‘Slate’ upset about people’s reaction to photo of dog near George H.W. Bush’s casket

It really is unbelievable what upsets some people. Whether it be a song on the radio or a television program or whatever, sometimes it’s best to just let things go.

However, liberal publication “Slate” just could not do that when it came to the photo of “Sully” near the casket of the recently-deceased former President George H.W. Bush.

Check out the photo, posted by H.W. spokesperson Jim McGrath on Twitter:

Innocent enough, right? The photo apparently caused many to have an emotional reaction to the photo, seemingly showing the dedication and grief of a companion to the loss of its master and friend.

Well, if you felt that way, according to Slate, you are incredibly wrong and pretty stupid.

First, the article begins by telling us that Sully had only been around for six months and not Bush’s entire life. I’ve yet to hear of a dog that has lived to be 94 years old, but ok.

Here are just a few excerpts of the insanely petty article:

There’s nothing wrong with applying sentimentality when it comes to family pets reacting to their owners’ deaths. There’s even some preliminary evidence from the small field of “comparative thanatology” that animals notice death, and that some may even experience an emotion we might compare to grief. But Sully is not a longtime Bush family pet, letting go of the only master he has known. He is an employee who served for less than six months.

It continues:

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 lay 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?


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