This picture of George H.W. Bush’s service dog Sully went viral on social media yesterday.
— Jim McGrath (@jgm41) December 3, 2018
You can understand why.
It is a beautiful image that speaks of the loyalty and love that service dogs bring to those who need them.
And anyone with a dog – or anyone made of human parts – would naturally be moved by this.
Which might explain why some bitter cat lady from Slate was not.
Imagine being this much of a dick. https://t.co/bA7UG3xVWf
— Bridget Phetasy (@BridgetPhetasy) December 4, 2018
Needless to say, the bitter cat lady from Slate got dragged for this wholly unnecessary and snotty post. Check out this well-deserved ratio.
The fact is, there are people who actually see it as their mission to crap all over anything that bridges our bitter political divide.
Even if that means attacking Sully.
Personally, I can’t fathom being that bitter.
And just like that image of Sully brought all of social media together as one, so too did the disgust for this bitter piece.
Ruth Graham (said bitter cat lady who penned this poison pill) apparently wasn’t prepared for how the unwashed masses responded to her need to be a social media kill-joy.
Sorry for "bringing you down" from the … joy … of imagining a dog was grieving? https://t.co/SQOe7FiGEs
— Ruth Graham (@publicroad) December 4, 2018
Oh, honey. Have you never heard the saying “let sleeping dogs lie?”
Apparently the outsized ratio of the Slate tweet wasn’t enough for her. Because that snotty tweet has quite a ratio as well.
And, yeah. The column is as snotty as the tweet makes it sound.
It’s wonderful for Bush that he had a trained service animal like Sully available to him in his last months. It’s a good thing that the dog is moving on to another gig where he can be helpful to other people (rather than becoming another Bush family pet). But it’s a bit demented to project soul-wrenching grief onto a dog’s decision to lie down in front of a casket. Is Sully “heroic” for learning to obey the human beings who taught him to perform certain tasks? Does the photo say anything special about this dog’s particular loyalty or judgment, or is he just … there? Also, if dogs are subject to praise for obeying their masters, what do we do about the pets who eat their owners’ dead (or even just passed-out) bodies?
The photograph, in other words, is not proof that Sully is a particularly “good boy” or that “we don’t deserve dogs,” as countless swooning tweets put it on Monday. On its own, it says almost nothing other than the fact that Sully was, at one point in the same room as the casket of his former boss. This is simply a photograph of a dog doing something dogs love to do: Lie down. The frenzy around it captures something humans love to do, too: Project our own emotional needs onto animals.
Who thinks like this?
Well, apparently a bitter cat lady from Slate.
It’s rare on social media to find something heartwarming and uplifting that all sides of the political spectrum can universally appreciate. Mostly because Twitter is by design a cesspool of division, anger and bitterness.
As Instapundit (AKA Glenn Reynolds) explained in his USA Today column Why I deleted my Twitter account:
In fact, if you set out to design a platform that would poison America’s discourse and its politics, you’d be hard pressed to come up with something more destructive than Twitter.
Boy, if that ain’t the truth.
It’s almost as if the bitter cat lady from Slate set out to prove Reynolds right.
Did this idiot see all the warm fuzzies over this loyal dog and said, “Good gracious! Why hasn’t anyone lifted her leg and pissed all over this yet?! Quick! To the cat-mobile!”
But, as they say, every party needs a pooper that why we are stuck with Slate.
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