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Old 04-01-2013, 07:19 AM
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Reading these almost make me thankful that I usually only get a few annoying comments, most people just say how adorable she is and ask how old she is... since most people have no idea what a Papillon is and assume she must be a puppy. People used to mistake her for a Border Collie puppy when she was six months old, but even then, most eight week old puppies were bigger than she was.

"Your dog kind of looks like a rat..." (can't name how many guy friends have said this, although I know most of them say it in a joking way)

"Is she friendly?" (not a bad question, but seeing as how she's licking your fingers and wagging her tail... I think it might be a good assumption... plus what kind of owner would I be to be letting you pet my aggressive dog?"

I don't tend to get a lot of questions about her, but sometimes little comments from my friends set me off because there among the lines of "you don't set enough boundaries for Cali". It bugs me because Cali does have a lot of boundaries, and I'd consider myself one of the few above average dog owners around here... since I see maybe one dog on a walk every two weeks, maybe two. All the others are either stuck in the house or on a chain outside barking at passer-bys.
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Old 04-01-2013, 07:25 AM
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For Harlow:
"Wow! She is so soft! You must spend a lot of time giving her a lot of baths."
Actually, I don't brush her... or give her baths more than once or twice a year.
"So, she must take vitamins or some sort of soft dog pills."
Nope... She just eats high quality food.

"I can see your dog's ribs."
Oh, really?! You know what, now that you mention it, I can too! Yes I fecking know that you can see my dogs ribs. She has a high metabolism, a fair amount of energy, and that amount of exercise to match. Plus, the fact that your dog has a fat roll bigger than my face tells me you don't really know much about body condition.

For Rider:
"I've seen those cattle dogs before. They eat couches and bite people." Or, this one came from a friend... "We rescued one of those cattle dogs before, and it ate our sprinklers and tore up our yard. I wouldn't get one if I were you."
Number one, they are a very intelligent and higher energy breed, so they WILL get bored if not given a job and proper exercise, which will then lead into destructive behavior.

In general:
"Why would you get another dog? What is a waiting list? Why are you going all the way to Wyoming? What is health and temperament testing? I saw there were puppies for sale in the newspaper, just get one of those."
Number one, I do not want children. My dogs are my children. Yes, it may seem like a lot to you, but it is a perfect number for us. Number two, because there is such a thing as reputable breeding, learn about it! Don't just roll your eyes at me and tell me I'm wasting my money on ANOTHER dog I don't even need. And the breed I'm getting bites people and will destroy my couches.
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Old 04-01-2013, 07:53 AM
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"Did you just adopt him? He's SO skinny!"

Nope, he's a pit bull and he's a lean dog that gets exercise.

"Those dogs are smart. You need to train them and give them a job."

I had no idea! I made it almost 9 months and haven't killed either of us yet... AND he's well-behaved!

*STARES at Frag* "I grew up with German Shepherds and bred them, can I pet him? They all love me!"

You're staring down my already agitated dog, and you think he will be your friend? NO.
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Old 04-01-2013, 07:54 AM
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For when I had Chevelle:

What kind of pit is she?
She's not a pit at all, she's a dog, but more specifically, an American Pit Bull Terrier. There's no other kind.

Oh she's so sweet for a pit bull!
Most dogs her breed are sweet.

For Malyk:

He must be a Great Dane mix.
Nope, pure bred Rhodesian Ridgeback... And then sometimes they insist he has to be mixed to be so big.

Shouldn't a big dog like that be thicker? He seems thin.
That's because he's healthy. And he's a sight hound. He is exactly how he should be.
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Old 04-01-2013, 07:59 AM
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Mira is a Labrador or Golden mix. My insight into this is irrelevant, for they know it to be true. Or occasionally a Newfie, because Newfies top out around 50lbs and don't have an undercoat.

Webster is a Miniature German Shepherd because he looks exactly like one but tiny. And only German Shepherds come in that color! (Actually sir so do most terriers, most hounds, Corgis, Shelties, Beagles (these never count as hounds for some reason)...shall I go on?) Does he shed? Because I should really breed him because everyone would want a MGS. (Sorry, ma'am, I'd pimp him out but alas I had his testicles chopped off and the vet won't give them back).

And the usual, "You have SO MANY DOGS." Yep. And you have so many cars. And kids. And...yeah nevermind I'm outta here

Also everyone who meets or even just sees Webster screams "THOSE EARS!!!???" but I can't really blame them for that one. I've lived with the guy for nearly five years and I still have that reaction sometimes
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Old 04-01-2013, 08:15 AM
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The gasp when I say I have two pit bulls. A respectable young girl like you can't possibly have such evil demons and call them pets!

The question if I have a big yard followed by my explanation that I never leave dogs outside alone and seeing people confused or write me off as dangerously paranoid.
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Old 04-01-2013, 08:28 AM
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The "jokes" about how she must have run into a parked car or a patio door or this or that.

The constant "she has breathing problems right?" Uhh no she doesn't, she's breathing right now.

Or the ever surprise people going "oh my god she's so skinny! Aren't pugs supposed to be fat? Poor dog!"
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Old 04-01-2013, 08:44 AM
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Or the ever surprise people going "oh my god she's so skinny! Aren't pugs supposed to be fat? Poor dog!"
We have the coolest little pug that is in our agility practice group now, and I'm probably the annoying one who constantly exclaims "Oh my god it is so nice to see a fit pug!". Hopefully that's less annoying than complaining that she's too skinny!
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Old 04-01-2013, 08:52 AM
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We have the coolest little pug that is in our agility practice group now, and I'm probably the annoying one who constantly exclaims "Oh my god it is so nice to see a fit pug!". Hopefully that's less annoying than complaining that she's too skinny!
Oh if people say that it doesn't bother me. She IS fit and it's not implying she's something she's not supposed to be.
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Old 04-01-2013, 08:52 AM
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"Is she friendly?" (not a bad question, but seeing as how she's licking your fingers and wagging her tail... I think it might be a good assumption... plus what kind of owner would I be to be letting you pet my aggressive dog?"
I get this all the time with Bristol, who is my attention ***** (as long as you don't pick her up). I bring her to the hotel I work at and anyone new inevitably asks "will she bit me" now what kind of owner would I be if I brought my dog that bites to my very public job? And furthermore let her sit in the chairs in the customer part of the lobby? Meanwhile Bristol is turning herself I die freaking out trying to get this person to shake a paw and love on her lol.
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