Post # 46
Anyone who kicks at my dog is kicked out of my house. Wtf?
Anyone who acts that way with any dog I’m instantly suspicious of. Totally fine not to be an animal person. Not ok to be cruel or violent to a living creature just because you aren’t happy with it at the moment.
Post # 47
Kicking any pet is disgusting. Its one thing if they’re afraid of animals and back off, its another thing if they hurt them. Oh no.
Post # 48
I’m sure I’ll going to get flamed for this but there is a difference between a shoo-away gentle foot push when a dog invades your personal space and you need to feel safe, and a KICK. I am personally ferociously dedicated to animal rights (vegetarian for over a decade, donate to animal rights non profits, etc) and believe it is never acceptable to abuse ANY animal. I spend a lot of my free time advocating for proper care of fish, even, because abuse of fish is very common due to misinformation and people thinking “oh it’s just a fish.” But I digress. I also happen to have a severe phobia of dogs and have panic attacks when I am in enclosed spaces with them and I cannot tell you all how crippling terrifying it is for people like me when a dog jumps on me or invades my personal space and the owner doesn’t stop them because they don’t take me seriously when I warn them that I am scared of dogs or think “oh my dog is just being friendly! She’s so sweet! He wouldn’t hurt a fly!” Doesn’t matter. I’m sure you’re right but a phobia is called a phobia for a reason and someone telling me their dog is just being friendly doesn’t make my experience any less terrifying or my wishes to have personal space away from the dog any less valid. I just don’t feel safe when a dog is too close to me.
I think it is wonderful when dog owners love their dogs because all animals deserve loving care. If someone is going around kicking dogs maliciously, kicking with force, trying to HURT the dog, that is horrible and wrong. But a gentle shoo-away is not abuse and sometimes it’s the only option for people like me (after backing away as far as possible) to feel safe when a dog owner is not respectful enough to move the dog away themselves. I’m not trying to hurt the dog physically or emotionally and If I know I am going to be in the same space as a dog I warn the owner beforehand so they can find a way to keep their dog away from me in a way they choose, but it is disheartening when dog people expect that just because they love their dog everyone else’s feelings are invalid and not deserving of respect.
Post # 49
I automatically hate anyone who is mean to animals, period.
Post # 50
Oh my dog is my world! He’s my best friend and my baby! Almost everyone I know is also a dog lover. We spend a lot of free time at the dog park, I take him to events at our local petco all of the time, and i do a bit of volunteer work with a rescue. I find I don’t have much to talk about with people who don’t like dogs!! Lol! If anyone hurt him I would die.
Post # 51
I would never ever kick a dog, but would you be mad at this? I was at the emergency vet on the weekend, sitting on a chair in the waiting room with my dog on my lap (holding her very carefully as she has a spinal injury). Some guy came in with his cocker spaniel, sniffing everywhere and jumping on people. He paid no attention to what his dog was doing while he checked in, and my dog started getting very nervous watching his dog jump around. I had my legs crossed and my arms were positioned underneath my dog, so I only had my feet to defend us – so the dog came bounding up to us and tried to jump up on my dog, so I pushed it away using my shin bone against the dog’s chest. Not hard, just pushing. Would you think this was okay? The guy seemed a bit annoyed, but I was more annoyed that he would let his dog jump all over another injured dog – if my dog had thrashed or tried to jump out of my arms as a reaction to this dog, her injury could have been made much worse.
Post # 52
This is similar to what I was trying to point out. Gently pushing a dog away with your foot in order to protect yourself (or someone else like your dog) is not the same thing as animal abuse and is often the only option when a dog owner is too irresponsible or inconsiderate to keep their dog from jumping on people without their permission. Like I pointed out in my post, as someone with an intense dog phobia, I do everything I can to try to avoid this and I try to be as respectful as possible to both the dog and it’s person but sometimes gently pushing a dog away with my foot is the only option for me to feel safe. It’s sad when dog owners don’t reciprocate respect, by doing things like allowing their dog to jump on people holding injured dogs (which is obviously not okay!) or dismissing people like me telling them I have a dog phobia and allowing their dog to jump on me even when I tell them why I would appreciate them keeping their dog out of my personal space because I would prefer not to have a panic attack at the moment. Respect is a two way street.
Post # 53
Yeah I’m not exactly his biggest fan either.
Post # 54
Definitely! My cousin hates dogs and she always pushes my dogs away when they want scratches/kisses. It bugs me everytime. My FSIL’s boyfriend also calls my dogs “rat dogs” he grew up with bigger dogs so every little dog is a rat dog, annoys the heck out of me. I wonder if he gets the point when I physically pick up my dog everytime he goes near FSIL’s boyfriend.
My one dog is 8 pounds, small yes but sooo cute (yorkie/havanese) and my other is 20 pounds. How is that a rat dog?
Post # 56
People please do not drag up her threads no matter what the topic.
Post # 57
Oh hell no, if they disrespect my dogs which are like my children, then they disrespect me and byee Felicia