|Barked: Sat Apr 7, '12 1:31pm PST |
|Hey all. This is going to be pretty rant-y, so hopefully I don't sound too stupid or offend anyone. Anyway... I'm 20, live on my own and have a male shih-tzu mix. I am in school and I've always been very responsible and independent. When I take my dog into a pet store such as Pet Valu or Petsmart, a lot of people seem to give me dirty looks and ignore my dog. It happens sometimes when we go for walks too.
Even Carter's vet gave me a lecture on how you never hit a dog to discipline them when he was there for a routine check-up and shots! I was so hurt and offended. I have never abused an animal and loathe people that do. As a matter of fact, I rescued Carter from his previous owner, who used to be abusive... apparently she would hit him over the head all the time and lock him in the bathroom. It still breaks my heart when I think about it, because this little dog is my world and he's super sweet and usually really well behaved (although he does have his moments... lol). And to clarify, he wasn't acting strange or fearful of the vet, had nothing wrong with him physically or otherwise, so there was no reason for her to make it sound like I was an animal abuser. After this vet encounter, I started thinking more and more about how people react to us in the pet stores and combined with the vet visit, that was when I really started to think people might have something against me and/or my dog because I'm a "young" dog owner.
I guess it upsets me even more because out of the people I know with dogs, I take the best care of mine(which should also be saying a lot because they have far more money than I do!). He is always nicely groomed, has a cute matching harness and leash, behaves pretty well in public, and is fed high quality food AND treats! I also brush his teeth everyday, and brush his fur everyday, and he has about 20 toys. He's a good dog that is well taken care of (and certainly spoiled in regard to toys haha) and I'm a pretty nice, down to earth owner, so what gives? Has anyone else noticed anything like this before?
Edited by author Sat Apr 7, '12 2:33pm PST
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