August 27, 2004

Pets and Property

I've long argued that pets are more than mere property and are closer to family members. I think this man would agree with me.
GAINESVILLE, Florida (AP) -- A man jumped in a pond and stabbed a 6-foot alligator with a pocketknife to force the reptile to release his dog from its jaws.

Matthew Goff, 29, said he was walking Sugar, a tan-colored bloodhound/Shar-Pei mix, in a park when the attack occurred Wednesday evening. The unleashed dog wandered to the edge of the pond, and the gator grabbed its head.

The gator released Sugar when Goff stabbed the reptile in the eye. The dog then ran home, escaping with three teeth marks on and about her head. Goff had a few scratches.
I'm glad Mr. Goff is okay. I am sure I would've done the same, although it's OBVIOUSLY not the common sense choice. 'Course my dog would've been on a leash...


Posted by hln at August 27, 2004 10:01 AM | Animals | TrackBack

But I would have done the same if an alligator had gotten a hold of my Clint Eastwood DVD collection.

Posted by: Brian J. at August 27, 2004 02:20 PM

Yeah, leash was the first thing that popped into my head too when I heard this on the news. It always astounds me how many people just insist that their dog doesn't need a leash... Sheesh. I hope this guy learned his lesson - but probably not. *sigh*

Posted by: Teresa at August 30, 2004 05:23 PM

What's wrong with pets being 'mere property?'

Obviously, as Brian points out, simply having passion for them doesn't make them more or less than property.

But I don't see why you have so little regard for property. Maybe I'm one of those who regard MINE as holy.

Posted by: Flibbertigibbet at August 30, 2004 06:44 PM

I'm fond of my property, but my spice rack and Aurora (youngest cat) have different rank, s'all.


Posted by: hln at August 31, 2004 08:03 AM

I second the leash, and the "I'd have done it too" thoughts for my cats... they are family, not replaceable objects.

Posted by: Amie at August 31, 2004 12:30 PM