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(NYPost)   Sad news: Family dies trying to save dog after being swept out to sea. Good news: Dog saves itself. Sadder news: Dog has no mommy, daddy or son. OK news: Dog still has daughter   (nypost.com) divider line 28
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2012-11-26 10:24:06 AM
3 votes:
I love dogs. But they are not worth your life.
2012-11-26 11:08:40 AM
2 votes:

Gunny Highway: People who refer to their dogs as "kids" really bother me.


I used to think of my cats as "kids with fur," then I had real kids and I realized how stupid and self-deluded I was.

People who forgo having children and use pets, which don't actually love you and are incapable of having human emotion, as mortar to fill the hole in their empty lives are sad. Anyone who says otherwise is shouting into the mirror.
2012-11-26 11:04:58 AM
2 votes:
Forget dogs, most humans aren't worth dying for.
2012-11-26 11:02:47 AM
2 votes:

Carth: Keep your dog on a farking leash unless you're in a fenced in area. I don't care how well trained it is there are too many things that can kill it if you let it run around out of control.


The same with kids.

/I totally did that right.
2012-11-26 10:53:41 AM
2 votes:

hdhale: There is no dog worth dying for.

/thread
//ya rly
///don't give me the "you've never had a pet you wouldn't understand..." talk, I've had dogs and cats as pets, I repeat, there is no dog worth dying for


No dog is worth ME dying for. Other people, that depends.
2012-11-26 10:48:15 AM
2 votes:
There is no dog worth dying for.

/thread
//ya rly
///don't give me the "you've never had a pet you wouldn't understand..." talk, I've had dogs and cats as pets, I repeat, there is no dog worth dying for
2012-11-26 10:45:40 AM
2 votes:
People who refer to their dogs as "kids" really bother me.
2012-11-26 08:16:12 AM
2 votes:
If you're going to go with that stupid convention, subby, at least get it right -- dog's brother and sister, not son and daughter. But the headline is dumb regardless.
2012-11-26 02:16:41 PM
1 votes:

hdhale: There is no dog worth dying for.



that is a stupid statement.

they were not planning to die.
They over estimated their capabilities and odds.
2012-11-26 01:52:09 PM
1 votes:

The One True TheDavid: Wolves will die to save their pups and dogs will die to save their people.


Is it reasonable to assume that a dog can conceptualize their own mortality in a way that allows them to make a choice to sacrifice themselves to save people?
2012-11-26 01:41:59 PM
1 votes:

MattyFridays: CSB time:

During the Hurricane Sandy power outages, some idiots in NJ decided to run a generator inside their house.

They got out, but last I checked, one of them was still in the ICU with potential brain damage.

Unfortunately, they had two dogs in the house and one of them didn't make it.

The absolute VENOM coming from dog owners who wanted these guys brought up on charges was amazing.


No farking wonder. The people could escape because they can turn door knobs with their opposable thumbs.
2012-11-26 01:13:46 PM
1 votes:
Super Chronic:

Is there someone on the planet who actually thinks, on full reflection, that this is a worthwhile risk?

Yes. Me. But then I'm weird.
2012-11-26 01:11:38 PM
1 votes:
My dog is sure as hell worth dying for.

Some of you? Not so much. I'd sooner toss you in than fish you out.

It doesn't matter how it happened. The end result is three people dead and some poor kid who will probably never be able to know what it's like to own an animal you'd stick your neck out for because she'll be too busy resenting and hating the one who just wanted to bring the stick back like they were asked to.
2012-11-26 12:56:36 PM
1 votes:

BronyMedic: LisaNeedsBraces:

Well, the world would be pretty boring if we all shared the same opinion. Luckily, we don't.

Well, I personally don't find tragic deaths like this entertaining. But then, I'm not a sociopath either. YMMV.


It takes all kinds: in a world short of soft-hearted do-gooders like you sensible people like me would bleed to death more often. I bet you'd save me even if my Fark username were tattooed on my forehead, bless your little heart.

But then I'm a misanthrope not a sociopath: I have plenty of feeling for others, it's just that most of those others ain't in H. Sapiens. For one thing showing kindness to a random dog might well win me a friend, but trying that with random people usually has the opposite effect. And anybody who says otherwise is probably getting paid to be in a "helping profession," and even then might be a damn fool.

That said, I make a point of behaving better than I expect from most people. Moral superiority has to cost something.
2012-11-26 12:49:09 PM
1 votes:

freewill: Cold_Sassy: Pets display love for their humans every day.
Well, you're assuming it's love, as opposed to excitement about being fed.


If you're the kind of person who can only get your pets to come close to you by giving them food, we probably don't want you owning any pets anyway.
2012-11-26 12:25:14 PM
1 votes:

The One True TheDavid: Psycoholic_Slag:

No dog is worth ME dying for.

Like I said upthread, I'm not so sure about that. My dog is my best friend ever and would clearly be distressed if I went away, let alone died in front of him, so it's easier to picture risking my life to save him than standing there with my fingers crossed. Having said that, I couldn't very well deny that to the ex's dog, cat or ferrets; I might even be tempted to go the distance for her. (In water I'd have to: the pets could swim but she'd sink like a stone.) It's not that the pets are people, it's that they're better.


