|Barked: Sun Jan 31, '10 8:37am PST |
|I totally know what you mean, Mickeyfinn. And let me say, Bichons aren't my breed of choice... but you're a very adorable bichon.
I had so much trouble finding a forum I'm comfortable on. I have such an odd combination of dogs, that I just didn't feel welcome anywhere. Most of the small dog forums I tried ruined it with a pit bull or big dog post. One that I was on had a post about a dog who had mauled and sadly killed a yorkie. The yorkie owner had his dog outside, unleashed and lived next door to a person with a big dog that was always outside. So, it's obvious that, sadly, the situation could've been prevented (by both parties), yet most of the people on the forum were attacking the big dog, talking about how all "pit bulls" were evil and bloodthirsty and whatnot (it wasn't even said that the dog was a pit bull number one, number two the dog weighed about 110 lbs, if I remember correctly). Only me and one other person defended pit bulls. Pointing out that situation could've been prevented and that the dog was too big to be a pit bull. Needless to say, I left the site. Because Lilo happens to be a pit bull. Ugg. Then on a pit bull forum I was on, there was a thread about small dogs. Almost everyone who posted complained about how all small dogs are mean. All of them are ankle biters. All of them are spoiled. All small dog owners are the Paris Hilton type. Only big dogs are "real dogs". One person even said that small dogs should be banned. And these are people that preach about it being the deed, not the breed. Me and like three other people defended small dogs. I left that site, too. I've learned that on forums, it's always small dogs vs big dogs. It's hard to find a site welcoming to both. Harder to find one welcoming to all breeds (especially chihuahuas and pit bulls. I can't count the number of times someone has told me Lilo will eat my small dogs one day or that my chihuahuas would turn on me one day... some people... geez)
I had found one small dog forum welcoming to all breeds. Sadly, they closed sometime last year I'm on one big dog forum welcoming to all breeds. I still frequent it at least once a month. I'm on a pit bull forum that's... okay... with all breeds. There's an occasional rude comment about small dogs, though. For that reason, I only go there every other month. But, none have been as welcoming as Dogster. On Dogster, it's never about the breed. And when someone does post something rude about one breed or size of dog, everyone else jumps in to defend said dog. They accept you regardless of breed, or size. They even accept you regardless of indoor or outdoor, even though they will try and educate (hey, they're only trying to help). And most of the foodies are even nice about helping with food. (I've been on some forums that are just downright rude about food. I've been on some that will tell you that you don't care about your dog if you feed Purina. That's just mean. On Dogster, we all know we all care. We just try to educate.) Dogster is all about the dogs.It doesn't matter who's on the other end of the screen. No one ever asks about me. Only about my dogs. Because, on Dogster, everyone loves all dogs. And that's one of the things I love about Dogster.
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