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November 1, 2013

Soap Opera Makes Nate Mad!

Billy Abbott and his dog from CBS Young and the Restless
Dash Surprises Billy
Mrs. Nate has been a loyal follower and viewer of the hit daytime TV soap called the Young and the Restless. I’m sure many of you are familiar with this program. Even those of us who do not care for soaps know about the greedy and heartless Victor Newman.

Mrs. Nate faithfully PVRs the show and almost always plays it back while I make dinner. So I end up watching it here and there and I have to admit I don’t mind it so much. I know all the characters and their various sordid pasts.

The episode that played on October 30th had a scene that made me quite angry. Let me set it up for you.

You see, Billy Abbott had a lovely, young daughter named Delia from his previous marriage to Chloe, Billy is now married to Vicki Newman, just in case you didn't know. As if you didn't!

In recent, previous shows, Billy rescued a dog named Dash and gave him to his daughter as a present.

Last week Billy was driving home with Delia and her new dog in the backseat. They stopped at a convenience store to pick up some ice cream and Billy left the two of them in car as he went in to make his purchase.

I’m not exactly sure why but Delia decided to open the car door, Dash darted out and ran into the desolate, dark road. She got worried and decided to go after him. To make a long story short, a car came by driven by none other than Adam Newman, he swerves to miss the dog and ends up running over poor Delia; she goes the hospital and eventually dies.

I’m thinking, “Where’s Dash?” They never did tell us. A week later, Billy is grieving heavily and blaming himself for the death of his daughter. He finds himself out on the front porch of his house and low and behold, Dash made his way home! Yay doggie!

Billy brings the dog in and of course seeing Dash for the first time, he brings back the memories, hurt and pain all over again. He puts Dash out back and leaves him out there. After a while he wants in and Billy’s wife, Victoria says, “We should let the dog in.” Billy says, “Leave it out there, I don’t want to see that damn dog!” She replies, “I’ll get started on looking for a new home for him.”

I’m like, seriously? That’s a nice message to send the millions of viewers out there!

I know it’s just fiction but hey, let’s use a soap opera story line to reinforce the fact dogs are disposable items that can just be thrown away when they present life complications we simply don’t want to deal with.

I may be slightly overreacting here but that was first thought that came to my head seconds after the scene had finished playing. It made me mad that they would show their viewers the best way to deal with your dog in a crappy situation is to find it a new home.

I was feeling bad for Billy watching him deal with probably the worst thing a parent would ever to go through, but now I can’t stand him. What’s more, I’m not sure I even like the show now!

There is enough dog surrendering going on throughout North America without it being a part of our entertainment on some TV show!


  1. It was one don't know whats going to actually happen. Its called anger due to loss of a child. Its not like he is going to take him to a shelter...but people advocate for shelters yet people get dumped on for taking a dog to a shelter. What is it?? Bad or good? Finding a dog a new home by a family member is surely not the end of the world. Its not every day a kid dies and a dog gets rehomed. Yes I realize its a tv show and people watch it but its not really an everyday occurrence. Had the dog Pooohed on the carpet and they booted him outside and wanted to get rid of him that would be a completely different story. Now youre gonna get more people watching the show...just with this post.

    1. Thank you for your feedback Anonymous.

      In this fictional case I'm actually not talking about why they were thinking of re-homing the dog, I'm making the point that it's sad that it is even a consideration. It's even more sad it's always the first place irresponsible dog guardians go when it comes to their dog. It's such a common occurrence that it's even made part of a story line for a TV show.

      Kijiji is a perfect example of what I'm talking about. Not to mention, the excuses people use when listing their "items" for "free to good home" are nothing compared to what Billy is going through.

  2. Felt the same way you did....not a good example for other grieving people or pet owners...the animal is not responsible for the death and is also grieving I have added my two cents worth....Oh! I am a fan of Y&R also...

    1. Thanks Ann. I'm sure I'll still be a fan of the show regardless. I'm certainly not blaming the show, I'm just blaming society's thought process when it comes to animals.