(Closed) Things you wish you could say to people…

posted 9 years ago in Pets
Post # 47
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Bee Keeper

My parents have a GSP, but he’s solid liver color.  🙂  We actually weren’t sure what he was at first because the “breeder” (I say that so very sarcastically now…) said he was a vizsla.  Well, those are red, he is dark brown.  But he’s solid colored, so I guess the guy selling him wasn’t sure he was a GSP.

Post # 48
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

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@MightySapphire: Um thats horrible. GSP look NOTHING like Vizslas. People baffle me.

Post # 49
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Is that a miniature doberman? umm..no because that’s not a real thing – she’s a miniature pinscher, closely related to the German Pinscher which is a much older breed than Dobermans, thanks. 

I understand how one of the bees said something like these questions dont seem like a big deal, but they are if you can’t walk around the block without hearing them 20 times.

People act really offended when I tell them they can’t pet my dog, but sometimes she is friendly and other times she waits until someone gets very close and then barks really loud in their face… and then if she barks (no biting or snapping) they accuse her of trying to attack them. I already told you she isnt always friendly, so if you’d stop shoving your hand in her face I’d really appreciate it. 

Which leads me to my next point, so you read somewhere that you should let dogs sniff you first? That should mean on their own terms, not by invading her space and smooshing your hand into her nose/mouth area!

One of the worst run-ins while walking my 15 lb dog with my friend and her 5 lb dog was when 2 very large unleashed dogs came running off the porch of a bunch of people who were drinking and grilling – the dog owner came to grab the big dogs, but his [email protected] friends started yelling things like “get em” and “kill em.” I actually considered calling animal control, but the dogs and the owner were fairly reasonable, and there aren’t any laws prohibiting the dogowner’s friends from being drunk and stupid!

I’ve heard of other people getting rid of their dogs when they have kids, and I just can’t imagine what would make you think that’s okay. That is part of the reason that since my pup was 6 weeks old, I’ve been letting the kids we know harrass her (within reason) and making sure she is not possessive at all about food or toys by taking it right out of her mouth/bowl. 

On a side note, I’m really tempted to buy my dog one of those t-shirts that says “I only bark at stupid people.”

 

Post # 50
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

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@futuremrshc:

We have a black cat, when anyone finds out they start the supersticious crap. We do kinda have bad luck, and many people think it’s our cat. It gets really annoying that anytime something happens the first thing we hear is “Get rid of that cat!!”.

Oooh, that makes me mad!!! Black cats (and dogs) have the lowest adoption rates out there.  I read that it’s due to a combination of dumb-ass superstition (for the cats, anyway) and not being able to make out their eyes as clearly, since they blend in with their faces.  I didn’t know that when we adopted our kitty, but I’m keeping it in mind in for when we adopt again. It’s not the animals’ fault that people have ridiculous stuperstition about the color they were born. >:(

Post # 51
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

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@saraja87: I have a sheltie too – he’s on the large side. People also assume he’s a collie and call him Lassie. I’m also sick of people telling me that when he herds and/or phantom-nips (he doesn’t actually nip, just looks like he is) that he’s going to maim a child’s face one day. WTF? No he is not! Good lord.

I had someone come over once to a get together we had at our house. Our dog was a puppy at the time (less than 1 y/o) ..this was only in October.. and he jumped and the man said, “if he jumps again I”ll kick him.” Dead seriously. Um, no, you will not kick my dog, thankyouverymuch!

Post # 52
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

ugh! i hate when people feed my dog “people food” without asking me first!! Would you walk up to somebody’s child and feed them without asking? How do you know my dog isn’t allergic?

(I’m not gonna lie, we give him real food, but I try to keep it healthy for the most part. He loves raw veggies! I make sure i research before giving him anything new though!)

I have a family member who let their daughter feed my dog macaroni & cheese. Seriously people!? When he gets diarrhea & shits on the carpet, YOU get to clean it up! 

Post # 53
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

@sorrycharlie Oh man do I remember this! Our boy used to “herd” my sister, her friends and our cousins when they would run around in the backyard. There was always someone who assumed that his wagging tail, joyful barks and phantom nips (he never actually nipped anyone either) meant that he was secretly waiting to maul them. 

