Fans of "News of the Weird" got to read recently about the girl who got kicked off a bus because her boyfriend had her on a leash.
She's 19, her owner is 25. I can assure you that a 25-year-old* guy who thinks keeping a female "pet" is the thing to do is not MY idea of great dating material. And I'm channelling Ogden Nash+ a bit and wondering what will happen in 15 years or so when this 19-year-old kitten has become a 34-year-old cat with no job skills and an owner who decides he wants a kitten.
But what mostly cheeses me off is the lede buried in the following paragraphs:
Maltby -- who lives on state benefits and got engaged in November -- said her choice of lifestyle might seem unusual but was harmless.
"I am a pet," she told the Daily Mail. "I generally act animal-like and I lead a really easy life. I don't cook or clean and I don't go anywhere without Dani. It might seem strange but it makes us both happy. It's my culture and my choice. It isn't hurting anyone."
Yep. She's a pet on state benefits, a.k.a. welfare.
But don't worry, it's not hurting anyone.
*When will teenage girls learn that when a guy in his twenties/thirties wants to date them, it's because the women that are his age won't have anything to do with him?
+"The trouble with a kitten is THAT Eventually it becomes a CAT" -Ogden Nash