Saturday, October 20, 2007

Taking Back the Dog

I'm sure you heard about the little controversy surrounding the dog that Ellen DeGeneres adopted and then gave away to a family when it turned out the dog didn't get along too well with her cats. After skimming through a few articles about it, I decided that even though DeGeneres violated the terms of the signed contract, the pet adoption agency overreacted in demanding that the dog be returned to them. Although they were within their rights to do so, they could have handled things a little differently.

This little incident has gotten a lot of media coverage, and in every article I saw, it was always mentioned in passing that the owners of the pet adoption agency have received death threats for insisting on taking back the dog.

Look, I like dogs just as much as anyone else, and I already said that the adoption agency overreacted, but I don't feel strongly enough about it to want to threaten anybody's life. Try as I might, I just can't imagine wanting someone to die over this. But since the articles mentioned death threats -- that is, more than just one death threat -- it makes me think there are probably a lot of nut-cases running around loose in this country.

Okay, maybe they're not running around, and maybe they're not loose -- maybe they're sitting home in front of their TVs and fuming about this grave injustice -- but the issue of concern for me is that since these death threats were always mentioned only in passing, whoever wrote the articles apparently didn't think they were that big a deal.

Maybe I'm living in some kind of delusional world where people are generally rational and sensible about things that don't even affect them, but to me, threatening to kill someone over a relatively minor incident seems a little over the top.

Of course, I'm not the kind of guy who makes death threats, so maybe I'm not qualified to comment on this. But I just don't get that angry. Or at least, I haven't yet. And I don't expect to in the future. But if I did, I think I'd probably just go out and kill the person who was making me angry. I don't think I'd waste my time making threats.