Post # 54
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I hate it when people let their kids run up to my dog and don’t even ask if it’s okay for them to pet him.  Thankfully he’s never exhibited any aggressive behaviors & he’s very chill so he would never hurt a kid, but they still make him very nervous.  I also want to yell at people who just traipse around with an unleashed dog.  Saying “He’s friendly” doesn’t mean shit to me.  There’s a woman in my complex who lets her GSD off leash and while I’m sure he’s very sweet, he could snap my dog’s neck in a heartbeat if my dog pissed him off in some way.

Post # 55
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

It’s been posted a few times, but I’m totally reiterating the fact that it’s so annoying when people think they can just go right up to a dog and pet it.  Even worse when they do nothing when their kids run up to the dog.  I used to have a small dog that would get aggressive with strangers, and I always made sure to keep him away from other people when out walking, but it really amazed me when I would warn people coming my way “he’s not friendly!” only to get a response of “oh, it’s ok! i love dogs!”

I would just scoop him up, glare at them, and walk away.

I got even more passive aggressive with approaching children, and would make sure to say loudly so their parents could hear that my dog isn’t friendly and you should ALWAYS ask the owner if the dog is friendly before coming up to it.

To answer the OP’s question, my parents have scottish deerhounds, and are constantly asked (or sometimes, rather, TOLD) that they’re irish wolfhounds.  Completely understandable mistake, but making tshirts with “No, it’s a Scottish Deerhound” on the front might be kind of helpful for them.  (Also, “no, they don’t have saddles” for the back of the shirts).

Post # 56
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

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@mightywombat: My little dog is actually black, and the big one is a black tri (so I suppose that makes her ok), but I never thought that people avoid black animals. I know there are a ton of black labs, but everyone I know likes them, and as far as black cats go, while I don’t personally want one, I always assume they’re Bombays and that their owners love them. My husband LOVES gray tabby barn cats while I find them boring, to me, it’s the same thing. Weird.

Post # 57
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

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@farmgirl2106: Since this is for shelters, it might not apply to purebreds like labs.  If you google “black pet adoption,” you’ll see tons of sites that talk about it. I suppose they could be based on false data, but that’s what I’ve heard.

Post # 58
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Helper bee

Since I’m a behaviorist and people like to pay me to say what they don’t want to hear, I get away with saying things most people wouldn’t. My business card says “No, I’m not a trainer. I can’t teach your dog to sit. However, I can fix every problem you have caused.” 

I have a boxer. He’s 11, looks like a boxer, acts like a boxer, his papers say he’s a boxer. The new manager of my apartment complex decided after I’d been here for 3 years, my dog amazingly changed breeds and is a pit. Not that there’s anything wrong with pitties, I love them dearly and am an advocate for them. But he tried to argue with AKC papers. 

I get the random moron wandering up and touching my dog. I was at a local pet shop one afternoon recently where I know the owners and was picking up my general large order of supplies when a parent with two toddlers suggested they “run over and hug the puppy”. I turned around and wanted to ask the parent if they had less common sense than God gave a goat, because my dog was actively backing away from the children, trying to avoid them (he is a trained therapy dog, but he has learned that toddlers hurt) and they kept encouraging the kids to hug the puppy. I did not hide my irritation when I suggested the parent call their children. What I got was a snarky reply about how unfriendly dog owners like me shouldn’t take our dogs in public. I smiled and said “yes, because parents without common sense seem to be running rampant.” Rude yes. I’ve never been one for being subtle when in the presence of stupidity. 

Post # 59
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I understand that chihuahuas have a bad rep for being mean and protective  but my chi is also half jack russel and super super sweet. But whenever I walk him, parents always tell their children, “Don’t touch that chihuahua!!!! They’re mean dogs!!!” 🙁

Post # 60
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

“She is a dog, not a cat.  I am not out walking my cat on a leash.”

“No, you may not pet her…she’s little and cute, but she’ll FLIP OUT, and if she eats your child whom I didn’t invite to pet her and ignored me when I said she’ll bite, I’m sorry.  I have her on a leash so that she doesn’t bother your child.  Does your child need to be on a leash so she doesn’t bother my dog?”

🙂

Post # 61
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I had a rotty, so naturally people were afraid of her.  She was the sweetest dog ever and would never hurt anyone.  I hated it when parents pulled their kids away if they saw my girl coming towards them!!!

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