Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Pardon me while I rant incessantly...


There are many reasons why I don't watch Martha Stewart on television. Here's another one. The following is an excerpt from the opening of her show yesterday. I recorded it and typed what she said verbatim, with the exception of a few uhs and ums. The comments in parentheses are my thoughts as I'm watching this touching little dog tribute.

"I think all of you have heard this already. There was a tragic propane tank explosion at the Pazazz Pet Boarding Kennel in Carbon County, PA. (Actually no. My satellite provider does not offer the 24 hour All Dogs News Network.) And it resulted in the death of at least 17, probably a few more dogs. Among those who perished was Paw Paw's grandson, Ghenghis Khan who I picked to become one of my own dogs. (Who is Paw Paw?) And fortunately Karen Tracy the co-owner and trusted Chow breeder of the kennel did not sustain any injuries, but her home was very badly damaged. (Well, praise God that she is not injured.) She is currently living with her brother nearby. I spoke with Karen yesterday and she told me that three of her Chows are at the veterinarian in intensive care. I think two more died yesterday of injuries. But the good news is that there are still a few dogs remaining from Paw Paw's lineage, and I'm very grateful for that. Paw Paw was such a great dog. (Oh, Martha! That's great. We need to keep breeding lots and lots of dogs, especially dogs with bloodlines from a dog that was special enough to be owned by you. It's not like thousands of dogs are being euthanized everyday because nobody wants them.) Despite the horrific tragedy, Karen remains hopeful and optimistic and plans to rebuild her kennels. (By the way, what happened to the driver of the propane tanker? I'm sure he's okay, since you haven't mentioned him yet.) So I'd like to wish a speedy recovery, also to Timothy Kleinhagen, who was the truck driver who was delivering the propane that somehow exploded, and he is in critical condition since the explosion. So, anyway (SO, ANYWAY?!?) - Timothy courageously attempted to remove the dogs from harm's way before narrowly escaping very serious tragedy himself. (You mean he's still not out of the woods, and will probably spend several months in the hospital undergoing painful rehabilitation? Well, that sucks. But at least he saved some of your precious dogs.) So, Karen wanted me to tell you how touched and grateful she is by the tremendous outpouring from the public. Yada, yada, yada, blah, blah, blah..."

Please don't misunderstand me. I'm not a dog hater. Dogs are great. And I was actually sympathetic as I watched and listened to her outpouring of sadness and regret about the loss of her puppy and the other dogs. That is, until she mentioned a HUMAN BEING who is in intensive care as a result of this tragedy almost as an afterthought! Give me a freaking break! If you check out her blog, there are more tributes to dogs past and present with lots of pictures, and approximately one sentence devoted to the man who risked his life in an attempt to save them. Ridiculous! Almost as ridiculous as that stupid woman who publicly mourned the loss of her pet chimp while her friend clings to life in the hospital with her face torn off. (But don't get me started...)

18 comments:

Koffijah said...

Hi Katdish,

I'm with you on this dog/human thing!

Hey, I was wondering... have you been to the Koffi House lately? Haven't heard from you in a while. Hope you are doing okay.

Koffijah

Nick the Geek said...

See, Martha is Evil. I believe that when Martha, Wal-Mart and Barney join forces the end is come.

So anyway, it is sad that people elevate animals to higher than humans, but I think it is especially sad the way people spend millions on breading dogs when dogs are killed everyday. Most of these dogs will be less temperamental and healthier over their lives because of a complete lack of inbreeding.

Why do the same people that so greatly desire inbred dogs consider all country folk to be inbred simpletons?

♥ Kathy said...

I have never liked Martha Stewart. Truly.

Annie K said...

Timothy who?

From what I've read, Martha doesn't have high regard for anyone but herself. But that could be gossip or rumor...

Not a fan of her at all. Or chows.

Helen said...

