When we first published the picture above in our Wildlife issue we figured some people would get upset. Pointing a gun at the face of a poor little Dachshund would certainly rile up some of this country’s overly zealous dog lovers. But now that people are continually harassing photographer Will Sherman and in some cases even threatening his life we figured we would come clean and let you all in on a little secret. It’s a goddamn lighter not a gun, so stop your bitching and superfluous emails. Geez, can’t you take a joke? Then again, in a town that actually holds two Dachshund Festivals a year, the Fido-laden fanaticism all of a sudden made sense. After the jump we provide excerpts of some of the more incensed of the canine commenters, one guy even offering $2k to come rescue the thing.

mr dog lover Says:
September 6th, 2006 at 4:10 pm
tou are so cruel u big bastard shootin a dog u fik cunt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
cornhusker Says:
September 9th, 2006 at 1:45 am
you fucking asshole, where do you get the idea to do that
maybe someone should stick a pistol in your face with their hand on the trigger and see how you like it

denise Says:
September 13th, 2006 at 9:52 am
you are an utter disgrace…i dont know what happened to you and your “bad uncle complex” but you guys are so cool right, oh my gosh, dude lets totally like kill animals..fuck! we are hardcore” well no, your not. The fact that you even have a gun pointed at any animal, whether you shoot it or not just shows how stupid, immature. faggot, cruel, selfish, petty, pig headed, cock hungry, attention grabing, piece of shit, retarded you and your little faggot girlfriends are! by the way no offense to the real gays here! anywho..you make me sick and if your every in the brooklyn ny area..do me a favor and look me up, seriously. cause i will have no problem bringing you to your knees, spitting in your eye ball and pointing a old gay ass pistol in your face and make you bark for your life before i kick you down my stairs. burn in hell you cock swagaling mother fuckers..eat shit and die!
dog rights Says:
September 17th, 2006 at 5:15 pm

I hope you die for killing a daschund like that. go to hell you fucker!!!!!!!!!

Cat Says:
September 20th, 2006 at 1:28 pm
Seriously not funny. Not even remotely funny. Very stupid. Well now everyone knows ye are retards, more than likely no girlfriends, probably sit around touching yourselves while looking at little kiddies. How funny it WILL BE though to see your faces when ye look back on this when ye are like 80. Stupid, sad, cowards. How old are ye, 9????? SPASTICS.

YAI (your an idiot) Says:

September 20th, 2006 at 6:15 pm
You are a total idiot I’m 12 and I am going to grow up to be an animal police officer you idiot and I will hunt you down and shoot your head off like you did to that defensless dog and then run over you in a car and then I could’nt do anything more to you because you would already be dead you a hole
someone Says:
September 23rd, 2006 at 2:33 pm
I cant believe you would even point a gun at a poor dog like that!You assholes should be locked away where you have your own personnel bitch,to send you the message of what you did assfucks!
Candi Says:
September 27th, 2006 at 1:58 pm

u cock Says:
September 28th, 2006 at 9:02 pm
what a f*cking crazy ass bastard you are. karmas a b*tch you sick bastard. theres something wrong with you. you think that makes you a man u f*cker? your nothing but a crazy ass bastard that will f*ck up n end up rotting in prison u f*cker
dog lover Says:
October 1st, 2006 at 2:41 pm
you guys are so retarted putting a gun in a dogs face i’m going to report this website and give it to the police for abuse and then you’ll die. and if they don’t i’ll find you and put a gun in your face and pull the trigger and see how you like it

Patrick Says:
October 4th, 2006 at 10:37 pm

I dont know you, but i really care abour that dog. If youre still in touch with that dog I’m offering you 2000 $ us for it. I will go and pick it up wherever you want.
I have a dog exactly the same in here and I will take good care of it. I like daschund.
I’m really serious here is my phone number reverse the charge if you want 1-514-688-2872