Friday, November 16, 2007

wacky Amurricans

What the hell is up with Americans and this goddamn pet-hoarding compulsion? I haven't heard of a single case of pet hoarding here in Korea. That's not to say it's never happened here, but it doesn't seem to be quite the national pastime that it is in the States.

Don't get me wrong-- I love dogs and have finally come around to liking most cats. But I'd never be twisted enough to keep thirty, sixty, or a hundred such beasts in my house. The prospect of spending my days wading through knee-deep shit, fur, and wee little corpses is enough to make my nipples belch in disgust.

Hoarders obviously need help, but what drives their compulsion?



Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Big Ho, I didn't think that you'd object to the shite!

Jeffery Hodges

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Anonymous said...

Thirty dogs is a bit excessive, but the woman who lived in our place before we moved in (my folks-in-law rented it out) owned four or five small dogs. The place smelled so badly of dog piss that extensive repairs had to be done.

The woman is not married, but she has a boyfriend who is over a lot. She lives a few houses down now. In warm weather, her dogs sometimes escape the deck and run over to our place (dogs apparently have pretty good memories). I don't mind so much because I like dogs and they're actually quite cute and affectionate. The most gregarious one will just run up, stand on the porch until I come out, then roll over in the grass and stick his feet in the air. Then he'll look at me as if to say, "Come on, scratch my belly. You know you want to."

But this is only because I don't have to live with the dogs. If I had to deal with all five running around this tiny place, pissing and crapping all over the floor, I think I might go insane. Either that or we'd be having a lot boshintang.

Oh, and if you count the people around here who keep dogs outside in kennels, five is nothing. One house down the street has to have at least a dozen dogs outside. Boy do they make a racket. I've said it before and I'll say it again: this neighborhood has way too many dogs.

Anonymous said...


I know my father, left to his own devices, would have a multitude of dogs. At one time he had three dogs, and roughly 40 birds in his aviary ... er... uh... I mean, "spare room."

"I don't know why we called him Fido, we should have called him EFFing Delicious."

I'm a TRUE animal lover... I love them best cooked until their juices have run clear and the meat pulls freely from the bone.

Jelly said...

I don't get the hoarding animals thing either. You know I love animals, and if I had the means and the space I'm sure I'd have more than one. As it is, though, in a one room apartment, Kamikaze is more than enough pet. If I didn't have him I'd probably have taken in Buddy and Circle Gay already.

My mother's friend has nineteen cats and my mom says her house isn't the most pleasant place to visit. I think she has about ten litter boxes in her laundry room. My mom says her friend does do her best to keep a clean house, but it's still fur covered and smells like cat.
Anyhow, I don't know anyone personally in Korea who has a stable of animals, but I have seen shows on TV - ususally on national Geographic late at night, where they're following some family and their ten or so indoor dogs. The homes featured are always spotless though and the pooches are totally pampered and adored.

If a woman's entering her House of Filth caked in dog shit through the window, there's surely a level of mental illness involved, I'd say. Those animals aren't being cared for well at all.