Gut Rumbles

August 29, 2003

One of my dogs

I once had a dog that would drink straight tequila. He was a white mixed-breed that my room-mates and I adopted from a neighbor. His name was "Honky."

He had the misfortune of living with three college students who smoked a lot of dope and thought a drunken dog was funny as hell to watch. We would fire up a couple of joints and pour some Jose Cuervo into a bowl for the dog. The dog would lap it, bark, then lap some more, bark some more and repeat until the bowl was empty. Then, we would give him a shotgun or two of reefer.

The dog's ass always got drunk before his front end did.

He would attempt to walk across the room and his back legs would just quit on him. He would fall on his ass and look at his butt in amazement. The front legs remained functional, so the dog pretended to be sitting there as if he MEANT to assume that position. His tongue was hanging out and his eyes were glazed, but he attempted to maintain a pretense of doggy dignity.

Then, his head would nod a couple of times, the front legs went into Sudden Failure Mode and the dog hit the floor asleep in a puddle of doggy-drool. He always was surly the next morning after a Hard Party night, but he never refused a bowl of tequila.

Honky got hit by a truck and died in the spring of 1974. He saw a cat on the other side of Sullivan Street and didn't stop to look both ways when he went after it. The dog was sober at the time, but he was dead as a doornail after the truck hit him.

Honky was a good dog.


Abuse of animals is very often an indication of future physical abuse, usually of children. This admission is not a good sign, although it provides you an opportunity to seek help from mental health professionals.

I urge you to do so without delay. As a psychotherapist myself, I can confidently tell you that the longer the unresolved anger and hatred goes untreated, the more likely violent behavior will erupt down the line.

Do not allow personal shame to deflect you frm seeking treatment. A high percentage of people are the victims of verbal aggression, and unlike those physically abused, go without any protection.

They live with anger, fear, and guilt. If one hears occasional verbal abuse it may not seem significant, but it can become toxic! Many diseases are known to be stress related including depression and heart disease.

Verbal abuse is language that?s harmful to one?s spirit. As I listen to clients share this deep hurt, I realize that severe chronic stress has damaged both body and mind. Often the victims are just relieved that there is no physical abuse.

They feel that they are just "too sensitive" so their emotional reactions are their own fault. Sometimes they don?t even realize this verbal abuse underlies the cause of their own misery. It has become a lifestyle in which they have become accustomed.

Verbal abuse of the sort you perpetrate here is at the root of physical violence. When I worked as an intern school counselor, I saw how other children hurt others with their words. Often they thought it was humorous, and could not understand why the victim took it so seriously. I reminded those children, as I am now telling you that if the other person isn?t laughing, it isn?t funny!

Children learn to think it is permissible to cause other?s pain, and even become callous about others? suffering. That's why I fear for your children.

Verbal abusers are dependent on the attention they get from their victims. It is their "fix." Verbal abusers need a participant. It becomes a codependent situation. This behavior actually rewards the abuser.

The origins of verbal abuse begin in our homes. Children are not held responsible for the pain they inflict on brothers and sisters because it?s just "normal" sibling rivalry. If children can?t take the teasing, they are seen as wimps or sissies--or as you put it, "asshats," "asswits," etc.

Your ability to extend your abuse via the Internet is merely a manifestation of your need to express your anger and rage at others. That you take the time to reply to those who attempt to defend themselves from your verbal abuse is an indication of the depth of your unresolved conflict. Deflecting your rage onto others by verbally abusing them may momentarily make you feel relieved, but in fact, it does nothing to resolve the underlying psychological problems.

Those who warn you to avoid passing on the anger, rage and abusive behavior to your children are actually helping your children.

You, in the psychological state you're in now inevitably will be a bad influence on your children.

Posted by: Bess on August 29, 2003 12:56 PM

I once had dog that was an alky, and his final day was spent in a bar while I was at work..

Some folks got him drunk, and he walked out into traffic. He was a fine dog up 'til then.

His death was not in vain - he taught me so much. For instance, I've never wandered drunkenly into traffic at precisely the wrong moment.

He also taught me that if I wag my tail just so, the bitches will be impressed.

Oh, and by the way, in reference to the concerned psychologist above. Owning a dog who likes a cocktail or three does not neccessarily doom one to future of ritual abusiveness. I never even spanked any of my 3 kids, and they do just dandy (One just got back from conquering a mideastern shithole)

Just for the record, neither of the two mutts now residing with me have a drinking problem, but if they asked for a beer, I'd give it to them. As long as alcohol does not impair their lives - such as missing work, missing the bowl, wrecking the car and sleeping around, etc. - they are quite old and mature enough to imbibe.

BTW - they *loved* the cat recipe recently posted - it looks like I'll have to do a little shopping at the pound this weekend! Can anyone suggest an appropriate wine?

Posted by: Texdriver on August 29, 2003 01:23 PM

Bejus! You want to know why I believe that shrinks a fulla shit? Just read that first comment

I was 21 years old when THREE OF US had Honky for a pet. That's tells you one hell of a lot about my propensity for child abuse now, doesn't it, Bess?

Get back on your broom and fly away, dingbat.

Posted by: Acidman on August 29, 2003 01:37 PM

Jeez that preachy one reads like some sort of form letter.

Posted by: tomaig on August 29, 2003 03:00 PM

Who DOESN'T do dumb wierd shit when they are in their early 20s? Sheesh.

Posted by: Marc on August 29, 2003 04:36 PM

I had a black lab when I was in the Army in Texas. That dog would STEAL beers and carry them off, or just knock 'em over and lap 'em up off the floor. I had to give him to the guys in the motor pool, cuz I couldn't afford his habits.

Posted by: SwampWoman on August 29, 2003 06:27 PM

Sounds like that *shrink* is projecting her own *shit* on you and everyone else.

Posted by: Jaydee on August 29, 2003 06:28 PM


You oughta open up a bait shop.

(A troll bait shop!)


Posted by: DavidB on August 29, 2003 08:04 PM

If psychiatry were a real science, and the things they believe real knowledge, they would actually cure the behaviors they erroneously classify as diseases, rather than relegating their patients, so-called, to a lifetime of treatment.

One of the worst effects of this (in)discipline's rise to prominence in the twentieth century has been their success in destroying the dignity of millions of people by convincing so many that a person's actual utterances are not what they really mean.

Doctors, my cracker ass.

Posted by: Brett on August 29, 2003 09:08 PM

I read as far as BESS! Well FUCK YOU, you have not a CLUE,so take your TECNO bable and shuv it up your arssss! Come get her not ME! What the fuck is wrong with people these days?

Posted by: Jennifer on August 30, 2003 03:05 AM

The lesser of two evils is still evil.

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