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Last weekend, 37-year-old Bruce Kelley Jr and his father were drinking alcohol in a gazebo on the busway in Wilkinsburg, a suburb of Pittsburgh. Police officers noticed they were drinking from open containers, and asked them to stop. Words were exchanged, and a fight ensued between the officers and the drunk men.

Kelley Sr was apprehended, but Kelley Jr managed to momentarily escape. Soon, however, more officers came to the scene, and five of them caught up to Kelley Jr and surrounded him. Knowing he had a knife, they attempted to subdue him with stun guns. But those didn’t work because Kelley, who also apparently was homeless, had on layers of clothes. The officers then sent a K-9 — a five-year-old German Shepherd named Aren — after him. Kelley stabbed and killed the K-9, and then the officers shot and killed him.

I first heard about this incident Sunday evening. I don’t remember exactly what the headline I read said, but I do remember it said something like “K-9 Officer Killed.” I also recall that the story didn’t even mention that a man, an actual human being, was also killed. (Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find that original story to link to it. You’ll just have to trust me.)

Today, many roads in the city will be closed for Aren’s procession and memorial service. Naturally, the death of the dog, the circumstances leading to his death, and the juxtaposition of how this dog has been treated and revered versus the treatment and lack of reverence received by the man killed by police has made this story a controversial one. Some of the Facebook threads of local news outlets reporting on this story have received thousands of likes, shares, and comments.

This in mind, I’ve created a helpful list of things people — media people included — need to stop saying when police dogs are killed.

1. “He was killed in the line of duty

“Duty” implies obligation. Obligation implies responsibility. Responsibility implies agency. Police dogs, however, have no agency. They did not volunteer to be police dogs. They didn’t sign any papers or apply through any internet portals for prospective police dogs. They were chosen. And then trained. And because they had no choice about whether they wanted to be police dogs, they had no duty to fulfill.

2. “He gave his life”

Police dogs have no ownership of their lives. They’re told what to do, where to go, where to live, and even when to eat. Therefore, they can not “give” their lives. Because, from the moment they were chosen to be police dogs, their lives were taken from them.

3. “His death was senseless”

Actually, it makes perfect sense that a man attacked by an animal — a meat-eating and potential human-killing lethal weapon trained to attack and deployed on him by a group of armed officers — would attempt to defend himself with force. It would actually make less sense if a man attacked by a deadly animal decided to do nothing and just allowed himself to get mauled.

4. “His death was tragic”

This is true. The death of Aren was a tragedy. But the statement is incomplete. A more accurate assessment would read “It’s tragic that these five armed officers couldn’t subdue a drunk and homeless guy with a knife and decided to allow a dog to attack him. And it’s even more tragic that this dispute over an open container of alcohol led to the death of a man. An actual human being. The dog also died, and that’s tragic too. Not as tragic, but still tragic. This was a tragic level of law enforcement incompetence, and these officers should be fired. Perhaps even charged.

5. “The death of the K-9 officer”

I do not know if Aren had any puppies. But I do know that if he did, those puppies will not be receiving any pensions. Because Aren received no paycheck. I’m sure he was treated splendidly. He probably ate the finest grade of Kibbles ‘n Bits available — if there’s such a thing as a Black Label Kibbles ‘n Bits, I’m sure he received it — and I’m even sure he slept on one of those posturepedic dog beds from PetSmart. Not the discount ones you find near the register, next to leashes and beef-flavored tennis balls and shit.

But calling an animal that received no officer pay and wasn’t even aware he was a police officer a “police officer” is like buying my two-month-old daughter a spacesuit and calling her an “astronaut.” He was a dog whose life was sacrificed by officers too incompetent for duty.

Damon Young

Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB. He is also a columnist for GQ.com And he's working on a book of essays to be published by Ecco (HarperCollins). Damon is busy. He lives in Pittsburgh, and he really likes pancakes. Reach him at damon@verysmartbrothas.com. Or don't. Whatever.

  • Epsilonicus

    My ninja Deray McKesson is running for mayor of Baltimore. This should get interesting.

    • Cleojonz

      I saw that. Twitter is in an uproar. It should be very interesting. Like the rest of the country will pay attention to this race now too.

      • Epsilonicus

        The haters have come out the woodwork locally

        • Sigma_Since 93

          You know “the man” ain’t gonna let that happen right????

          • Epsilonicus

            I am not worried about the man. I am worried about some “activists” who mad that they couldn’t get a ride on Deray’s coattails.

            • Sigma_Since 93

              Dude hasn’t won and I already feel sorry for him. I see too many parallels between his potential stay in office and the Obama presidency…political gridlock and unrealistic expectations.

