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2013-01-13 09:08:10 PM
Subby, you suck...but in the "geez, why did you have to make me cry" sort of way. It has been two years to the day since I lost my mutt. And even though there is a new mutt sleeping in the next room now, I will always cherish the bond I had with the previous one. And I still remember how lonely I was when he was gone.
 
2013-01-13 09:13:26 PM
I have no idea who that guy is I wasn't going to read that.

I read it anyway.

I don't have an assistant I can call to call ahead to the humane society for me.
I don't have 19 acres or a place with a conservatory.

I do have great memories of my dog.

It sucks to lose a friend even if you do have a staff and a conservatory.
 
2013-01-13 09:38:12 PM
Goddamnyousomuch, subby

/and I'm a cat person
 
2013-01-13 09:42:20 PM
Not the first time Neil Gaiman's writing has made me tear up, worse now because this isn't fiction. Dammit, now I'm thinking about pets who are no longer with me. Better go and say hi to the ones that are still here.
 
2013-01-13 11:14:38 PM
Such a familiar, terrible pain. :(
 
2013-01-13 11:51:52 PM
This story is getting me one step closer to getting a dog. I've thought about in the past but used to be gone alot... now I mostly work from home, and having lived alone for the past six years I've probably learned to be too independent. That's not sympathy-baiting; I'm saying I could see myself five years from now thinking that dog (that I don't yet have) changed my life.

Not something I'm going to get into lightly but... thinking about it.
 
2013-01-14 12:06:42 AM
I'm just here to say subby sucks for using the "dusty" meme.
 
2013-01-14 12:16:29 AM

feckingmorons: I have no idea who that guy is I wasn't going to read that.


You really should.  He's a treasure.  Sorry about your loss, dear man.
 
2013-01-14 12:58:29 AM

Frank N Stein: I'm just here to say subby sucks for using the "dusty" meme.


It automatically makes me ignore the article and sends me into a thread to show everyone what Dusty in here may look like.

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2013-01-14 01:00:33 AM
My cat died a couple of months ago. Now I have to go cry.
 
2013-01-14 01:01:39 AM
Also, I choose to believe this writing from Gaiman is as overrated as hipster comic geeks have made Sandman.
 
2013-01-14 02:04:14 AM

FirstNationalBastard: Also, I choose to believe this writing from Gaiman is as overrated as hipster comic geeks have made Sandman.


Yeah, sometimes acting like an internet tough guy helps mask the sorrow.
 
2013-01-14 02:23:25 AM
Makes me think of Candy, the Cocker Spaniel that I had as a kid. And she died 40 years ago.
 
2013-01-14 02:23:51 AM
It hurts now because your pooch held a dear part in your heart. It was a gift. Treasure it.

Be well Mr Gaiman.
 
2013-01-14 02:26:24 AM
My dog was asleep when we had to put her down. I still regret that I didn't get a chance to say goodbye, four years later.
 
2013-01-14 03:05:33 AM
The thing that got me about this post was the obvious distress that he couldn't be there to say goodbye. I could easily put myself in his shoes, as I haven been a few times when my pets died. If only I had been there to give a hug, to soothe with my voice, perhaps the very scary things that were happening to the animal might not feel so bad. The death of a beloved pet is never going to be easy on you, but if your presence could have made it even the smallest bit better on them it hurts so badly that you couldn't give them that tiny bit of comfort.
 
2013-01-14 03:09:59 AM
Oh great, another wailing melodramatic sob story designed to jerk us around by our emotions.
 
2013-01-14 03:17:23 AM

feckingmorons: I have no idea who that guy is...


Start here. (And yes, the audiobook is worth the price.)
 
2013-01-14 03:24:23 AM
From the post: "I'd never had a dog. I don't think he'd ever had a person. And we bonded. Over the next six years, we both changed and we both grew." Such a beautiful line and so true.

