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I feel awful, just laughed at someones dead pet

(46 Posts)
NotTheJoker Sun 15-Mar-09 01:11:37

I've namechanged because I'm sure I'm going to get called allsorts here ...

But my friend called me about an hour ago crying. I asked "what's wrong?" and she replied "I've lost BigBum"

I said "what??"

and she snapped "The Guinea Pig!"


So I did my best to console her and everything. She's just phoned back, she'd stopped crying and was feeling much better. But when she started going on about the guinea pig by name I had a huge lump in my throat and my voice was strained. Just the name makes me laugh so much blush especially when she uses it in such serious context eg:

"This morning, I said to DH that BigBum does not look well ... DH said BigBum never looks well ... " etc etc

When she heard my voice go funny she said "aww, are you crying now too?" blush

I had to rush off the phone. I feel AWFUL. I'm not laughing at the more guinea pig and my friend didn't catch on that I was laughing but DH keeps making me feel really guilty!

Am I truely awful for laughing?

juneybean Sun 15-Mar-09 01:18:00

ROFL! Seriously he was called BigBum?!!?

NotTheJoker Sun 15-Mar-09 01:20:05

yes! at least someone else finds it funny, I don't feel so bad now. DH keeps winding me up lol

What a name though, how she can say that with a straight face I'll never know! grin

namechangecosfeelingsad Sun 15-Mar-09 01:20:53

I empathise. Just had my neighbour round here crying cos her daughter's lizard died.

I am evil.

Jacksmama Sun 15-Mar-09 15:29:17

I would have lost it!! Don't know how you didn't - BigBum????????

I am PMSL at the name myself..evil grin

shivster1980 Sun 15-Mar-09 16:13:49

Poor Guinea Pig probably died of shame - BigBum?!?!?!?!?!?!?

NotPlayingAnyMore Sun 15-Mar-09 16:14:13

YANBU grin

YANBU. She thinks you were crying over the death of poor Bigbum so you are a good friend as far as she is concerned.

differentID Sun 15-Mar-09 20:47:30

the choking will have been taken as devestation over bigbum's death. She'll love you always.

SoupDragon Sun 15-Mar-09 20:49:24

Hey, at least she doesn't have a FatAr$e now.

AlistairSim Sun 15-Mar-09 21:35:06

I want it noted that I am only telling you this to make you feel better.

DP loves cats. I think they're ok and was able to fake love the two he had when we met.
When said cats finally shuffled off to the giant litter tray in the sky, he had them cremated and put into fancy carved wooden boxes. One each, prettily labelled.

Whenever we move, the 'cats' are carefully packed, unpacked and placed in a prominent position.

Every so often I put one of the boxes on our bed and then moan to DP that the 'bloody cats are on the bed again'.

moondog Sun 15-Mar-09 21:37:45


EdwardBear Sun 15-Mar-09 21:40:58

grin at the cats on the bed

AlistairSim Sun 15-Mar-09 21:45:43

Please don't encourage me.

The boxes are calling to me....

BigBumm Sun 15-Mar-09 21:55:58


ninah Sun 15-Mar-09 21:57:34


thumbwitch Sun 15-Mar-09 21:58:01

YANBU - what a funny name! I think I would have had trouble too..

LOL at cats on bed!

BigBumm Sun 15-Mar-09 21:59:33

NotTheJoker, what's the betting your mate is a mumsnetter? grin

fishie Sun 15-Mar-09 22:01:54

my friend did this to me when my hamster. i didn't do the full bigbum, she rang just after he'd popped off and wasn't able to manage the hamsterly gravitas. she'd had a load of magic mushrooms too.

TinkerBellesMumandFiFi2 Sun 15-Mar-09 22:17:00

We adopted Pooh and Tigger (cats!) Mum refused to call them in or she would shout Tigger and mumble Pooh. Pooh was my cat or I was his human (you know what they say about cats) and he would follow me to the bus stop. Unfortunately for me he would walk in the bushes and when he first started doing it I would try to discourage him and I'd be looking at a bush saying "Pooh, go home!" I did get some looks!

YANBU, I'm sure you are sympathetic about her pet and just laughing at the name, like anyone would - afterall, it's why she choose that name in the first place!

AlistairSim ROFL! I had to reread that, I missed that they were cremated the first time [bush]

TinkerBellesMumandFiFi2 Sun 15-Mar-09 22:18:38

I'm laughing too much


Another thing I've shouted at a bush "stop following me Pooh" grin

differentID Sun 15-Mar-09 22:19:07

my dh's grandparents had a great big mean ginger furball when he was growing up.

His name was


dh recalls refusing to call him in.grin

juneybean Sun 15-Mar-09 23:16:04

TinkerbellesMum, have you missed your typo in your first post LMAO.

I'm sat crying of laughter.

muffle Sun 15-Mar-09 23:34:39

The thing is if you have called your guinea pig a daft name, then you get used to it and it sounds normal - I bet she happily called BigBum!!! to it all the time without a thought.

I however would have laughed, I can promise you. I do embarrassing things like that all the time.

btw i also would worry that this thread will make you somewhat recognisable if she should read it!

samestuffdifferentday Mon 16-Mar-09 00:15:40

Ah well, worth the chuckle, and she did say she felt awful grin.

