Most people have lost a pet in their lifetime. Even if the loss is temporary (as with me), almost everyone knows that sickening feeling when you realize your animal buddy is lost, and you, their caretaker, probably let it happen. It feels terrible. I can imagine that if you do not recover your pet it feels even more terribler. I know terribler is not a word.
Luckily for me, big fat Peaches will apparently jump happily into any stranger’s car, where she is deposited at the nearest vet. She has ventured off a handful of times but I’ve always been lucky enough to find her before I had to create a missing pet poster.
Which brings me to the subject of this blog. It seems the local weekly Westword, a paper which I have enjoyed to varying degrees over the years, has a new feature wherein their cartoonist Kenny Be finds missing pet flyers and then makes fun of them.
There’s two problems with this. The first is that Kenny Be is decidedly unfunny. His usual feature is a political cartoon where he skewers local politicians, which is precisely as funny as it sounds. It’s the drawn equivalent of ‘WHO GIVES A FUCK!’
The second problem is that this feature would never be funny. Not to anyone who has ever lost a pet, which is almost everyone. To make this idea work you would have to be incredibly clever, and have an incredibly clever idea. I’ve actually found an example of this, and you can find it here on David Thorne’s amazing website. I have no idea if Missy is actually missing, but it’s a very funny feature either way.
Here is Kenny Be’s Westword feature. Feel free to look over the three entries, and soak in the comedy. And, if you’ve made it this far in my blog, and have the time, leave a comment on there and let them know just how un-fucking-funny this feature is.