My dog saved me after my mother died. She died in June, and I got him in December. I knew I was getting him before then. My cousin breeds dogs, and she bred a liter of puppies especially for me. He is a yorkiepoo. The runt of the litter. Chibi was the size of his head when I first got him, and now he has giraffe legs and weighs more than both of his parents combined. He's a genetic freak, but he's my genetic freak.

No one can understand the unconditional love of a dog unless they have one themselves. Chibi would lick the tears from my eyes and give me a puppy hug when I was missing my Mama. He'd be there to make me laugh or smile on days when I thought such a thing impossible. He brings such joy to my life that I find myself making up songs to sing to him. I cannot sing worth a damn, but he doesn't mind. His little tail wags with delight.

Sorry for the loss, Neil, but I have the best dog in the universe.
 
2013-01-14 03:44:15 AM

Begoggle: FirstNationalBastard: Also, I choose to believe this writing from Gaiman is as overrated as hipster comic geeks have made Sandman.

Yeah, sometimes acting like an internet tough guy helps mask the sorrow.


Has "internet tough guy", like troll before it, now come to mean "someone who disagrees with me and dares to say so"?

And if you really want to biatch about acting like a tough guy, why not complain about the whole " dusty onions are making my vagina weep" meme, since it stems directly from macho tough guy bullshiat?
 
2013-01-14 03:59:06 AM
A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.
If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.

Pretty much sums up dogs. There is something that a dog provides an owner that nothing else can replace.


My dog is a dick a lot of the time and is now reaching the old grouchy dog phase where he is more content to not have someone disturbing his sleep. That does not stop him from being excited to see me when I get home, or prevent him from checking up on me from time to time if he has not seen me in a while, or sleeping next to me when I am sick.


It's my dog, I've found my dog!
 
2013-01-14 04:07:41 AM
Curse you Subby for that...

*sniff*

The love of a dog is so unconditional. I wish more people could be like that.
 
2013-01-14 04:31:46 AM
Appropriate:
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2013-01-14 04:38:16 AM

digidorm: This story is getting me one step closer to getting a dog. I've thought about in the past but used to be gone alot... now I mostly work from home, and having lived alone for the past six years I've probably learned to be too independent. That's not sympathy-baiting; I'm saying I could see myself five years from now thinking that dog (that I don't yet have) changed my life.

Not something I'm going to get into lightly but... thinking about it.


Just remember, dogs poop. You must pick it up. They also sometimes destroy things when left alone too much(luckily mine don't). Their alot like a 2 year old that never grows up.
That being said, they are great to have.
 
2013-01-14 04:49:16 AM

Wrencher: Just remember, dogs poop. You must pick it up

.

Forgot to mention I grew up with a dog so I'm familiar with the logistics of care and feeding... I just haven't had a dog of my own in my adult life. (And I'm not a cat person.)
 
2013-01-14 05:07:10 AM
Lose a great dog? been there, done that and it sucked. And yet I will probably go there again. And again.
 
2013-01-14 05:17:13 AM
The dog stories get me every time.

During my life, my family has had 8 dogs (I've had none myself, cause I'm honest enough with myself to know I'm not responsible enough to own a houseplant, much less something that needs to be fed and walked on a regular schedule). I grew up with them and live close enough to visit them regularly. They're like family, if family never argued with you, was always happy to see you, and was overjoyed to spend every waking minute with you with no thought towards their own needs or wants at all. I've yet to find a single living person as trusting, loyal, and loving.

I've yet to meet a well treated dog that was anything but wonderful in pretty much every way. I think that dog stories always get me even though people stories don't because, even if I don't know the dog, I kind of do.
 
2013-01-14 06:07:46 AM

rekraFlatoT: Lose a great dog? been there, done that and it sucked. And yet I will probably go there again. And again.


As some here know we lost a greyhound in May in a whirlwind two weeks of agony and a lot of money (would do it again). 2 months later we got Jeep another rescue greyhound.
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Some people thought it was too soon as we hadn't got over the loss of Dasher, I disagreed. We knew there was another dog waiting for a new home and that we could continue to mourn Dasher while helping this new dog out and if anything he has helped us cope.

