Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Sad Touching Pet Stories

THE BIG THING: We've all read them. Stories about pets that leave us with leaky eyes. Sad stories, inspirational stories, happy stories. Most of the time, the stories are true.

Sometimes they aren't...

There is one going around this month that isn't true. It's about Reggie, a black lab who is adopted from a shelter and is about to be returned there. Then the adoptive owner remembers the sealed letter from the former owner. You can read the whole story HERE. The snopes site also discusses the research they did.

Whenever I read stories like these that sound a bit "too good", I always check at snopes.com. They research these things carefully. Sadly, this one seems to be invented...

Now it is true, as snopes points out, "that the story may not be literal truth does not prevent it from being figurative truth. Those who serve overseas do so at the cost of great personal sacrifice. A tale such as this - literal truth or not - serves to remind us all of how much they give and how much we owe them."

I have no doubt that some soldiers and civilians who serve overseas do indeed leave cherished pets behind with family, surrender their pets to shelters or to strangers. And some do not return to see their cherished friends again.

But I seriously wish that people would not invent such stories and spread them around. There is enough real sadness in true stories...

11 comments:

Shadow / Molly said...

There is nothing more rampant in this internet world than stories made up - for whatever reason's they were invented. Sadly, it hurts worse when folks believe these stories. I like snopes and always use them when something seems just not true or unbelievable.

The Mom, Laure

Cory said...

It's sad to think that someone would bother to make up this sad story when real true sad stories happen every single day.

Cheysuli and gemini said...

Sometimes they just want some attention--without realizing that they are actually hurting those that do have those heart wrenching stories. We hope that too many will not be disillusioned when this comes out.

Alasandra said...

I know one local rescue refused to let milatry personnel adopt, which I thought was unfair but they were afraid of the pets being reliquised if they were sent overseas.

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Glad you wrote this. We get really frustrated with getting so many stories that aren't true and when we send a snopes or truthorfiction link, the person just says, So? That's one of our pet peeves.

Derby said...

Mum read it and got really leaky eyed. Then she did a little research and found it really wasn't true.

But a good sad story, but that a story.

Cat with a Garden said...

We didn't read the story and probably won't go to. The problem with these "perfectly" sad stories is that they set a strange standard for real life tragedies.

Freya's Staff said...

I'm glad you check snopes too! I always get a strange look when I check internet "stories"!

The Island Cats said...

Thanks for setting the record straight...we read this story and while it could've been true, it did seem a little over the top....

Purrageous Pirates said...

We posted it on our blog but we only posted it as a story and never said it was true. To be honest, we never thought it was true, just a nice story that we found touching. We did not mean to offend anyone. We're going to delete it right now. Sorry.

Karen Jo said...

I also wish that people wouldn't make up stories like this. It takes away from the true sad stories and makes people more suspicious and cynical.