Post # 1
I acknowledge this is a bit of a weird question, but figured it couldn’t hurt to ask, especially here.
I was at the dog park today with my FI and puppy (about 10 months old). As we left, there was an adorable puppy following us along the fence of the area set aside for smaller dogs. I leaned down to let it sniff my hand through the fence and its owner literally ran up. She aggressively asked “Hey! Do you smoke?” I told her “No, I’m sorry,” thinking she was just asking for a light or something. (Honestly, I don’t and never have). She followed up (equally aggressively) “Okay. Because if you didn’t I wouldn’t let you pet my dog.” What? Have any of you ever heard of this? Is there a reason for keeping dogs away from smokers–let alone just someone petting your dog who might have a trace of tobacco on her/his hands? Let alone at a dusty, very busy dog park. I realize if there was an allergy and a smoker was entering your home. How does this work in real life? Demand to know someone’s habits before you shake hands or borrow a pen? Granted, the puppy was young–probably too young to be at the park (and MUCH younger than the posted “minimum age”). I think I’m just confused by keeping a person from petting the dog and kind of offended by her aggressiveness in asking. Both a vent and a genuine question 🙂
Post # 3
The only time I won’t let a smoker near my dog is when they have the cigarette lit in their hand. I’m insanely anti-smoking so I just chalk it up to one of my quirks 🙂
I’ll admit that lady was super wierd about the situation though, if you take your dog out in public you never know what you are going to run into. And, um, dogs are pretty darn durable anyways.
Post # 4
LOL i don’t know! i get mad when people smoke at the dog park because if they leave butts then it’s bad for the dog to ingest, but i’ve never heard of the scent of tobacco being something to avoid. maybe the dog does have some strange allergy or she just doesn’t want her dog to smell like smoke but c’mon – dog parks make dogs smelly and dirty anyway! my border collie has lots of allergies, but i don’t think tobacco is one of them.
Post # 5
Hmmm, that is a new one for me. I would completely understand if someone had a cigarette in their hand. Who knows, maybe the dog had some rare allergy *scratching head*.
Post # 6
I, personally, wouldn’t want my pet smelling like smoke, but I’m not sure I’d tell someone not to pet him or her because of it. Maybe I would, but I doubt it. Especially not if I didn’t see the person with a cigarette in their hand in the last couple of minutes!
Post # 7
Medically, there have been reports of animals developing diseases that could be attributed to secondhand smoke (but not random contact with a smoker’s hand). And I suppose the owner could be ravingly sensitive to cigarettes, to the point where a smoker leaving residual scent on the dog’s fur would be irritating. Other than those (extremely dubious) explanations, I’ve got nothing.
Post # 8
Seriously??? Maybe she wanted to punish a smoker by not allowing them the pleasure of petting her dog…haha
Post # 9
Your responses made me smile, ladies! I was just baffled by the request and left *fuming* (wahwahwah) over how flat out mean she was. I definitely understand keeping folks with lit cigarettes away and not wanting the dog surrounded by smoke. (Although, as far as smell goes, I had just watched her other puppy roll in what certainly wasn’t mud). My FI’s reaction? “I can’t wait until that woman has kids”
Post # 10
Third hand smoke is getting tons of press these days, so maybe it was less about health effects to the puppy from second hand smoke and more about third hand smoke effects on her… other than that, I’ve got nothing!
Post # 11
One of my cats has sever asthma. We have neighbors that smoke and my vet was displeased and pretty much lectured me about how to keep my cat away from smoke (because she could have an attack). However, I don’t know how a touch could hurt the animal–unless the animal licks itself but still.
Post # 12
hahahah I love dog parks… every time I go its on crazy story after another… Who knows why this lazy is crazy but thanks for sharing!