He's thick as a brick (and heavy too at 80 lbs) but he is the sweetest most loving dog. We think his sister likes him except when he steps on her head or whacks her with his tail.

P.S My wife did grief counseling for several years and pretty much the Rainbow bridge poem is like telling people that their deceased love ones "are in a better place" which I guess is a no-no. Although meant well, it essentially states their loved one is better off not being with them while dismissing their feelings. Safest thing is to say you are sorry for their loss and let them talk. Don't try to make them feel better.
 
2013-01-14 06:23:54 AM
I shouldn't have read that.

:(
 
2013-01-14 06:25:11 AM

digidorm: Wrencher: Just remember, dogs poop. You must pick it up.

Forgot to mention I grew up with a dog so I'm familiar with the logistics of care and feeding... I just haven't had a dog of my own in my adult life. (And I'm not a cat person.)


I have a 100 lb Pitpuppy. There are significant "LOGiStics".
 
2013-01-14 06:31:01 AM
I made it until I thought I was all cried out, and then I heard that Lola had taken his collar from the counter top and slept with it all night, and I cried again.

GODDAMMIT! *sniffle*
 
2013-01-14 07:08:03 AM

ParagonComplex: No one can understand the unconditional love of a dog unless they have one themselves.


It's a pack animal.  To anyone with a sense of empathy, it's not hard to understand at all.  That's not to downplay the extent to which a human and a dog can bond, but it's one thing to gush eloquently about that bond (which Neil Gaiman did) and just being plain stupid about it, like you.
 
2013-01-14 07:15:54 AM
This explains a lot, and is worth the read...

http://theoatmeal.com/comics/dog_paradox
 
2013-01-14 08:02:19 AM

rikkards: rekraFlatoT: Lose a great dog? been there, done that and it sucked. And yet I will probably go there again. And again.


He's thick as a brick


Greyhounds usually are.... ;)
Mine's dense like depleted uranium, but I love that stinky hound.
 
2013-01-14 08:04:37 AM
We lost our dog this summer. She died in my arms, gasping for breath and turning blue. Then two weeks ago, we lost our cat - she died convulsing and gasping in front of us. So I'm getting a kick (in the gut) from this blog.

My dad's dog died a few years ago. He said it hurt more than when his mother died, and he almost committed suicide over it.

Unlike people, dogs just love you. They don't hurt you, betray you, or reject you like family and friends often do. They just love love love. It's unique.

Dogs should live forever.
 
2013-01-14 08:05:45 AM
I just found out my dog has a particularly nasty form of cancer. You always know the clock is ticking, but now I can hear it much more loudly. And no, twelve years is not enough.

I'll be saving this and coming back to it. I think I'll need the reminder of how others deal with this sort of thing. Hard to read it, but glad to find it.
 
2013-01-14 08:13:39 AM

100 Watt Walrus: feckingmorons: I have no idea who that guy is...

Start here. (And yes, the audiobook is worth the price.)


Why not American Gods? shiat, read the Graveyard Book to your kids.
 
2013-01-14 08:25:10 AM
My dog only has a few months left in her. She's rapidly losing muscle mass, falls down on walks, can't make it up and down stairs anymore, and she just doesn't move much all day unless there is something interesting to sniff. I'm still wondering how I'm going to find the courage to have her put to sleep when she can't move around at all, and how I will cope with the empty feeling when I come home without her there. Will be a sad day indeed.
 
2013-01-14 08:35:52 AM
Fark. Fark, fark, fark.

Thats No Moose: I shouldn't have read that.

:(


Th..th...sniffle...this
 
2013-01-14 08:47:47 AM
"things are dusty" headlines sucks even more than "wait, what?" headlines.
 