I have never been a Martha Stewart fan. I resent the whole "it is so easy to..." attitude. She has people setting things up, buying what she needs to complete the project, and lying prostrate in wait of her next command. Of course it is easy for her!

I went looking for some SNL parodies of her, which were really funny, but I couldn't find any. Instead I have sent you a Conan interview where she is seriously messed up. Enjoy.

Shark Bait said...

Hey!!

Animals are people too!!

If you cut us, do we not bleed? Or at least ooze slime all over your fish knife?

<-SB><

sherri said...

Maybe she'll bring him a plate of her homemade delectable cookies to the hospital.

Nah, she'll probably make homemade dog treats for the injured dogs.

I love dogs too, but yeah, it's a bit twisted.

my veri word is : basil.

On a Martha Stewart post.

Beth said...

People have souls.

Dogs are...well, they're just dogs. I love my dog. She even carries a huge sentimental value to me because she used to belong to Frank's awesome grandma who passed away from cancer 3 years ago, but please. Still a dog. Poops in my laundry room and thinks someone is at the house when a doorbell rings on TV....

I think if I had a TV show it would be canceled very quickly because I would focus on human suffering and no one wants to see that...

Ahem.

Jude said...

Dogs are blindly loyal. They follow you around, lick you to no end, and think you hung the moon.

Is there any wonder that a woman with Martha's tremendous ego would be more concerned with a dog than a free-thinking, independent man???

I think she got out of prison early just because they didn't have a prison cell that could contain her ego for a longer length of time. I can't imagine what the prison guards who like to pound inmates into submission did with her...they probably all chipped in to bribe the system to let her out early.

You've probably guessed by now that I'm not the president of her fan club.

Christy said...

I can't stand Martha Stewart. There, I feel much better now, thanks!

Wendy said...

Thank God that Paw Paw's bloodline is safe! I just don't think I could bear to live in a world where there were no overpriced dogs. Afterall, we wouldn't want just any old generic dog, right Martha?

Beth said...

Okay I came back and that picture is cracking me up. I bet you $100 she reads to her dogs.

jasonS said...

It reminds me of those commercials with Sarah McLachlan where she begs for money to help pets with "in the arms of the angels" in the background. I love pets, but people are dying everywhere and you're raising money (and spending tons, I'm sure, on adverts) to help out some dogs. So messed up.

Where are our priorities?

Candace Jean July 16 said...

Going through a tough time getting ready to lose my beloved Lucky - a mutt rescued from a farm 14+ years ago. But Martha has now given all dogs a bad name. I can't imagine she'd even want dog hair in her kitchen. But then her "people" probably clean up after him. I just use my cat.

I do, however, make my own dog food, but I'm sure Martha would deem it underseasoned. I only do it out of necessity, and only for a short while more :(

texasshawn said...

I'm one of those weirdo's that treats her animals like children, but all 6 (3 cats, 3 dogs) are rescues.
We were treated like idiots when we had our Lab spayed instead of letting her have a litter, but it was okay for her former owner to want to put her down, because she isn't perfect.

Martha can keep her over-bred chows. I prefer my imperfect fur kids, and I'll use the money we've saved to help humans.

Marni said...

Nick, I don't want to alarm you, but in their own little way, Martha, Wal-Mart and Barney are already collaborating. Start praying...

Martha is a waste of good Land's End clothing. I agree with Helen that she enjoys making people feel bad by admonishing them about how "easy" it is to do what she does.

You should check out that show where Martha's daughters make fun of her. It's a good thing...

Nick the Geek said...

Marni,

Well time for me to go buy a picket sign and write then end is at hand grow a patchy beard (when I'm really good at) and work on my muttering.

Lianne said...

I am feeling it, Kat, for real! I'm not sure why I ever felt the need to subscribe to her recipe/craft newsletters. I never have seen anything there that was unpretentious enough for me to (a)want to make or (b) reasonable for me to find the ingredients/needed parts for assemblage. Who eats foie gras anyhow? No quiche for me!