              • Epsilonicus

                Actually, in Baltimore there is no political gridlock per se. The city council is too weak. The problem would be the real estate developers plotting against him during the election.

                • Sigma_Since 93

                  I could see the developers propping up and funding a candidate just to gum up the works.

                  • Epsilonicus

                    They already have candidates in their pocket.

                  • Epsilonicus

                    That is how one of the current candidates went to jail during her first stint as mayor.

              • All I know of Baltimore politics is what’s on ‘The Wire’. Let’s hope that isn’t accurate.

                • Epsilonicus

                  Welp…

                • Jennifer

                  The names were changed to protect the innocent, but pretty much…

              • tgtaggie

                I’m pretty interested to see what Pres. Obreezy does after 1/20/2017. I believe his library/ foundation will probably do great things in the southside of Chicago

    • He might be the first politician I give money to and I don’t even live in Baltimore.

      • Cleojonz

        I gave money to a guy running in Minnesota a couple years ago because Koch brothers were supporting his opponent.

      • Epsilonicus

        Same here. I was on the verge of not submitting a vote for mayor.

    • I’m not interested in seeing him win that seat but I have no true vested interest in the matter so my opinion doesn’t even hold weight lol

      • Epsilonicus

        We need someone like him. Folks know him from protests but before then he worked in Baltimore City schools and was effective.

        • -h.h.h.-

          no lie, i had no clue where he was from prior to Ferguson…i honestly thought he was working in Minnesota or something when the Mike Brown situation went down lol.

          • Epsilonicus

            Indeed. He was in Minneapolis after he was in Baltimore. But he is originally from Bmore.

        • Beyond his activism “experience” what other qualifications does he have to adequately take charge of that city? I’m not trying to be condescending or down play whatever background he may have but rallying people on Twitter to enact change doesn’t really scream “Mayor of the Century Potential” to me.

          What does his resume look like? What other leadership positions has he held and what did he do? Seems like any and everyone can just take up these public offices off the strength of charisma alone.

          • Epsilonicus

            High in public school administration in Baltimore and Minneapolis. Used to run out of school time orgs in baltimore. You could also reach out to him. He has photos of his resume on his Twitter

            • Thank you. I hope that city gets the right person in place to clean up all that mess, or at least implement a plan to get started. Side note: I’m so thankful for my city’s mayor, and for transparency, and for wise business practices that he uses to run my city.

              • Epsilonicus

                Our problems in Baltimore are sort of simple. The hard part is getting the right people in to do the job.

                • What I’ve come to recognize about people is that NO ONE wants to do the actual work but they love begging for awards and plaques for work they didn’t do. How people equate laziness solely with my generation, is beyond me.

                  • Epsilonicus

                    Nothing but gospel. We have a city councilperson who been around for 20 years and has done nothing. Literally nothing. Worst attendance in city council. Doesn’t even live in her district. Look up Rikki Spector

                    • I’m extremely active in my college alumni group and no one shows up to our general body meetings aside from our “regulars” and even within that “regulars” group, half of them don’t ever want to volunteer their time to make sure things that we need done get done.

                      I’m the youngest member of this group and between myself and another young alumni member, we end up pulling so much weight when it comes to event planning and orchestration. Then, days before an event, folks want to come through adding their $0.02 about press releases, event set up, etc.

                      It’s so frustrating and one day I’m going to snap and tell all of them about themselves. Put up or stfu.

    • -h.h.h.-

      as an impartial observer of mr deray’s activism, i’m hoping he does well, and i hope he’s surrounded by people that know the process and can help him achieve his goals. i personally feel that the next step following protest is actual finding ways to get into political office and having more of a chance to shape policy.

      • Epsilonicus

        ” i personally feel that the next step following protest is actual finding ways to get into political office and having more of a chance to shape policy.”

        People are really against that though. I thought it would be a natural progression.

        • L8Comer

          Why are people against it?

          • Epsilonicus

            They think it is selling out.

            • L8Comer

              That’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard. So we should sit on the sidelines forever and never move into positions of power? That’s so strange to me.

              • Epsilonicus

                Especially when so many CRM leaders did so.

                • L8Comer

                  I guess we should also complain about the skewed criminal justice system but never become prosecutors, defense lawyers, or police officers lol. Alright then. I guess I understand there’s a fear the system and power will corrupt them… but, you gotta trust your people.

                  • -h.h.h.-

                    stop that crazy talk!

                    you know it’s foolish to think that making a system good means getting more good-hearted competent people to be involved!!

