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I once invented a brilliant game - I'd sit at the top of the stairs and throw cat biscuits to the bottom. My cat would eat them, then I'd shake the box, and he would run up the stairs for more biscuits. Then - of course - I'd throw a biscuit back down to the bottom. I kept this going for about half an hour, amused at my little game, and all was fine until the cat vomited. I felt absolutely dreadful.

Have you accidentally been cruel to an animal?
This question has been revived from way, way, way back on the b3ta messageboard when it was all fields round here.

(, Thu 6 Dec 2007, 11:13)
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I have teargassed a dog, only to find...
Whilst living in a former communist country -I will not name it to protect myself-, I was wandering back home to my flat in the suburbs of Warsaw (oh dear) on a very foggy night. Should you know Warsaw, you may remember the large private car parks patrolled by insatiable alsatians and fat thuggish security guards. And the unbelievable Russian Market where you may, some say, buy guns. I played safe and bought a couple of little cans of tear gas.
Anyhoo, I was merrily drunk and had, in my pocket, my CS gas just in case any trouble came my way. Which it did, with a bark and a mad scampering of claws on the tarmac of the car park right next to me. "Oh crikey, here comes a bloody mauling" I think, and whip out the teargas.

It went like this -
1. Lock onto the sound of the approaching fangs of death in the murk
2. See the wild-eyed hound about four metres away
3. Spray gas at the fucker
4. Feel great about the skidding, yelping and now fully humbled guard dog now running very quickly away from me
5. Notice for the first time the massive chainlink fence running the whole length of the car park
6. Feel pretty bad for unnecessarily gassing a dog
7. Home for a guilty chuckle (that is not a euphemism)

Cruel to an over-enthusiastic guard dog? Teaching the irritating barky thing a lesson? Cutting short a promising guarding career and sending it straight to the Retirement Homeski for Polski Dogs?
I no longer mind...

My length is metric. My ability is imperial.
(, Sun 9 Dec 2007, 6:33, Reply)

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