I should state at the outset that the death of country singer/songwriter Mindy McCready is still under investigation; and accordingly, her unfortunate death has not yet been officially ruled a suicide. I share that only as a reminder that “celebrity deaths” very often fall victim to media hype and speculation that I would make every effort o shy away from. That said, the Cleburne County (Arkansas) Sheriff’s Department certainly appears to be leaning in the direction of making that determination.
Moss said Monday that the dog’s body was found Sunday next to McCready on the front porch of a home in Heber Springs, Ark. Two other dogs at the home were reportedly uninjured.
“Based on what we have found at the scene at this time, we do believe that she took the life of the dog that we are being told by family members belonged to (David) Wilson before she took her own life,” Moss said.
A few thoughts. Suicide is an act most of us struggle to come to terms with. I suppose only those who have considered and/or attempted it truly know what it takes to get to a point where they feel death is the only option. I feel fortunate to have never been in a position where I had to weigh those limited options.
That said, I do believe suicide is a cowardly choice; and a selfish choice. And let’s be clear. It is a choice. And in the case of McCready, we’re not talking about a elderly woman struggling with the pain of stomach Cancer. We’re talking about a young mother who chose to take the easy way out.
I passed on sharing the story initially – mostly because I don’t waste much time with celebrity “news” that isn’t funny, light-hearted, or at least somewhat political. You folks get enough of that elsewhere. But when I heard the story of the slain dog and her friends coming to her defense for killing the innocent animal, saying things like “Mindy really loved her dog and that would not have been an act of malice at all. It would have been more of a case where she just didn’t want to leave the dog alone”; I’m sickened beyond comprehension.
She didn’t want the dog to be alone? Have they ever heard of an animal shelter; adopt-a-pet?
But beyond that, what about her two young children? If her mind was really on the “loved ones” she was going to be leaving alone; perhaps, she should have thought for a moment about how she was going to leave two innocent children without a mother. Yes, I realize she was a troubled soul. Her absence may even make it easier for her children to live “normal” lives without the stain of drug abuse, celebrity gossip, and scrutiny; but are they really better off without their mother?
I understand that those close to McCready are grieving. I also understand that commenting on these kind of events can be difficult. But maybe her “friends” could use a bit of a reality check of their own. If they think that dog was better off dead than “alone”; I pray they’re not ones vested with the responsibility of caring for her two abandoned children.