                    • L8Comer

                      I haven’t been exposed to this type of thinking, I’m so perplexed. What’s the logic? Better to leave it in the hands of the 2520s and / or people who don’t have a proven track record of standing up for our rights? Yeah…. they’ll get the job done, change Will happen if we do nothing (sarcasm).

                    • -h.h.h.-

                      i mean “the government” hasn’t been our friend for the past…oh…240 years. we’ve had sparks here and there, but generally speaking, the government has worked for the peace of mind of the majority…and we as a people haven’t really found ways to infiltrate government in all levels IMO.

                      and then when we do…*looks at Kwame Kilpatrick….sighs*

                      alot of us have such a distrust of governement, especially US government, that they’d rather see it destroyed and rebuilt, rather than improved. i can’t disagree, but that’s not my viewpoint. i personally believe that those who have the capacity, and the heart to want to make a difference for more than their friends/families and their pockets should at least take a look into politics.

                    • L8Comer

                      Okay, I see. Thanks for explaining it to me. The whole, “how can you make strides in corrupt system?” The foundation is bad. Still, yeah, I agree with you.

                  • Epsilonicus

                    And hold them accountable with your vote. But most of the “activist” complaining don’t even vote. And they actively tell people its useless.

              • No offense, but most people who become activists, don’t become activists because they want actual power. Most of them come because they want to lose themselves in something, even going to the point of just wanting to become martyrs or symbols. Cornel West been trying to get beat up by the police since Larry Summers near kicked him out of Harvard. Everytime he gets arrested, he looks in the camera like “Maybe this will be the time…someone please throw a brick into my afro!”

                http://images.complex.com/complex/image/upload/t_article_image/lfgmm4oxixsa3c8d6plc.jpg

                Actual politics (backroom dealings) is not exciting, protests on the under hand, going to jail, getting beat up by cops, makes you feel like you’re making history, and to many people, that’s far more exciting than being in power and having to get hate mail, as well as angry phone calls from your constituents.

                • L8Comer

                  no offense taken.

            • *wallslides* I’m tempted to crash on my dad’s couch and spend a week or two slapping sense into people.

              • Epsilonicus

                Come on down!

                • kingpinenut

                  I’m already here man..when I heard that news on ypr …28 folks running

                  smgdh

                  • Epsilonicus

                    People see an opportunity with no incumbent and no heir in waiting.

                    • kingpinenut

                      No doubt – I just have a general aversion to politricks…

              • Jennifer

                Let us know when so we can watch.

          • -h.h.h.-

            because government is…

            wait for it….

            evi!!!!

            http://www.reactiongifs.com/r/wltz.gif

            • Robbinesque

              Must steal this gif…

        • -h.h.h.-

          i read the article last night, but i didn’t check if he was doing a political party…is he going Dem? or is he going to run as an independent (or start a new party)?

          • Epsilonicus

            In Baltimore you have to run Dem, no matter how liberal or conservative you are. There are literal people you would consider social conservatives who are Dems. We have ideological differences that cover the spectrum, just all within one party

            • -h.h.h.-

              ahh got it got it.

          • infinitebuffalo

            AFAIK, he’s running for the Democratic nomination. Apparently the primary there is a bit of a clown car–if I recall correctly, the Sun said there were something like 20+ people running so far…

            • Epsilonicus

              28 people.

              • -h.h.h.-

                sheesh

                • Epsilonicus

                  Maybe I should run.

                  • -h.h.h.-

                    listen man, i know it’s not PC to say, but if you can come with counter-arguments to the foolishness you’ll hear concerning your wife, take a legit stab at it.

                    also, we (as in the black community) need to do a better job of putting election information out there in terms of how to get involved in running for office, whether that means getting involved with a party or running as independents.

                    • Word. In a majority Black city, having a White wife will be a lightning rod, fairly or not.

                    • Epsilonicus

                      And I don’t go to church on a regular basis. I am messing up lol

                    • -h.h.h.-

                      *guides you to a black Presbyterian Church – #YoullBeOutIn2Hours*

                    • Epsilonicus

                      It is easier to be a white candidate than a black person with a white spouse.

        • And this is why I can’t with a lot of Black folk. Too many people would prefer political purity over actual results, however imperfect they may be.

          • Janelle Doe

            You’re so right. Sometimes I’m like tokenism? Hellz gimme ten tokens more than the zero representation we have right now.

      • tgtaggie

        Realistically, is running for mayor the best use of his talent? Wasn’t a congressional seat open this cycle that he could’ve ran for?

        • Epsilonicus

          In Baltimore, mayor is most powerful position. He would be a freshman congressman and in the minority. Mayor is better

          • L8Comer

            all politics are local, so they say

          • Sigma_Since 93

            My man Chris Rey is running for a Senate seat in NC. He was the mayor of a city, Spring Lake NC, and he was definitely using the Corey Booker plan.

