If you have a dog, you know that not everyone understands your attachment to your canine companion. Below are a few things that people sometimes say to dog owners that can really get on a devoted pet parent’s nerves:
Your dog doesn’t understand what you’re saying.
Dogs may not know the English language, but that doesn’t mean they don’t know how to communicate. There’s a good chance your dog has picked up a few words (walk, treat, etc.), and an equally good chance your pup knows you well enough to understand the tone and inflection in your voice. Dogs also tend to be very in tune with their owner’s body language, so whether you’re sad or happy, your sweet canine companion probably can tell. Dogs understand a lot more than some people give them credit for, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
Your dog is costing you too much money.
There’s no denying that paying for medications and veterinary bills for a sick pet can add up quickly, but decisions regarding your pet’s treatment should be made with your family and your veterinarian. Don’t let other people stick their nose in your financial situation if you’re doing what you feel is best.
Dogs shouldn’t be allowed on the furniture.
While some pet parents may choose not to allow their dogs in their bed or on the furniture, others welcome it. Spending time and cuddling with your dog can lower blood pressure, reduce stress, and fight depression. If you want your dog on the furniture, don’t worry about the non-dog-lovers lack of understanding.
Your dog passed away? When are you getting another one?
Someone who’s never owned a dog might not understand just how deep the bond can be. Allow yourself to experience the grieving process and follow your own intuition about when the right time is to adopt a new canine companion. While you may be able to eventually welcome a new dog into your heart and home, no dog is ever replaceable.