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).
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."
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."
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?
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