            • tgtaggie

              I think he might can win. It depends on how purple NC is this election cycle.

        • -h.h.h.-

          i think he’d be running against Elijah Cummings (arguably my favorite House Rep), and AFAIK (i aint from BMore – i defer to Eps) he’s not leaving?

          oh shoutout to Cummings for lighting fire in that House Committee Meeting on Flint yesterday.

          • Epsilonicus

            He would run against Donna Edwards and Van Holen. Van Holen is #3 in Senate Democratic caucus. He would not win. Both candidates too well connected and can raise so much more money.

          • Sigma_Since 93

            Frater Cummings still doing big things!

      • Brooklyn_Bruin

        Jobs >>>> than politics.

    • Val

      And former mayor Sheila Dixon is running too? What’s up with that? Does she have a chance?

      • Epsilonicus

        She is in the lead. The reason is because she is Baltimore’s version of Marion Berry./ Helped build a lot of community association. Kept it kinda real. And never had an aspirations beyond the city unlike O’Malley. The problem is she is lacks integrity.

        • Val

          It’s really amazing how a mayor can be convicted of a crime while in office, be forced to resign and then run again. Like wtf? And she’s leading in the polls?!

          Marion Berry is smiling down on her. Lol

          • Epsilonicus

            Part of it is a troll to the white people in the city who hates her. Like hated her before she even did anything wrong.

          • -h.h.h.-

            actually happened in Connecticut last year, a former Bridgeport mayor was convicted for corruption charged, served 7 years in prison…got out in 2010….won back the mayorship last November

            *shrug*

            • Val

              That’s crazy.

        • Jennifer

          Sheila and those gift cards…

          I still can’t believe it all of these years later.

          • Epsilonicus

            That was what they could catch her on. The real problem is the fact that she was dating a developer and sliding him deals during pillow talk.

            • Jennifer

              Yeah, that whole thing with the developer was shady! They were LOOKING to get her when she was on the City Council…and she couldn’t find some good good somewhere else?! ::sigh::

              • Epsilonicus

                Sheila hood so she aint care. And it did not help she put her entire family on once she got into City Hall.

                • Jennifer

                  I guess the problem is she didn’t know how to practice nepotism like a ninja like our 2520 brethren.

    • miss t-lee

      I read last night there’s like 30 people running.
      That’s wild.

      • Epsilonicus

        28. lol

        • miss t-lee

          That’s a lot of folks…lol

    • Also, I went and read his announcement. It looks like he has great instincts and is thinking about the big picture in Baltimore. I saw what Corey Booker did in Newark, and he could do similar things.

      • Epsilonicus

        The problem is the developers. They will not like Deray and are going to drop beaucoup dollars on another candidate, probably Mosby since Dixon is too dirty

        • miss t-lee

          To me, an outside looking it…I thought Mosby was looking pretty good?

          • Epsilonicus

            Lady Mosby, yes. Her husband Nick is not. He is still top 3.

            • miss t-lee

              I was talking about Nick…he is the one running, correct? LOL

              • Epsilonicus

                Yup.

      • Epsilonicus

        If he can make audits happen that would be a big win

    • Brooklyn_Bruin

      Heard a lot of things about Ol boy, some favourable and some not so favorable.

      Same with Shaun King.

      • Epsilonicus

        Folks are mad Deray aint tied to a specific organization. Folks want him affiliated.

  • miss t-lee

    I love dogs. Like I’ve owned a few and everything. Looking to maybe own another.
    However, I will never understand how folks make the leap from a dog being an animal to a person.
    Maybe it’s my country upbringing, but I just don’t get it. The dogs I’ve owned over the years have all died of old age, except for one that contracted parvo as a puppy and we had to put him down. I cried because I missed them and their companionship, however we weren’t having any doggie funerals.
    The police will definitely care more about an animal dying than correcting themselves shooting down folks like dogs in the street.
    Sickening.

    • Inability to connect with humans leads to humanization of other things.

      To put it simply: loneliness.

      Pets = Pr0n.

      • #facts

      • Quirlygirly

        Good Point!!

      • miss t-lee

        Hmmmmm.

      • Wild Cougar

        it’s a 2520 disease

        • SLW

          2520 here: my parents are those people and I do not understand it. No, I don’t want the dog in the family portrait or on the Christmas card. I don’t think I should have to hide a chocolate bar–why is your 90-pound dog jumping onto the kitchen counter? How come when you go out of town, the dog stays at a $70/night hotel but when we were kids, we just slept over at the neighbors? Why can’t I smack its nose when it misbehaves when I caught spankings regularly as a kid for my infractions? I could chalk it up to them not having grandchildren I guess but….

