by Charles A. Monagan
Aug 8, 2011
01:01 PMOn Connecticut
I don't know why this struck me so odd ... but I was going through the different Connecticut newspaper and media sites as I am prone to do, and I came across this at courant.com—I took a screen shot because it will eventually get swept away by the news.
Seems like a normal news day, right? And it is, for the most part. But while I was looking a little closer, one headline sort of jumped out at me.
I clicked through to the story, which indeed was about a house fire that killed a cat.
Now, don't get me wrong—I grew up with cats and dogs in our home, and completely understand how attached people become to their pets. I just thought it was a bit odd that right next to stories about people getting murdered is a headline about a cat dying in a fire (sad as it may be).
Again, I get how much people love their pets and consider them members of their families, but I just don't know if the unfortunate passing of a family cat—and the incidental survival of two others—merits a headline, especially when the fire resulted in an entire family and another person being left homeless. That seems like it might've been the story.
Anyway, maybe it's just me, but with all due respect to the family who lost their pet (and home), you almost have to wonder if the story had been about the D-Day invasion of Normandy, whether the headline would've been "Thousands of Cod Lost to Wayward Allied Shelling."Odd Perspective