Tuesday, March 20, 2012


Do you guys remember my dog Snickers?  You can sometimes hear him barking in the background of my older Nancy Drew videos, because he thought the sound effects were real.

Snickers died on February 28th, at the age of eleven years and three months.

In an odd coincidence, I was reading a British book earlier that day, and the author started talking about how animals are not rational creatures.  Animals don't have intelligence, at least, not in the same way that humans do.  When we say, "good dog" or "bad dog", we don't mean that the dog has somehow learned about morality.  We mean that the dog has been trained to act the way we want it to, which is basic animal psychology.

I really liked that argument, which came complete with the funny story of an old lady who croons over her precious little darling, even though the dog is clearly one of the most annoying creatures alive.  People seem to have a blind spot when their pets are involved.  I think Hagrid said that in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

In any case, Snickers is dead now, so there are no more pets for me, except my boss' cat Julie, who has recently started sleeping on my bed all day long.  She must think the bed belongs to her, because she doesn't like it when I try to use it.


L said...

Awww, I remember Snickers. I'm sorry. It really hurts to lose a pet. -hug-

That's funny about Julie sleeping in your bed now and not liking when you're in it too. ;)

Anonymous said...

its never fun to lose a pet. my pomeranian died on christmas eve night

Junecat said...

Poor Snikers, hope he died in peace and had a good burial.

well, it seems like you're getting along with Julie.

Anonymous said...

Aww...Snickers...you shall be missed.

Whenever one of my pets dies, it's almost like a basic element of the universe has sudddenly changed. Like, "What? I didn't know that could happen..."

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry for your loss! Maybe Julie senses your sorrow and is trying to comfort you.

...Or maybe she just likes your bed.

Zelda said...

Aww, Snickers... :( <3

Moriah said...

Awwww Poor Snickers! I know how it feels to have a pet die our family dog Blondie died two months ago. She was 10 years old , she was a good girl! =( we have her burried in our backyard.

-Moriah P.S. R.I.P Snickers & our family dog Blondie I hope you both have a good time in dog heaven!<3 (thats a heart for both our dogs Micheal.)

Justice said...

Awww, so sorry to hear that, Michael. :( I hope it was of natural causes. Our family used to have a dog, and though she's been gone for 2 1/2 years (from cancer), I still miss her.

It's nice to hear that Julie's been keeping you company -- if not in the most helpful way. Ah, cats. Frustrating (yet loveable) creatures.

Anonymous said...

Yeah my cat was close to death and rebounded. I am happy I didn't have to go through that loss. Anyway, I shall pray for your loss and I bet you are devastated. I sure would be! I am sure lil Snickers will be in heaven! (If scripture says so, which is indecisive sometimes).

Anonymous said...

Michael, I'm so sorry to hear about Snickers. I remember hearing him bark during important parts of the game, it always made me laugh. I'm sad to hear of his passing. He lived a long, good life.

Kira said...

Snickers! I didn't realize he was that old. O_O In any case, I'm sorry for his recent death, and I know how you feel. Although I've always been more of a cat person, I was heartbroken the day our family cat Sonny died when I was eight. We seem to have soft spots for some of the least intelligent creatures sometimes. I will always love my pets. :-)

Anonymous said...

Our prayers go to your dog.

Anonymous said...

We also had a neighbor whose dog died. The owner had to go to Florida for so long that the dog missed him so much and practically became a masochist: wouldn't eat at all!

She died.

I was heartbroken, even if it wasn't my dog.

My brother and I know more than one person with dead dogs: our cousin's dog died of old age. My dog is with her now; she needs the dog more. Least I adopted a stray cat (never tried to bite me! Woo-hoo!)

I mean, I hope Snickers R.I.P.s.
Play Yesterday by Switchfoot to commemorate him.

The Red Wolf said...

Dear Michael,
You have my deepest sympathies. I myself have a dog and he is getting older. He is my best friend and I fear the day he too will pass. I'm sorry for your loss.

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh,i'm sooo sorry 2 hear that i remeber snickers from yor walkthroughs.man that so sad.at least julie will make u better.1 time me and my family got 2 kittens 1 4 me and 1 4 my sister.but a few days later my got sick and died i was sooo upset.i cried myself 2 sleep and i cried myself awake.i couldnt believe what happen she was only a baby.but my family said God sent her 2 me cuz He knew that i'll take care of her b4 she died.well anyway my sister's (which is my cat now,and my sister got another cat)created a bond.she was helping me get over it.

Anonymous said...

Aw..... RIP Snickers


Awwwwww I am really sorry to hear that Michael, I know it is tough to lose a pet at any age, I still vaguely remember when we lost my dog Samantha a.k.a Sam when I was three years old! I know he will live in our memories forever and I know you treasure the times you two spent together, be blessed my friend.

Athena said...

Poor Snickers! =(!
I feel your pain as if it were mine.

Celeste said...

Oh I feel soooo sorry for your loss!! My dog died at the age of 5 years old. I bet he had the best life with you and your family. You can get another pet but you will never forget him, and we won't to!!! :)

Kara said...

Awww, I'm so sorry to hear Snickers died. That's so sad. :'(

Lily said...

Rest in peaceful slumber, Snickers.

And may all Argle fans around the world ever remember thy loyal, faithful dog when they bite into a Snicker's bar!

Anonymous said...

im sorry, Micheal! i know how you feel. i had a dog for ten years and she just passed away last year. it hurts losing a pet.

Anime Girl said...

NUUUUUUU!!!!!! NOT SNICKERS!!!!! ;A; WAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I wuved that doggie!!! NUUUUU HUUUU HUUUUU!!!!! I'm so sorry for your loss!! D':

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