhika Sanghani of the Telegraph. The title of her article seems to be a joke: "How can fully grown adults care so much about their pets dying?"

It was not published on April 1. I just checked. 

Among her insights and proclamations: 

On people telling her their pets have died: 

"I know I should be more sympathetic, and I do try and come out with an ‘oh I’m sorry’ when I hear the news, but I just can’t bring myself to fully mean it."

On her own pet who died:

"When Bunsy died a couple of years later, I did cry, but I was also 10 years old; that’s what kids do. What would have been strange for me would have been if my mum started crying too -- she didn't and was secretly glad we could stop spending money on its upkeep."

On the death of her uncle's pet: 

"Years later, when my uncle’s grey African parrot Cookie died at the age of 50, I only felt a twinge of sadness that a piece of history was gone. ... I felt no emotional attachment, and I don’t think I’m alone in this."

On her fellow compatriots (she knows they're out there!) who don't think pets should be grieved: 

"I do think there are people out there who feel the same way as I do, and don’t understand this grief that some people have about losing animals."

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Miley's other dogs, Mary Jane, Happy, and Bean.

She ends with a call to arm to fellow not-carers, to rise up and let their unkind voices be heard, to smash down the tyranny of people telling others their pets have died and posting such things on Facebook. It's a doozy: 

"I implore all you like-minded people to come out of the woodwork and join me in saying you don't really care when someone's pet dies. After all, we're not the ones singing to giant inflatable dogs -- we're the rational ones."

The rational ones! She would do better calling for psychopaths. They're the ones who are unable to feel empathy. 

So, what do you think?  

All photos via Miley's Facebook page and Twitter

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“No Obamacare for dogs”: 5 things you should know about the vet ER

Another week, another veterinary ER under fire. This time, it’s the Southwest Michigan Animal Emergency Hospital, now receiving angry calls and even death threats after declining to perform emergency exploratory surgery on a young German Shepherd who developed complications after a spay at a different clinic earlier in the day. The issue was the owner’s inability to provide upfront payment. It almost always is.

There is no doubt that this is a terrible and sad outcome for the owners of the dog, and I am utterly sincere in saying my heart goes out to them. As a result of going to social media, both the heartbroken owners and what is, by all accounts, a good emergency clinic are receiving heated scrutiny they probably don’t deserve. Here’s 5 things I wish everyone knew about this sort of situation:

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1. This may be once in a lifetime for you, but it’s once in a shift for the ER.

Veterinary care, and emergency care in particular, is expensive. It’s not price gouging; it accurately reflects the increased cost of running an overnight facility with high overhead. Due to the nature of emergency work, there are a high number of large estimates, and a good number of people who say, “I can’t afford that.” Good people, and good pets. None of that changes the fact that the costs are fixed. Because they weren’t inflated with a “just because I feel like it” tax to begin with, there isn’t wiggle room to negotiate it down. If you do, you go out of business.


2. “I can’t” doesn’t mean “I don’t care.”

When the doctor in this story said “I’ll be fired if I don’t charge appropriately,” I’m sure she (or he) meant it. When I worked an ER shift as an employee, lowering cost equaled theft of services. If an audit found treatment in the medical record not on the bill, it was either added to the bill or came out of my paycheck. There are only three variables in this: the practice owner, the vet providing the estimate (who often is not the same as the owner), and the client. Someone pays that bill. There is no “make up for it through inflating insurance charges to the insured” option we see in human hospitals.

Saying no is really, really hard. People ask me to do things all the time that I cannot do. Just because I have to say no, doesn’t mean I don’t go home and cry about it sometimes. Don’t confuse lack of ability to give you something you want with lack of wishing I could. Vets talk about this struggle every day, and every day work on ways to ensure pets get the care they need without going under. That being said, there’s only so many times one can apologize for wanting to get a paycheck for doing work. Like most vets I know, I give away plenty of services and time, but no one gets to determine the how and why of that except me.

3. We don’t know why the dog died.

It could be a surgical error, yes. Spays are major abdominal surgeries. It could also be many other things having nothing to do with the surgeon. A genetic clotting disorder, for example, is something no one can predict and can absolutely cause death in a textbook perfect surgical procedure. Let’s say hypothetically that this were the case, that testing was done and it was something no one could have predicted or prevented. Then who would be responsible for the bill? Still the original vet? Do we need to know who is at fault before attempting treatment?

4. If you want to blame someone for vets not offering payment plans, blame the other people in the waiting area.

Most vets have toyed with offering payment plans at one time or another. Of course that would be preferable to turning someone away, if they worked. The pet gets treatment and the vet gets paid. If people followed through, payment plans would exist, plain and simple. Truth is, 80% of the fees are never recovered. It’s an unsecured loan to a stranger who, history has shown time and time again, is very unlikely to repay you. The more someone swears up and down that they are good for it, the less likely that is to be true.

CareCredit, the financing option many vets offer now, is admittedly a shaky proposition, though it’s often the best we got. It’s hard to qualify for and the interest rates are often over the top (26% after the introductory period in many cases.) I’m glad to see other options being tossed around- MedVetPay being one I’ve just recently heard about- but it’s not the vet’s obligation to provide financing. Still, we try. We want this to work for you, too.

5. Every pet owner needs an emergency plan.

“I didn’t know I needed $ 2,000 ready to go,” said the owner. Many people don’t. Know your clinic’s emergency policies. If you are living in a relatively urban area with an emergency facility, it is fair to assume your day vet may refer there after hours, and if you run into an emergency such as coyotes, cars, or sudden collapse, initial treatment and stabilization can easily cost four figures. Assume this. Assume the ER vet has to charge you upfront because people before you didn’t pay up later. So what is your plan if this happens?

