"In America, if you had something like this, your friends would never come to visit you anymore, and they would think you were a barbarian."
Of course, all of this conversation was in French so who knows what he heard me saying. I'm not really sure why it was supposed to make a difference that it was a Chinese dog. I mean, crap, they export their dead people to be put on display - should anyone really be so offended about a mere dog? And the Germans buy stuffed ducklings and baby tigers ... but really, who the f**k would want this thing?
I also told him it was like having the corpse of your grandmother in your house - just wrong and icky. I mean, I know Muslims don't like dogs/think they're unclean (and I saw only 5 dogs the whole weekend, PILES of people and almost no dogs, stray cats everywhere, they must have been in HEAVEN), but I really felt like I just wasn't making a bit of sense to him.