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双语 | 明星萌宠过世!看完这些后,才知道主人有多不容易……

Business Insider 徽标 作者:Paige Leskin Business Insider 中的 | 幻灯片 3 - 2:  Although owners act as the brains behind the careful crafting of their pets' social presences, they're often able to avoid the spotlight and recognition typical influencers regularly deal with.  To many, an owner's most prominent role in the lives of their pet's fans comes when they have to craft a carefully worded message online informing the community of a beloved pet's passing. Having to grieve in such a public way makes the process even more daunting, according to Jennifer McFarling, the person behind the social presence of famed golden retriever Parker Pup.  "It's one thing to deal with a loss privately, but to have people watching you was something I was afraid of," McFarling told Business Insider. "Dealing with the added pressures of finding a new normal while answering people's questions and 'what's next?' was something we, as a family, dreaded."  Most owners who spoke with Business Insider said they shared news of their pets' deaths shortly after they happened, within a day or two. There are some who were forced into expediting the process due to both media pressure and fan concern, much like a publicist in the wake of a celebrity death.  Such was the case for Brian Edwards, whose dog Piper - known online as the Airport K9 - died in 2018 after a battle with cancer. Edwards told Business Insider that Piper passed away at night, and that he planned to wait to craft his Instagram post until the next morning, after his emotions had settled. But in the middle of dinner with his family, Edwards was notified that a local news station had found out and aired news about Piper's death. He rushed home to notify Piper's followers before they found out about his death somewhere else.  Edwards called the situation "disappointing and angering," but credited his support system with helping him get through the especially hard days without Piper.  Yet owners of these celebrity pets also become inherently responsible for both their own grief and that of their followers. Instead of dealing with the loss on their own, pet owners said they felt an obligation to also be there to comfort their pets' fans - whether that made the grieving process easier or more difficult.  "Having him so popular made it worse on some days, but made it way better on most days," Brant Pinvidic said, who was known for his unnaturally sociable pet turkey named Albert. "You don't even get to deal with your own processing ... but it's not about you. You have to understand it's not about you."  But to others, like Dorie Herman, the fanbase is what made the grieving process bearable. In the days and weeks following the death of Herman's famous dog, Chloe Kardoggian, people were constantly messaging the account to offer their support and happy memories of the chihuahua.  "The community really rallied around me. It made it much less of an isolating experience," Herman said. "Everyone should be lucky enough if they have to lose a pet for it to be a social media pet."

失去爱宠后的悲伤阶段回顾

尽管社交媒体上的萌宠账号都是由它们的主人在背后运营,但主人们总是能够避免一些人类明星因为太火而经常遭遇的麻烦。

对于许多主人来说,当他们备受关注的爱宠去世后,他们必须在网上精心措辞,向粉丝们告知这一悲伤消息。著名金毛寻回犬Parker Pup的社交圈运营者、它的主人珍妮弗·麦克法林(Jennifer McFarling)认为,必须以这种公开的方式应对爱宠的离去,然而这一点使得这一过程更加艰难。

麦克法林告诉Business Insider:“自己去接受宠物的离去是一回事,但是让外界关注你的不幸是令人难受的。受到外界的关注给我们造成了更大的压力,比如回答人们的诸多问题——'下一步该怎么办,是否会养新的宠物'等等。这是我们一家人所害怕面对的。”

与Business Insider交谈的大多数主人说,他们在宠物去世一两天内就分享了萌宠死亡的消息。由于媒体的压力和粉丝的关注,有些人被迫加快了这一进程,就像处理名人去世后的公关人员的做法一样。

布莱恩·爱德华兹(Brian Edwards)就是这样,他的狗Piper在网上被称为Airport K9,它在患癌后于2018年去世。爱德华兹告诉Business Insider,Piper是在夜晚离去的,他计划等到自己情绪稳定后,第二天早上才发布Instagram帖子告知大家。但是在与家人共进晚餐的过程中,爱德华兹发现当地一家新闻台已经发现并播出了关于Piper死亡的新闻。他赶紧回家在网络上公布Piper的死讯,以免粉丝们从别处得知此信息。

爱德华兹称这种情况“令人失望和愤怒”,但他很感谢支持他的人帮助他度过没有Piper的艰难日子。

这些明星宠物的主人不仅需要对他们自己的悲痛负责,同时还要肩负起安抚粉丝们的责任。相比于独自面对悲痛,他们认为自己更有义务安慰萌宠的粉丝,不管这种安慰是使悲伤的情绪减少还是增多。

布兰特·平维迪奇(Brant Pinvidic)说:“我的宠物如此受欢迎,虽然有时会使情况变得更糟,但在大多数情况下是好事。”他的宠物是种不同寻常的动物——一只叫Albert的火鸡。 “你甚至都无法照顾自己的感受了……但这确实不是你一个人的事。您必须意识到它已经与很多其他人息息相关了。”

但是对于其他一些萌宠主人来说,例如多丽·赫尔曼(Dorie Herman),则认为拥有大量粉丝可以减缓爱宠离去后的悲痛。在赫尔曼喂养的名叫Chloe Kardoggian的明星狗死后的几天甚至几周里,人们不断向她的社交账号发送消息,表达对这只吉娃娃犬的支持和喜爱。

The unique stages of grief

Although owners act as the brains behind the careful crafting of their pets' social presences, they're often able to avoid the spotlight and recognition typical influencers regularly deal with.

To many, an owner's most prominent role in the lives of their pet's fans comes when they have to craft a carefully worded message online informing the community of a beloved pet's passing. Having to grieve in such a public way makes the process even more daunting, according to Jennifer McFarling, the person behind the social presence of famed golden retriever Parker Pup.

"It's one thing to deal with a loss privately, but to have people watching you was something I was afraid of," McFarling told Business Insider. "Dealing with the added pressures of finding a new normal while answering people's questions and 'what's next?' was something we, as a family, dreaded."

Most owners who spoke with Business Insider said they shared news of their pets' deaths shortly after they happened, within a day or two. There are some who were forced into expediting the process due to both media pressure and fan concern, much like a publicist in the wake of a celebrity death.

Such was the case for Brian Edwards, whose dog Piper - known online as the Airport K9 - died in 2018 after a battle with cancer. Edwards told Business Insider that Piper passed away at night, and that he planned to wait to craft his Instagram post until the next morning, after his emotions had settled. But in the middle of dinner with his family, Edwards was notified that a local news station had found out and aired news about Piper's death. He rushed home to notify Piper's followers before they found out about his death somewhere else.

Edwards called the situation "disappointing and angering," but credited his support system with helping him get through the especially hard days without Piper.

Yet owners of these celebrity pets also become inherently responsible for both their own grief and that of their followers. Instead of dealing with the loss on their own, pet owners said they felt an obligation to also be there to comfort their pets' fans - whether that made the grieving process easier or more difficult.

"Having him so popular made it worse on some days, but made it way better on most days," Brant Pinvidic said, who was known for his unnaturally sociable pet turkey named Albert. "You don't even get to deal with your own processing ... but it's not about you. You have to understand it's not about you."

But to others, like Dorie Herman, the fanbase is what made the grieving process bearable. In the days and weeks following the death of Herman's famous dog, Chloe Kardoggian, people were constantly messaging the account to offer their support and happy memories of the chihuahua.

"The community really rallied around me. It made it much less of an isolating experience," Herman said. "Everyone should be lucky enough if they have to lose a pet for it to be a social media pet."

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