          I don’t know, just trust that in THIS house, there are no dogs, and if there were they’d live outside like they did when I was a kid and my parents were normal people.

          • DBoySlim

            I just don’t get it.

            • SLW

              Me neither. I’m told there is money set aside in the will for the dog’s care, should he outlive them, but I hope it’s a joke. It’s probably not though.

          • miss t-lee

            So this is brand new behavior for your parents?

            • Gbadebo

              ….empty nest syndrome

              • miss t-lee

                Hmmm.

            • SLW

              Yep. They were totally normal when we were kids. We always had a dog, but more because my parents were like “kids should have a dog” and the dog always lived in the backyard and wasn’t allowed on the furniture on the rare occasions it came inside. In other words, it was a pet, not on par with the humans in the house.

              My mom says the dog fills my dad’s need for the kind of exuberant greeting when he comes home from work that he used to get from us as kids but I don’t know. I knew the ship to Crazytown had sailed when I caught him lying face-to-face on the floor with the dog saying earnestly, “Harley, you’re such a good dog. You’re a GREAT dog, and I don’t like to have to discipline you. I’m sorry I spanked you” and he was genuinely broken up that he had spanked the dog. I called my sister and said “did you ever get an apology for any spanking you got?” and my dad said loftily, “You both deserved every spanking you ever got and probably some you didn’t get.”

              • miss t-lee

                Oh wow.

        • kingpinenut

          Miss me with all that #animallove shiat. I’ve come to the conclusion those people can’t relate to other humans.

      • My friend who is a dog groomer is obsessed with dogs. OBSESSED! I seriously believe she has some mental problems.

      • Cula J.

        THIS.

        I know SO many people that are like “Well, I like my pet more than I like people”, yet can’t figure out why they have so many problems with other folks.

        If they gave their fellow man half as much respect as they give pets, maybe they wouldn’t have so many problems.

    • cakes_and_pies

      Like what the Hale is a dog daughter or pet kids? Naw..those are animals.

      • miss t-lee

        And they when folks call themselves “pet parents”.
        Or dress them up.
        Or take pictures with Santa
        It’s all so baffling.

        • Quirlygirly

          I KNOW!!!

        • Pinks

          UGH this pisses me AWF!

          “So Pinks can you give me some tips on being a parent?”
          OMG you’re pregnant? Congratulations!!
          “No, silly. We’re adopting.”
          I’m sorry, but congratulations, still! A girl or boy?
          “A girl. She’s a Cane Corso and Pitbull mix…”
          BIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIITCH

          http://i.giphy.com/WRJKR8mGQDhPq.gif

          • miss t-lee

            I’m hollering between that exchange and this gif.

            • Pinks

              I wanted to stomp her out so bad.

          • porqpai

            The only time I ever anthropomorphisized either of my dogs was to explain to my mother that the four-legged grandchildren she had was ALL she was gonna get lol

        • Quirlygirly

          Why did my coworker say they have a camera where my grandkid is at. I was like what!! that is a progressive daycare. How about she was talking about her daughters dog. They have a camera at the doggy daycare where her daughter took her dog. SMMFH!!

      • Robbinesque

        At my recent birthday dinner, an (former) acquaintance said “Let me show you pictures of my P U ss…” I was like “GURL…that is NOT my cup of tea nor is this THAT kinda party!” She whipped out her phone and proceeded to share more than a dozen pictures of her and her cat. *Le sigh* (Note the fact that I said “former” above.)

        • Jennifer

          LMAO! Definitely one of those moments when you realized your friend and you have grown apart. PU ss, my pu ss.

      • Amy G.

        Aargh!! I am NOT the dog’s “mom”!!!

        The last time the vet tried that crap, I patiently explained to her that she was, by definition, literally calling me a b!tch. She doesn’t call me that anymore.

    • Question

      It never fails, though – the people who treat their dogs like people/babies always have the *worst* trained dogs (this article not withstanding).

      • Ari

        Caesar 911 confirmed that for me – no matter how staged or fake it may be.

      • miss t-lee

        Indeed.

      • Jennifer

        The owner whose dog bit me when I was out for a run said something similar, “He’s so well-behaved. He never bites anyone.” Meanwhile, I’m looking at my thigh like, “He just bit ME, dude!”

