Elderly people love their cats and dogs and numerous
studies show that the geriatric crowd benefits from having pets. In
reduces their blood pressure and it's a win-win for both the old person and
Today, a surviving spouse will often live alone in the
last years of their lives, and singleton geriatrics are commonplace.
Nobody likes to talk about it, but if you die unexpectedly and your dogs has
no long term food supply, you can expect to have your body eaten by Fido.
Don't become a dog treat
It's not that uncommon to have your corpse eaten by
your pets, sadly, it happens every day.
Even famous people risk being eaten by their pets after
they die. For example, famous aviatrix Pancho Barnes was
eaten by her pets and crapped out on her nice new carpet.
Your dogs may love you now, but even the most precious
puppy is going to eat your face if you don't feed them. In Pancho's
case her dogs were starving several days after she died:
Don't risk becoming dog treat for Rover
This is a real risk for the surviving spouse or anybody
who must die alone. In Pancho Barnes case, the reports say that her dogs
were found starving and her body was eaten by "numerous starving dogs".
These dogs would only be starving after dismembering
her and picking every tidbit of meat from her corpse, licking her eyeballs
from their sockets and crushing her bones to extract the marow.
I am become crap, the destroyer of carpets
The old saying goes "Die young and leave a good looking
corpse", but elderly people need to have a plan in-place if they die quickly
and don't have daily visitors. Nobody wants their final resting place
to be a steaming pile on the carpet.
Don't let this be your final resting place
One reason that having your body eaten by dogs
is a real problem because a dog will literally eat dog food until
they pop, so you can't leave out a weeks supply of dog food until
the mailman smells your decomposing body.
Being found dead is embarrassing enough without
having your body found strewn around your house in heaps of dried
Even a dog that is not starving will nibble at your
dead face as a snack, and the problem is not just isolated to dogs.
There are reports of dead old ladies being
eaten by their house cats.
"Much of 58-year-old Livia Melinte was nibbled by her
pets after she died weeks ago."
"Authorities in Ohio say they found a dismembered body
inside a house with three dogs, which had been eating the remains. A dog
warden says body parts were "all over the place."
In sum, the best defense against being eaten by
your pets is to live with someone, or have somebody pop-in every day to find
your corpse before Fido gets hingry.