Well, it’s happened. I’m not sure how or exactly when, but I’ve become a dog parent snob. Actually, I do know how, but not exactly when. It’s been over the past two years of blogging. I have become a judgmental dog parent snob. Let me explain.
It hit me like a ton of bricks last week when I had Bentley at the vet. A man came in with his dog on a rope for its leash. It had no collar on, just a rope with a loop on one end that was serving as both collar and leash. I found myself judging this man and what kind of dog parent that he was. It disturbed me that I knew nothing of this guy or his situation but felt I could judge him. Let me tell you, I was very disappointed in myself. After all, he did have the dog at the vet so it was obvious that he cared. I might be able to let it go if this was the first time that I’d been guilty of dog parent snobbery. Unfortunately, it’s not.
It happens whenever I see someone let their dog run loose. I want to go shake them and tell them how extremely dangerous it is to allow your dog to roam. I don’t want to accidentally run over their dog when I’m driving and it darts onto the street. That would be devastating to everyone involved. People do mean things to dogs that poop in their yards or turn over their garbage cans. Why on earth would a dog parent take that chance? #NotCool
It happens when I see someone with their dog riding loose in the car or God-forbid in the bed of their pick-up truck. Do they have any idea what will happen if they are involved in a wreck or the dog decides to jump out of the vehicle? I read just the other day about a Boxer that was tethered in the bed of a truck and jumped out. The poor thing was dragged behind the vehicle for no telling how long. Tragically, it did not survive. #ThereShouldBeALaw
I have bitten my tongue when I see someone in the store buy a really poor quality of dog food. Don’t they know how to read ingredient labels? Their poor dog is eating a low-quality food that will impact its life expectancy. In reality, I know it might be all that their budget affords them. #ShameOnMe
Don’t get me started on people that let their kids ride on the back of their dogs or torment them by pulling ears or tails. You know that dog is going to retaliate someday and find itself dumped in a shelter or worse. It is so simple to teach a child how to respect a dog and avoid any problems. #RideAHorse
When I hear people scream or see them strike their dogs, a little part of me dies inside. There is not another animal that loves so whole-heartily as a dog. They trust us with their lives and that is an awesome responsibility. My first instinct is to tell them the dog can hear much better than they do and yelling is uncalled for, but I realize they already know that. As far as hitting their dog, I will speak up if the situation allows. I find myself believing that some humans don’t deserve to have a dog. These are two incidents where if they make me a dog parent snob, so be it.
I guess the most offensive thing I have encountered is someone turning their dog over to a shelter because it has gotten old or they have gotten tired of it. Really? I feel bad that I secretly hope those people are dumped in a nursing home and left alone when they get too old to be considered fun or cute anymore. #SorryNotSorry
I know that I am not the perfect pet parent. I make mistakes and I recognize them the moment that I make them. The difference is that I try really hard to do better every day. I read and research foods, medical information, and toys. The more I know, the better I do. My solution to the problems I’ve mentioned is to try to teach people in an entertaining way to be better pet parents. That is the purpose of Barking from the Bayou. I am also working on the whole dog parent snob thing.Understanding and having empathy can make such a difference in how knowledge is received. I think next time that I see someone doing one of the cringe-worthy things listed, I’ll just smile and hand them my business card. Hopefully, I will gain a friend that is open to becoming a partner in their dog’s life. *By the way, most of this applies to cat parents, too. ☺
Have you found yourself guilty of dog parent snobbery? Share your stories. #IsItJustMe
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