I’m a fairly lazy TV watcher — so lazy that I don’t even bother to change the channel when the ads come on. I have a laptop near me and just check emails, look at Facebook, Twitter, etc. during commercial breaks. Sometimes — and here’s where I’m proof that TIVO hasn’t entirely destroyed the free-enterprise system — I watch the ads. I have even been known to enjoy some of them.
But all bets are off when any of the Sarah McLachlan animal cruelty videos made for the ASPCA come on I watched them a few times early on and the pictures of sick and injured animals, or healthy animals in cages with big eyes, looking pleadingly at me, made me want to jump off a bridge.
What it did NOT make me want to do was adopt an animal. I need more joy in my life, not a sad sack reminder that life — and people — are cruel.
So now all it takes is a few notes of that lachrymose music for me to jump up, scramble for the remote, and change the channel. Sometimes I even leave the room after I’ve changed the channel; it’s almost as if I feel like the ad is going to follow me through the TV screen if I am even in its proximity. This happened to me the other night and I missed several important minutes of an NCIS rerun I hadn’t seen as a result. (Did I mention that the video is hideously LONG and I want to make sure I don’t come back too early and accidentally switch it on again?).
I’m not kidding.
This is a very long-winded introduction to my decision to continue a series I started last year: Pet Adoption Videos That Don’t Make Me Want to Kill Myself.
This latest installment is from the Colorado Pet Overpopulation fund:
Here’s the longer version, and the one I was first led to via alert pet video viewer Yvonne DiVita of BlogPaws. She wrote about it in the context of Colorado’s Adopt a Shelter Pet License Plates.
I think I prefer the shorter version. It’s an excellent example of editing, capturing all the funniest moments and making the narrative seem superfluous. Do you agree?
And if you don’t have a clue what I’m talking about re: the video that inspired this series and are feeling masochistic, here’s one that Sara McClachlan made for the Canadian BCSPCA. Just promise you won’t play it when I’m around.