Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Yeah, People Are Strange

Talked to The Youngest tonight and, inevitably, the conversation turned to her work and the people she deals with. And she told me this story:

The clinic had to put down a cat last Friday. The owners made arrangements for the clinic to cremate the cat. However, the owners took the cat (DEAD) home for the weekend and brought it back today for the cremation. The Youngest DOESN'T want to know the answer to the question "WHY?"

Another story:

A month ago, the clinic put down a cat. The owners decided to take the cat home with them, so that it could be buried. (Against the law, but the clinic had no way of 'knowing' whether they intended to bury it in their backyard.) Anyway, The Youngest got a call from the owners today saying that they have to bring the cat back, because the ground was frozen and they couldn't bury it. Excuse me!?!?!?!?!? They live in Minnesota and they didn't know you can't dig a grave in THE MIDDLE OF THE WINTER?

Another story:

A while back, the clinic had to put a dog down. The owners knew it was going to happen and came in to be with the dog. Before they would allow the dog to be put to sleep, they 'decorated' the room with statues of saints, religious pictures and icons of all sorts, and lit candles. Then, and only then, did they allow the dog to be put down. Again, The Youngest didn't ask "WHY?"

And these people walk the same Earth I do. I think I'm scared.

8 comments:

leazwell said...

The grave next to my brother's is constantly decorated with all kinds of geegaws. I don't get it, don't want to.

meleah rebeccah said...

OMG! People are strange is RIGHT. Who brings home a dead cat - just to bring it back a few days later to be cremated?

And, even I know you cant dig a hole in the ground in Minnesota until at least MAY! It takes that long for the ground to THAW!

cmk said...

I keep telling the youngest that she and her coworkers should write a book. It would be a bestseller for many, many years. Strange, but GREAT, stories. :D

And back to the returning cat: I want to know WHY they kept the cat--I'm assuming--in their freezer for a month before realizing it couldn't be buried! Something doesn't add up. :-|

ordinaryjanet said...

Yes, a book should be written!! I'd buy it!

I suppose some people have a really hard time letting go and it comforts them to know where their deceased pet is before it's cremated or put in the ground. We've all heard stories about people whose loved ones (human beings) were supposedly cremated and they got back fireplace ashes. Who's to say that if they let someplace keep Fluffy or Fido on ice, they won't get back garbage?

meleah rebeccah said...

Now I have horrible images of dead cats stored in people's freezers in my head!

Ranger Tom said...

Shallow end of the gene pool coming out again...

Snoekie said...

People are strange- could tell you some strange tales from Africa...

cmk said...

RT: And they continue to reproduce--you would think they are too stupid to do that!

Snoekie: In every corner of the world the strange comes out...