        • Question

          That same person is gonna try and use affluenza to get their kid out of DUI trouble…

    • Rich Vuchetich

      It’s more about showing respect for an animal. Whether anyone likes it or not, they are officers. The only thing that someone has to do is to COMPLY. If you Comply, then you have a good chance of NOTHING coming of the situation. Respect is the important part of this. The officers are showing respect for another officer. It doesn’t matter if the officer is White, Black, or if it has four paws and a tail. My dogs are my family. They are not just dogs. In order for the American way of life to work, Respect must be at the forefront of American Values.

      • miss t-lee

        Thou carest not.

    • Duane Stephens

      They EAT DOGS..!! How much respect in that!!!!!!

  • mr. steal your costco samples

    I am enraged and baffled by this incident. listening to the radio on the way in yinzers was like “yo these dogs are like family and you have to defend your brother!” the fk? like, a wild dog attacks me it’s getting hit with anything available.

    also, like, FIVE OF YOU can’t take one buzzed homeless dude without a damn German shepherd?

    I can’t even at all with this.

    • miss t-lee

      ” like, a wild dog attacks me it’s getting hit with anything available.”

      I was walking home from school back in the day and a dog ran up on me, and it got kicked right in the face.
      Gotta do what ya gotta.

      • mr. steal your costco samples

        Like, and if someone kicked my dog, how I’m gonna just draw down on that person and shoot them?!?!?

        • miss t-lee

          Run up get done up.
          Man, or dog.

      • Pinks

        A German shepherd named Damien that lived a few doors down chased me into my house one summer when I was like 4 years old. Still have a scar on my knee from it. My grandfather was kicking it in the head all crazy and the neighbor was talking about pressing charges. Like, sir, he just attacked a CHILD!

        • miss t-lee

          Damien?
          Yeah, that evil muhfuh deserved it.

          • Pinks

            Hella did. They had him on this flimsy chain that used to rumble every time he tried to jump at someone. How do you have a German shepherd named Damien sitting on the front porch at all times when there’s children playing on the block? I don’t know why nobody reported his a s sbefore then.

            • miss t-lee

              Like I said in my post, I love dogs, but if it’s me or the dog, I’m always picking me.

              and yeah…animal control definitely should’ve investigated that.

              • Pinks

                I don’t care for dogs except the ones I know, and even then, I’m choosing humans over the pooch any day. Maybe because I wasn’t raised with them and have never had one for a pet, but I really don’t give a damn about canines.

                • miss t-lee

                  My mother loved dogs and passed that love along to me, so we had them growing up.
                  Also, however there was always levels to that.
                  Like my coworker came up to me near tears about how her dog had to go to vet for cancer treatments, and in my mind all I could think of is…maybe it’s time Fluffy went to that big park in the sky.
                  I had to keep a straight face and didn’t say much.

                  • Pinks

                    OMG my mom’s coworker took out $25k from her 401k to pay for her dog’s surgery. She is late on her mortgage and sleeps on the couch because the dog needs to stretch out across her bed. Her husband has the other couch.

                    My mom and her rude mouth told her her husband should’ve left her the minute she made the withdrawal smfh

                    • IsitFridayyet?

                      Huh?

                    • Pinks

                      Yea I was confused too. Like she had difficulty making a choice?

                    • IsitFridayyet?

                      I’m trying to understand the coworker’s logic, but my brain is failing me.

                    • tgtaggie

                      25K for dog surgery? I would throw Fido the deuces and sing “see you next lifetime” on the way out.

                    • mr. steal your costco samples

                      I could get there…be a lot of conditions and I’d have to have everything else fully funded, but if it was the difference b/w a dope vacation and Fido…maybe…

                    • miss t-lee

                      I’d see Fido at the crossroads.

                    • tgtaggie
                    • Sigma_Since 93

                      Yeah I had to put one of my dogs down that had cancer. I looked at the Dr and said you want me to spend $5K and he’s only got a 20% chance of recovery????

                    • Epsilonicus

                      That is too much even in Monopoly money,

                    • miss t-lee

                      $25,000 American dollars?
                      Nah mayne. Nah.

                    • Pinks

                      Apparently it has some kind of cancer and the surgery is going to get rid of it or alleviate the pain somehow. The part that kills me is them giving up their bed so homie can be more comfortable. Must be nice to be a pooch in that family.

                    • miss t-lee

                      Nah mayne. I can’t.
                      When they told us the treatment for my puppies parvo would be in excess of $2k and he might not even survive? Or walk?
                      We knew what we had to do.

                    • Pinks

                      Woulda been some slow singing and flower bringing in the backyard.

                    • miss t-lee

                      We said our goodbyes.

                    • fxd8424

                      LOL @ slow singing and flower bringing in the backyard.

                    • Lmaooo! You better quote some BIG. That made my day!

