An Article on Slate got the internet buzzing for going after the service dog who accompanied former President George H.W. Bush during the final months of his life.
Sully , the President's service dog, was photographed and it was shared by their spokesman Jim McGrath went viral of the golden Labrador laying next to Bush’s casket with the caption "Mission complete." The tweet is posted below.
However, Slate staff writer Ruth Graham of Slate.com says that Sully was getting more attention than the pooch deserved.
"It's wonderful for Bush that he had a trained service animal like Sully available to him in his last months. It's a good thing that the dog is moving on to another gig where he can be helpful to other people (rather than becoming another Bush family pet), but it's a bit demented to project soul-wrenching grief onto a dog's decision to lay down in front of a casket. Is Sully 'heroic' for learning to obey the human beings who taught him to perform certain tasks? Does the photo say anything special about this dog's particular loyalty or judgment, or is he just … there? Also, if dogs are subject to praise for obeying their masters, what do we do about the pets who eat their owners’ dead (or even just passed-out) bodies?"
WHAT!?! We shouldn't praise this service dog because other dogs have eaten dead people . She continues.
"The photograph, in other words, is not proof that Sully is a particularly 'good boy' or that 'we don't deserve dogs,' as countless swooning tweets put it on Monday. On its own, it says almost nothing other than the fact that Sully was, at one point in the same room as the casket of his former boss. This is simply a photograph of a dog doing something dogs love to do: Lie down. The frenzy around it captures something humans love to do, too: Project our own emotional needs onto animals."
I'm glad we are using the passing of the 41st President of the United States to come together as a nation. Bleh.