TinkerBellesMumandFiFi2 Mon 16-Mar-09 11:29:28

juneybean no, that's why I reposted but I was laughing too much to make sense.

pandagirl03 Fri 20-Mar-09 13:37:31

oh my god AlistairSim that has really made me laugh so much, cats on the bed. oh how funny. Thats made my day. smile

BalloonSlayer Fri 20-Mar-09 13:42:05

When you go to the vets, though, they call the animal by its name with your surname.

So they'd have called out "BigBum Jenkins" or whatever when it was his turn for his appointment.

Kimi Fri 20-Mar-09 13:42:26


BalloonSlayer Fri 20-Mar-09 13:44:37

My Mum just adopted a cat and was told that it was called Todger.

Cue much consternation and repetition of my favourite joke as a child (see below).

Luckily it turned out it was actually Tadger. Not much better though.

Old lady has a house called Hairy Bum and a dog called Willy. One day the dog goes missing and she can't find it so goes to the Police Station to say "I've looked all over my Hairy Bum but I still can't find my willy."

Iklboo Fri 20-Mar-09 13:45:12

My mother called her cat - ahem -

Lickie Wah Wah blush hmm

Because he couldn't really miaow, just kind of do a little 'wah' noise.

Thank all the gods the little fecker never went out as there would have been NO way I'd have shouted that through the streets

OrmIrian Fri 20-Mar-09 13:49:20

Well I'm glad you find it so amusing. Poor little creature angry

I bet you'd find it hysterical when I tell you that loosecolon my goat died last week, just after wobblytits the cow <sob>

BEAUTlFUL Fri 20-Mar-09 13:49:59

I'm laughing too, imagining the conversation in the vet's offices. "BigBum needs 50cc of saline. How is BigBum looking? What are BigBum's vitals?" etc.

HeadFairy Fri 20-Mar-09 13:50:33

PMSL at this thread... i'm very ashamed of my perfectly sanely named pets, perhaps I should rename them?

BEAUTlFUL Fri 20-Mar-09 13:50:40

At least hr wasn't run over. "There's BigBum all over the road!"

BalloonSlayer Fri 20-Mar-09 13:52:33

A lady I worked with took one of her two dogs to the vet and found the vet looking at her warily.

It transpired that the notes said "Be very careful of lady."

She had to explain that Lady was her other dog, at home and quite well.

duchesse Fri 20-Mar-09 13:56:24

grin at Balloonslayer's story

Lillabet Fri 20-Mar-09 14:00:01

I have just read through this thread and am now crying laughing - problem is I am at work and I am now getting VERY odd looks from my co-workers (one of whom is the DH!!). grin.
My great aunt did have a cat called Pussy - cue much hilarity from friends and family (although my aunt didn't see what was so funny!).

Lillabet Fri 20-Mar-09 14:00:58

Oh, by the way I forgot to say YANBU - you will probably be considered a fab friend because it probably sounded like you were very sympathetic

mylifemykids Fri 20-Mar-09 14:01:29

That reminds me of the time I heard my neighbour hysterically screaming in her front garden. I looked out of the window and saw an Argos delivery driver stood by her gate looking white as a sheet. So I went out and asked her what was wrong. In between the sobs and screaming (she actually wet herself too), I heard 'knocked the door off it's frame, landed on..., is she dead, is she dead'!!! I could see her DS in the living room watching Cbeebies completely unaware of his mother's ranting but couldn't see her DD. Of course I naturally assumed her DD was squashed under the bloody door and nearly fainted myself. Then I pulled myself together and asked if anyone had called an ambulance. The Argos delivery driver looked at me as if I was deranged and said...........

'Why would you need to call an ambulance for a squashed cat'?!!!

I was so relieved I started laughing blush

As you can imagine my neighbour was not pleased with me!!!

Grumpyoldcaaaaaaaa Fri 20-Mar-09 14:09:19

grin AlistairSim and the cat boxes (and I speak as a devoted cat-lover and current owner of 1 dog & 3 guinea pigs).

We had a cat called Pele (after the great footballer) when I was in primary school. I wrote a 'what I did on my 'olidays' kind of thing about him and my teacher went through the whole bloody thing and crossed all the 'l's. She thought he was called 'Pete'. She said 'Pele' was a very exotic name. Imagine if we'd called the cat BigBum smile

andiem Fri 20-Mar-09 14:14:46

this thread has made my day
particularly alistairsim and the cats on the bed grin
yanbu poor guinea pig imagine having bigbum on your gravestone

RunLikeTheDevil Fri 20-Mar-09 14:30:27

MIL's dog is called Fanny believe it or not. I cringe when I hear her shouting it down the garden, especially when she adds "Adams" onto it:

"Fanny ... Fanny, where are you? come on now ... come on Fanny Adams"

Lancelottie Sat 21-Mar-09 16:04:12

Were there a lot of cats called Pele in the 60s/70s, or do I know you, Grumpy??

Grumpyoldcaaaaaaaa Sun 22-Mar-09 20:09:54


I would imagine there were a lot of Pele cats!

You may know me if you're a Yorkie.

I've just remembered another cringey animal name thing:

I was recounting to some people how we had a cat when we were very small named Barnsley. My mum named him Barnsley because he smelt (my mum is a snob....). Of course, the people I regaled with this little gem were from Barnsley. blush

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