|Barked: Fri Feb 15, '13 5:29pm PST |
|Being a little brash seems common on the internet. I guess because many people find it easier to be such when no one can see who's typing. If I find myself getting an attitude, I just take a deep breath and remind myself that I'm speaking to another [i]person[/i]. Golden rule comes in handy there. Treat others as you yourself would want to be treated. If I want help, I want to get respectful, polite answers, wouldn't I? People who are rehashing what they've read are just trying to help. So, I give them the benefit of a doubt. I was like that at one point. I grew out of it as I grew up, and now I only post if I've had experience or at least know someone who has, so can be of some help. But sometimes, those people, get defensive when you ask for further help. I find it's often best to just skip the negative posts and move on.
There are some hot button issues where if you mention something once, no one reads the rest of your post and just jumps to answering. As you mentioned, tethering/chaining is one of them. I have family and friends who chain and tether (as in the red cords), but I myself don't. My two love bugs (Sandy and Sweeney) are perfectly content being indoor dogs. But I don't have a fenced in yard, so, those red cords help give them outside time when they're not being walked. They're only outside on them when I'm there to watch, and never for extended periods of time. But if I posted about that on certain sites, I'm likely to get accused of leaving them on chains all day. Because someone, somewhere would see "tether" and "outside" and stop reading there. They're trying to be helpful, but this is also the internet. And tone is hard to read.
I'm sorry you've had such bad experiences. I've found Dogster mostly helpful, though, in the almost six years I've been here. So, I hope you decide to stick around. Congrats on your Akita. They're truly beautiful dogs. Which, I admit, I have no experience with.
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