Pet People crazier than us
My friend Charlie called me on Saturday to tell me to turn on the National Geographic channel, because there was a show on, "Taboo" about pet owners who were a bit extreme to say the least.
The first segment was about people who had their beloved pets stuffed by a taxidermist. It was rather creepy, because the animals looked so alive. The show featured a woman who was a taxidermist who stuffed her own pets so she could hone her skill. One of her dogs, a miniature greyhound, she mounted just like a deer head! She had to cut off her own dogs head to do it! She had a bunch of pets in a freezer that she was going to eventually mount or stuff.
I believe to each his own, but the whole thing was creepy! I felt like it was preventing owners who lost a beloved pet to finish the grieving process and move on. Another sad thing was a taxidermist who had several dogs who's owners never came to pick them. It was like a shelter for the unwanted, even though they were all dead.
Another segment featured people who had a monkey for a pet, those small kind organ grinders used to have. One single mother had a 3-year-old son and a 14-year-old monkey she treated like a baby. The scary thing about this is that these monkey's--no matter how long they have lived a "human" life, even if raised from birth--are prone to go off on humans. This woman was truly putting her son at risk.
Not all states allow monkey's as pets, and I really think none should. It showed a monkey rescue that took in all the monkeys people gave up after something bad happened. It was really a shame.
So what do you think? I never knew anyone who had a pet stuffed, though I've seen plenty of deer heads on people's walls!
Above is a picture of the three mutts taking a nap. What a life! I could never imagine having them stuffed in one position, and several of the pets that were stuffed in the show were of dogs or cats in a sleeping position.
posted by Sandy at 1/20/2008 02:14:00 PM