  • Have a credit card with this much available balance on it
  • Have an untouched savings account with this socked away
  • Have ‘that one vet your sister mentioned who will totally do midnight emergency services for $ 0 down’ on speed dial.
  • Have friends and family willing to front you the money on sudden notice
  • Have pet insurance (though you still have to provide the money initially, you get reimbursed a percentage later, reducing the long term cost)
  • Know your financial limits and be willing to understand that economic euthanasia is an option
  • Go on a social media crusade after the pet dies, knowing you’re going to get hit just as hard as the target of your anger, harder than either of you deserve; solving nothing.

Your choice.

Edit: Obviously this is a touchy topic for many people, and I appreciate all the people who have chimed in. Comments are back on for now as long as it stays civil. From this point forward I will delete anything with profanity or name calling. Thanks!


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Dr. Kaz Zymantas Brings Laser Gum Surgery to Naperville, IL for Gum Disease Treatment and Decreased Risk of Bone Loss

Naperville, IL (PRWEB) April 05, 2014

Dr. Zymantas treats patients suffering with gum disease symptoms with laser gum surgery in the Naperville, IL area. Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure, or LANAP, utilizes an FDA cleared laser, the Periolase MVP-7, to remove gum disease and bacteria while simultaneously stimulating bone growth. The bone regeneration stimulated by LANAP also lowers the odds of losing teeth. When teeth are lost, one of the inevitable consequences is bone loss in the jaw which can lead to a myriad of other problems. Preventing tooth and bone loss with the use of LANAP is a very important factor in overall oral health.

LANAP has many unique benefits and is used to specifically target and remove both diseased tissue and the accompanying bacterial cause. The Periolase MVP-7 laser utilizes a specific wavelength of light that is absorbed only in the darkly pigmented diseased tissue, while not impacting healthy gum tissue and teeth. One of the benefits of LANAP is the fact that most patients can resume normal, everyday activities immediately after the procedure. This makes the procedure ideal for many patients because it allows them to get back to their lives faster than traditional gum surgery, plus it requires no cutting or stitching which is also a benefit of LANAP.

Although traditional gum surgery can also help prevent tooth and bone loss, LANAP offers a less painful and more effective option because the Periolase MVP-7 promotes bone regeneration. The laser also only affects diseased tissue which allows for healthy tissue to stay in place and support the teeth. Bone loss is a serious consequence of gum disease because without a healthy, well-anchored tooth, the jaw bone will eventually be reabsorbed, making most tooth replacement options difficult, if not impossible. Bone loss also has some dramatic cosmetic consequences including the loss of facial and mouth structure.

Patients who are suffering with gum disease symptoms and would like to learn about laser gum surgery in the Naperville, IL area should call Dr. Zymantas at 630-303-9403 or visit his website at

About the Doctor

Dr. Kaz Zymantas is a general dentist offering personalized dental care for patients in Naperville, IL for over 30 years. Dr. Zymantas received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Illinois and has earned a fellowship in the American Academy of General Dentistry, an honor belonging to only three percent of dentists in the world. Dr. Zymantas is part of one percent of dental professionals providing the LANAP FDA cleared laser procedure for gum disease and periodontal treatment. To learn more about Dr. Zymantas and his dental services visit his website at and call 630-303-9403.

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New Pet Sitters Looking for a Membership Discount?

Over the past month or so PetsitUSA has undergone some reworking.  You may not notice the differences, but the coding will make the site more secure and increase search engine rankings.  If you are looking to join, then you can get a discount by submitting blog posts about pet sitting.  These posts will also help increase the city rankings.

There have been some great contributions over the past few months.  This offer was made in the fall, and it resulted in some excellent posts.  It would be great to have some new voices!

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Adorable Bulldog is eager to learn. Okay class, if you turn your texts to page 169 you’ll see the classic example of ‘sit’

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Who’s to Blame for Interrupted Mail Delivery? A Chihuahua

If you need more reasons to keep your dog on the leash or safely in your house, here’s one: The U.S. Postal Service might stop delivering your mail. Or, as in the case of a neighborhood in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, it might stop delivering mail to your entire block.

The mail carrier assigned to the block has reported feeling threatened by a Chihuahua mix wandering around without a leash several times. After the fifth time, the USPS decided that enough was enough and issued notices to about 12 residences that mail services were being suspended until owner Guillermo Tellez controlled the dog.

“The dog has interfered, on a number of occasions, with the delivery of the mail in that particular neighborhood,” USPS spokesman Richard Watkins told TV station KCRG. “Once we know that the dog owner has taken responsibility and is making sure that dog is not running free in the neighborhood, the mail delivery will continue.”

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This dog is not making friends in the neighborhood. The USPS has stopped delivery after five encounters by its carriers.

As you can imagine, Tellez's neighbors aren't happy about having to visit the post office to pick up their mail. Elmer Kasey was very direct and descriptive on his feelings about the whole thing:

"It's a bunch of poop," he told a television reporter. "I think if it's got stamps on it and it says to deliver it, they should deliver it."

A lot of the neighbors share Kasey's frustration, but they also understand, having had their own problems with Tellez's pet.

"We got chased a couple of times just bringing groceries into our house in our own driveway," says Alyssa Taylor, who lives next door. "And then, we called animal control at that point and they did come and seize the dog because it did not have its vaccines up to date. Two weeks later my five-year-old was bit in the leg in the back of our own yard."

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Tellez, however, says that his pet is a "nice dog" who gets along with children, and only occasionally gets out. Nice or not, the dog needs to stay on a leash or behind a fence, and until then, the street's mailboxes are staying empty.


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