                    • Quirlygirly

                      Wayment- the dog was in the bed and her and hubby on the couch. She couldn’t just buy the dog a dog bed or something?

                      Yeah I agree with your mom. He should have left her cause she lost her ever loving mind

                    • miss t-lee

                      Too far gone…lol

                    • Pinks

                      Yes, she and her hubby sleep on the couch while the dog has free roam of their master bedroom and king-sized bed. Apparently none of the doggy beds are comfortable enough or big enough for him (he’s a Great Dane I think), so the next best option was for them to sleep in the living room.

                    • Janelle Doe

                      Wow, and I thought my coworker’s wife was losing marbles because she was hesitant to go on a five week trip to Italy because the cat would miss them. But this here’s something else.

                      And yes, it amuses me when people say they want to practice being parents by having a furry pet.

                      And plus also all the summer don’t roll up windows warnings.they even have mall police looking in cars and ticketing for dehydrated pets.

                    • Pinks

                      The cat wouldn’t have given a damn. Those are the most unbothered creatures ever!

                  • Quirlygirly

                    I care for animals too. I have had 2 dogs, 6 cats, 2 gerbils, 1 ferret, some fish and a bird (not all at the same time) but not one of those animals come before a human life. I feel empathy when someone has to put down their beloved pet down but not if said pet has attacked a human.

                    • miss t-lee

                      Putting a pet down sucks.
                      However, it’s normally the most humane thing you can do when they have illnesses.

                    • Gbadebo

                      I agree with most of that. However, I think too many people are way too familiar with dogs they don’t know.
                      If you run up on a strange dog and start petting, hugging, etc without hesitance…it’s your own fault if that dog gets tired of your harassment.
                      I have two dogs that I love. The oldest does not have patience for people she doesn’t know. The youngest loves everything and everyone.

                    • Quirlygirly

                      No, I understand some people get too friendly with unknown animals. I am talking about people who allow their dogs to attack people and make excuses for them. Then when the state has the dog put down the owners act like their dog was a saint. Nah, Pickles chewed threw a fence attacked and bitten 2 adults, 3 children, and didn’t listen to you when you said stop.

                    • Gbadebo

                      OH yeah, agree with you on that 100%. Too many irresponsible owners out here in the streets….

        • porqpai

          I had a Rotty run up on me when I was back home in Nola named Duke. This was not long after David Duke was a thing. Only reason I know his name cuz his owner was calling him from two effing blocks away. Al I will say is it was blood on the street at the end of that day and it was not mine.

          My great-grand used to raise shepherds. And my great-aunt raised Danes. I don’t care how well you train a dog, some of them creatures have psychotic breaks too.

          Being straight up crazy is how I got bit by a Llasa Apso. The little dogs are the most vicious and neurotic. If I ain’t been personally introduced to your animal, keep it the eff away from me or deal with the results.

          • Pinks

            I don’t know much about dogs, but when people are like “It’s not the breed, it’s the way it’s raised,” I’m like yeaaaaaaa but some of them joints just act more ferocious than others! Add their size as a factor, and I’m crossing the street when I see that joint off a leash or maybe even on it. I have no shame in my scaredy cat game.

            • Gbadebo

              “I’m like yeaaaaaaa but some of them joints just act more ferocious than others!”
              Like porqpai said, it’s the little ones that are the most ferocious…because they are usually the least trained. Size is definitely a factor in the type of damage that can be done. No disputing that, but training is 100% a factor.
              I love dogs for the animals that they are, especially breeds that get a bad rap. I see a lot of parity between societies outlook on certain breeds as ferocious, and certain aspects of systemic racism. When it comes down to it, environment, training, AND personality make all the difference in a dog.

      • KB

        Years ago I was walking around my mom’s neighborhood with my nephew, who was maybe 2 at time. There was this lady who was walking her dog without a leash and when the dog sees us he comes running our way. This was a medium sized dog so who knows what it was going to do. I moved my nephew behind me and squared up. That is when the lady called his name and the dog stopped right before he got to us. Then she comes up talking about some, “it’s ok he wasn’t going to do anything” which was promptly met with “your dog was about to get f****d up.” which of course caused her to get an attitude and storm off. I’m against cruelty to animals but if your dog looks like the vicious, ready to attack type then I will lay hands on it.

        • miss t-lee

          I respect it man. Plus you were with your nephew too? Nah.

          I had a homeboy get attacked by 4 pitbulls and almost died. I don’t play them games with animals I don’t know.

          • Quirlygirly

            Dang, that is awful. I don’t play with animals either. Shoot there is a squirrel by my house that looks unsavory. I am ready to take him out right now!!

