Pet rocks, except they eat

Which, to my way of thinking, makes the rocks preferable:

Some college girl claims she was told to flush her “emotional support gerbil” by an airline employee. She did it. My first thought — a comfort gerbil? Give me a break. This is getting out of hand. If you cannot bear to part with your gerbil, peacock, snake, cat, prairie dog, wolverine, or even dog, then drive. In your own car. Maybe my trusty handgun provides me with emotional support. How about that?

I tend to side with George F. Will:

[T]he proliferation of emotional-support animals suggests that a cult of personal fragility is becoming an aspect of the quest for the coveted status of victim. The cult is especially rampant at colleges and universities, which increasingly embrace the therapeutic mission of assuaging the anxieties of the emotionally brittle. There, puppies are deployed to help students cope with otherwise unbearable stresses, such as those caused by final exams or rumors of conservatism.

Now I’m okay with, for example, Linus van Pelt’s blanket; it seems almost autonomous at times, but you can be sure it will never growl at anyone or crap on their shoes.


  1. fillyjonk »

    10 February 2018 · 3:22 pm

    I wonder if an Emotional Comfort Rock would work for anyone other than Maud Pie, though?

    (I suppose for some women, a large diamond or ruby works as an Emotional Comfort Rock….)

  2. McGehee »

    10 February 2018 · 5:12 pm

    I need the kind of emotional support I can only get from stacks and stacks of little cotton-paper portraits of Ben Franklin.

  3. Dan T. »

    10 February 2018 · 5:37 pm

    My condo’s strict no-pets policy has become just about meaningless due to the profusion of “support” animals they’ve been compelled to allow.

  4. Holly H »

    12 February 2018 · 8:18 am

    Does anybody else feel disgust at the human who used an animal for “emotional support” and then FLUSHED the poor creature down a toilet ( a most traumatic death, I’m sure)? And just because someone else “made her do it”. grrrrrrrrrr.

    She should never be allowed to own an animal again.

  5. nightfly »

    12 February 2018 · 10:22 am

    Quite a lot of disgust about it here, Holly. The poor thing.

    Animals have long been emotional heat sinks for humanity, yet somehow it’s only recently that folks have decided that it’s a substitute for actual coping skills, rather than a supplement.

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