Am I the only one who's ready to call BS on recent coverage of bad parent-and-pet stories?
I mean, if Gardenia Johansson had better publicists, maybe her story would be that she was just trying to protect her baby's toes by taking the dog into Nieman Marcus.
And Houston's Restaurant.
After all, it's not like she left her kid parked in a stroller on the sidewalk while she went into a restaurant. Or went down to lunch while the kid slept in her room at the Waldorf-Astoria. Because that'd be crazy.
On the less trivial subject of the Hansches, the young Louisiana parents who have been locked in a maximum security prison for eight days on a misdemeanor charge because 22-year-olds who drag mattresses into the living room to watch TV sometimes have trouble posting $100,000 bond...
It seems that for every call of concern about the 1-month-old baby whose toes got chewed off, officials have been fielding 10 calls about the puppy suspected of doing the chewing. The hospital has received no calls about the kid.
"[They say], 'Oh, we feel so sorry for this dog,' [Bossier City police chief Mike] Halphen said today. 'Why don't they feel sorry for the child? Why don't they send get-well letters to the child and quit worrying about this freakin' dog?'"
CNN harpy Nancy Grace devoted most of her show to the dog's fate, too, but it's to be expected; so far, the only available video footage for the story has been of the shivering puppy.
And anyway, it was probably the full-grown ferret, not the puppy, who did it, which would explain the reports of variations in the parents' stories.
What's the point here? I'm not ready to go to the mat for either European ditzes who drive around upscale suburbs [sic] all day shopping, or hillbillies and their weird, child-unfriendly, hillbilly pets. But I can tell a self-righteous, self-serving dogpile when I see it. It just may take a few days.
Couple whose baby injured by animal seeks bond reduction [ktbs.com]
'Why don't they send get-well letters to the child?' [ktbs.com]
Some wonder if ferret, not puppy, gnawed off baby's toes [shreveporttimes.com]
Previously: Who gets a puppy right after having a baby??