            • miss t-lee

              Not the squirrel…lol
              Yeah, he had to get all kinds of stitches and staples in his head, they almost took his ear off. It was bad.

              • Quirlygirly

                Girl it is real outchea! It is a black one too! That punk looks at me menacingly and he rolled up to my door like he was gonna come in the house!! Nah- he gots to go!!

            • Pinks

              Put his a s s in a fricasee!

            • Lmaooo! Those squirrels can be savage tho, they aren’t afraid of people.

              • mr. steal your costco samples

                they fly too. today’s modern super-animals like the electric eel and flying squirrel tho

                • Just like bats and ish…

              • Quirlygirly

                No they aren’t and they bold as hayle. I don’t play with squirrels and all. Squirrels and Geese- F-them yo!!

                • I need to add pigeons to your list. Don’t be chillin on the beach and had a flock surround you. They straight azzholes.

        • Quirlygirly

          I hate when people say “it’s ok he wasn’t going to do anything”. That is what YOU think. You don’t know what that dog will do.. And there have been PLENTY of cases where dogs attack people when the owner says stop or even attack the owners themselves

    • Gail

      And notice that they didn’t shoot the person…

  • mr. steal your costco samples

    radio yinz also be on some “you can’t judge unless you were there and had to make split second decisions.”

    I’m just like man that split second decision your moms made had the smart part of you dripping onto the mattress.

    • Quirlygirly

      This dog is chilling like a mug!

      • miss t-lee

        The life!!! LOL

        • This dog and the monkey getting it’s beard combed are my heroes.

          To this day I maintain that no living creature knows true bliss as much as a dog with its head sticking out of the window of a moving vehicle.

          • miss t-lee

            You ain’t lying, they look so happy.

          • Lea Thrace

            that monkey is every thing!

        • Quirlygirly

          That man is cleaning that dog better than he probably cleans himself. LOL!

          • miss t-lee

            I mean…

  • sasha

    I have given and attended a doggy funeral before. Nevertheless I have a theory: What if the whole “hate ourselves” that’s applied to the black community is really embedded in all humans (specifically melanin deficit folks) therefore the love that is supposed to exist amongst humans is thrust upon animals. Like deep down people hate people… So there’s a special empathy towards animals.

  • Sigma_Since 93

    This illustrates the power / problem with words. With just a few sentences, a dog can become a hero and a man man can become a villain. It’s the same words that allow a White occupier of Federal land to be an activist and a Black student / military man / child as a thug. The adjectives used are so flowery it makes me sick. I understand that the cops are trained to use the least amount of force; somewhere the cops forgot dog > tazer. A cop MAY stop whuppin your azz if you lie still enough; with a dog, not so much.

    I wish there were video so the family could sue for excessive force. You never see the dog called off until rover got a bite or three in.

  • I’ve never had a pet so my only connection to dogs and puppies is “omg how cute!”. Anything beyond that scope of cuteness is something I am not able to comprehend, especially as it relates to white folks treating domesticated creatures as baby humans. The late night animal abuse ads really upset me because so much energy, time, effort and funds are put into making sure some stray dog has a “home”. I can’t imagine why a dog HAS to have some adoptive family to live with. There are thousands of orphaned and foster children who actually need homes and support but here we are listening to “In The Arms of An Angel” with a slideshow of sickly dogs covered in fleas.

    • infinitebuffalo

      I work across the street from Pittsburgh Public Schools headquarters. The number of times these “beloved animals” are left in the truck in summer…. (and, yes, not only does the local school district have its own independent police department, but they have their own dogs…)

      • L8Comer

        Wow… talk about the militarization of schools and the school to prison pipeline. They’re already being treated like inmates.

    • Wild Cougar

      I hate those commercials so much

  • I don’t expect much from police officers because, as Panama would say “Nig gas gon’ nig.” What gets me is when there are so many people that agree to this hero treatment of police dogs. How hast the hierarchy gone to Cop > Police Dog > The rest of us?

    • Cleojonz

      Your tax dollars at work. Motorcade Processional for a doggy funeral. SMDH.

  • Jocelyn

    In the great state of Ohio, this was breaking news earlier this week – http://www.10tv.com/content/stories/apexchange/2016/02/03/oh–police-k-9-auction.html. Someone started a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds so this officer could buy the dog at the auction. The rules state the dog is property of the police department and must be auctioned like other property.

    • Quirlygirly

      SMDH! Yet if that dog died in the “line of duty” said dog would have had a burial fit for a human. So is the dog property or an officer? Oh I get it- its an officer when his life is on the line but property when they have no more use for him..got it!

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