Brian gets nominated by a book club for his novel but when he discovers it's a group of hanicapped kids that found it easy to read, he gives up on life, and goes out on a bender. During a drunk drive home he kills a dog, but soon discovers no one cares. He makes it his mission to prove dogs and animals' life lives are just as important as humans and even puts on a PETA-type meeting. He soon finds himself being chased out by the town and gives up and sits in the bathroom crying that no one would even miss him if he died.
Luckily his good friend Stewie burns down the local liquor store and puts in a charred dog corpse with Brian's collar. When the cop comes to deliver the bad news to the family, Stewie shows him just how much the Griffins would miss him if he died.
Meanwhile, Lois hires a maid to help her around the house but she turns out to be stubborn and ignores the family, even when they try and fire her.