Whip it Good?

I am continually saddened by the insensitivity of the media. Today, I’m both angered and appalled by comments made by Miles O’Brien on CNN yesterday regarding the loss of Westminster Whippet, Bohem C’est La Vie or Vivy.

Here is a snippet of his comments:

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The worst part is that she’s out here and she’s scared and cold. And we hope she’s not hurt.

WALTON (?): I just want the dog back. It’s just scary.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

O’BRIEN: Now maybe Vivy wanted to get straight, go forward, move ahead, try to detect it. It’s not too late to whip it. Whip it good.

VERJEE: That woke me up.

O’BRIEN: Are we not men. We are Devo.

If you have any information about the dog, if you’re in the swamp land up there and you happen to find a Whippet, call the cops, all right, and 911, I guess, or something.

The entire transcript can be found here

I find this incredibly disturbing. As someone who views my dogs as members of the family, this smacks of making jokes about missing children. I’m appalled.

I think the piece that people are missing is that this may very well be a show dog, but Vivy is also someones loved one… show some consideration for the feelings of these folks.

The airport lost Vivy. According to her Mum, she secured the crate herself and you would have to really work to unhook it. Is it possible that it wasn’t latched? Sure. But not likely.

Do you fly your dogs?

The New York Times Reports:

Since the Department of Transportation began collecting statistics in July to comply with the Congressional Safe Air Travel for Animals Act, there have been 22 deaths, 17 injuries and 4 losses reported.

These stats aren’t horrible, but I’m a bit of a control freak.

What do you think? Do you fly your critters? What do you think of Miles O’Briens comments? Tell Miles what you think at this link. If you are as offended as I am, spread the word… tell CNN and tell your friends.