2013-01-14 08:52:17 AM
If you get a pet it is likely it will die before you do. If you don't want to deal with that, don't get a pet.
 
2013-01-14 08:54:45 AM

FirstNationalBastard: Begoggle: FirstNationalBastard: Also, I choose to believe this writing from Gaiman is as overrated as hipster comic geeks have made Sandman.

Yeah, sometimes acting like an internet tough guy helps mask the sorrow.

Has "internet tough guy", like troll before it, now come to mean "someone who disagrees with me and dares to say so"?

And if you really want to biatch about acting like a tough guy, why not complain about the whole " dusty onions are making my vagina weep" meme, since it stems directly from macho tough guy bullshiat?


Much like "hipster" has come to mean "someone who likes something I don't like."
 
2013-01-14 08:56:01 AM
I like niel's books, but why is his dog passing newsworthy?
 
2013-01-14 09:00:09 AM
I began reading American Gods last night. I now do not know if I will be able to continue.
 
2013-01-14 09:11:56 AM

Dr. Goldshnoz: I like niel's books, but why is his dog passing newsworthy?


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2013-01-14 09:26:41 AM
I rotate pets. When the dogs dies, I get a cat, when it dies, I get a dog.
Dogs, by far are your friends.
Cats, are a maintenance pet. But, they kill mice.
So do dogs, if you train them.
My last dog lasted 8 1/2 years. Was like a loyal puppy until the last 6 days.
Best friend, ever.
 
2013-01-14 09:34:51 AM

digidorm: This story is getting me one step closer to getting a dog. I've thought about in the past but used to be gone alot... now I mostly work from home, and having lived alone for the past six years I've probably learned to be too independent. That's not sympathy-baiting; I'm saying I could see myself five years from now thinking that dog (that I don't yet have) changed my life.

Not something I'm going to get into lightly but... thinking about it.


I was basically forced into getting a dog by my X wife. I hated the entire concept of having a pet in my house, especially a dog. Now the X is remarried and I have a dog sitting at my feet while I work.

I don't know when the transformation happened but at some point in the first year I became a dog person. She got loose once and got hit by a car and I thought I was going to die but luckily she just had some scraped skin on her back leg and was fine. That night when she was at the vet was probably one of the worst of my life.

I don't even want to think about her getting old and I'm seriously considering cloning her. I don't know if it's really a life changer but when I'm on the road I look forward to seeing her and watching her whine and dance in happiness at seeing me again. It's always nice being greeted by someone that really really really missed you.
 
2013-01-14 10:01:51 AM
Some years ago, I had a relatively minor accident getting off the expressway.  It wasn't serious, but it was enough to make the car undrivable for the time being.  So a tow truck took me to some little, awful car service place.  It was very strange (rural Indiana so that figures)--both a business and a home.  The business part was up front, concrete floor, horrible harsh halogen lighting, grime and dust everywhere, everything you expect in some out of the way car service place.  Then through a big opening you could see...a living room.  Very weird.  Very awful.

To complete the picture, there was a dog chained to a dog house outside, howling and howling, no doubt to keep himself warm.  It was *very* cold that day, a high in the low 20s and a howling wind.  I'm willing to bet that dog spent every minute of every day chained to that dog house, and apart from somebody giving him food and water, and cleaning up his poop once in a while, he got zero attention from anybody.

He's long dead by now--this happened at least 15 years ago--and probably died an early death, miserable, lonely, and cold.

Then I thought of the dusty, grimy "office" with the "living room" behind it, and I'm not so sure the people were much better off.

Yay humanity.
 
2013-01-14 10:06:38 AM
Such a lovely tribute, and description of the raw, terrible, and all-too-familiar pain. It's hard to explain to non-dog types, but it's a unique relationship, and it's pretty great. It's also tempered by the fact that you will likely outlive them. It sucks, it hurts, but I can't imagine having a house without a dog around.
 
2013-01-14 10:13:38 AM
Commando the Wonder Dog:

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