Other people, that depends.

Given that in time of famine I'd feed people to my pets, or even their pets, there's little doubt involved.

It's like this: at the top of my chart there's me, my pets, and the less than a dozen humans I feel real attachment to; then animals I know (mostly neighbor's pets) and humans I'd like to have grateful to me (especially hotties); then there's everybody else, bipedal and not, though animals might well always outrank strange people (and will always outrank people who get on my nerves). Martyrdom can be commendable but don't test me on that: I'm likelier to kill myself for my own reasons than to risk very much for any given person.

Yes, I know I'm a self-centered cynical asshole. Consider that my opinion of the general run of humanity used to be much higher but decades of experience have shown the error of that.


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2012-11-26 11:37:12 AM
1 votes:

GORDON: People who forgo having children and use pets, which don't actually love you and are incapable of having human emotion, as mortar to fill the hole in their empty lives are sad. Anyone who says otherwise is shouting into the mirror.


Yeah, poor people who have little to look forward to every day should have kids instead, to fill up their empty lives.
2012-11-26 11:24:20 AM
1 votes:

buzzcut73: Remember people, your dog can swim better than you can, and will also retain his body heat in cold water longer than you will.
If the dog can't get out on his own, you -really- have no business going in there. (In ground pools excepted)



Came in here for THIS.

Owns three dogs... would root for them to swim back.
2012-11-26 11:06:32 AM
1 votes:
Was the doggy's name Shannon?
2012-11-26 11:06:25 AM
1 votes:

hdhale: There is no dog worth dying for.

/thread
//ya rly
///don't give me the "you've never had a pet you wouldn't understand..." talk, I've had dogs and cats as pets, I repeat, there is no dog worth dying for


I'd wager dying wasn't their intent. Would you abandon your pet if there was a 10% chance of death? 1%?
2012-11-26 11:03:57 AM
1 votes:

spentmiles: I run a sunset cruise on the coast near San Fran. When the weather turns cold this time of year, most of my business comes from no-kill shelters. They load the boat up with cats and dogs in cages. I take them out to sea and then they throw them overboard. There's about a .001% chance that any of them make it back to shore, but it's a chance, so they get to keep their no-kill status.

Sometimes we have a few beers and then race the boat through swimming packs of drowning animals. It's like driving a blender. More fun and cheaper than gassing them all I suppose.


Horrifying, but far too obvious... Where is the spentmiles we all love to hate? This is subpar... beneath you. Please work on this... we all miss the REAL spentmiles.

0/10
2012-11-26 11:00:36 AM
1 votes:

spentmiles: I run a sunset cruise on the coast near San Fran. When the weather turns cold this time of year, most of my business comes from no-kill shelters. They load the boat up with cats and dogs in cages. I take them out to sea and then they throw them overboard. There's about a .001% chance that any of them make it back to shore, but it's a chance, so they get to keep their no-kill status.

Sometimes we have a few beers and then race the boat through swimming packs of drowning animals. It's like driving a blender. More fun and cheaper than gassing them all I suppose.


I betcha spentmiles is some pimple-faces 34 year-old guy who lives with his mother. Girlfriend? Forget about it.
2012-11-26 10:59:55 AM
1 votes:
I, too, stand up to the tyranny of dog owners and boldly proclaim that it's not worth risking one's own life to save a dog!

Seriously though, what strawman are we all attacking here? Is there someone on the planet who actually thinks, on full reflection, that this is a worthwhile risk? I'm sure this family did not expect to be in danger of dying when they first went in after the dog.
2012-11-26 10:56:30 AM
1 votes:

spentmiles: I run a sunset cruise on the coast near San Fran. When the weather turns cold this time of year, most of my business comes from no-kill shelters. They load the boat up with cats and dogs in cages. I take them out to sea and then they throw them overboard. There's about a .001% chance that any of them make it back to shore, but it's a chance, so they get to keep their no-kill status.

Sometimes we have a few beers and then race the boat through swimming packs of drowning animals. It's like driving a blender. More fun and cheaper than gassing them all I suppose.


Dude,
I love your writing but this....this....I can't tell if I'm amused, horrified or what. You WILL get bites off this one...
2012-11-26 10:54:42 AM
1 votes:
For all those people who say Dogs aren't worth dying for, apparently you guys have never read this:
blog.schoollibraryjournal.com
2012-11-26 10:52:41 AM
1 votes:

hdhale: There is no dog worth dying for.

/thread
//ya rly
///don't give me the "you've never had a pet you wouldn't understand..." talk, I've had dogs and cats as pets, I repeat, there is no dog worth dying for


It's JUST A DOG. Let 'em go, because man, it's gone.
2012-11-26 10:50:11 AM
1 votes:
Came here to say it's not worth your life and puppy can swim better than you can, but many people have been able to point this out before I did.

Of course, this is FARK. Stupidity and tunnel vision are celebrated as bootstrappy, here. Anyone who says otherwise doesn't know what they're talking about.

/No plan. No gear. No Problem, apparantly.
2012-11-26 10:47:21 AM
1 votes:
This happens several times a year, people dying trying to save a dog that's fallen into water. Meanwhile the dog swims out of the water just fine.
 
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