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'Destructive pets' in METRO

METRO is a widely-read free daily newspaper available in NYC (though it purports world-wide circulation as well).  The following article appeared yesterday, Jan. 20:

'Destructive pets (that aren't yours)'

by Kate Schumaecker


Q: I love my roommate but I came home the other day and her dog had peed on my white couch for, like the 10th time.  My stuff is getting ruined!

A: First of all, white couches are for grownups.  Lassie and Benji are adorable roaming on their 10 acres of grassy fields on television, but in a 400-sq foot apartment, they tend to seek revenge for their lack of space.

Don't get me wrong, I love animals.  The only pet I ever had was a tiny salamander that ran away a few weeks ago (maybe you've seen him?  Orange, 2 inches long; his name is Pumpkin).  My roommate's cat, however, learned who was boss after my Jello shot party, while he was stuck to the floor; his little feet making little suction noises (fyi: Jello shots are alcohol - KB) that accompanied the sound of his yowling as he desperately tried to get to the futon.  

My futon.

If you desire to move in with a pet, and its not going well, you can't sprinkle Comet in the dog chow or 'accidentally' leave the window open, but you can keep your stuff in your room.


letters to the editor: [email protected], preferably 100 wds or less.  Inc name and contact info.  Some points to cover: maybe the 'destructive' dog isn't being walked enough; her salamander didn't 'run away' - due to her negligence this poor being is starving under the refrigerator or a floor board (and its certainly not funny as she implies); her list of what you 'can't do' to the animals isn't funny either.

Also cc the writer and the editor:

Writer Kate Schumaecker: [email protected]  

Editor Mark Moore:  [email protected]  

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