“A dog is the only thing on Earth that loves you more than you love yourself” -Josh Billings
I truly believe there is a physiological difference between people who don’t like dogs and those who do. There is also a big difference between “not wanting” and “hating” dogs.
I ran into someone today who hates dogs. So much so, she goes out of her way to look down her nose anytime one crosses her path. She bugs me. Come on, who hates dogs – all dogs – without exception?
People that do not want dogs are an okay group of folks. It may be that their lives do not allow time to properly care for a beloved companion. Others may have allergies, or a true fear of animals. Whatever the reason they choose to not own a dog is acceptable in my world.
It breaks my heart when someone who owns a dog but doesn’t treat them like a part of the family. They only provide the necessities and no companionship. Why then even have a dog? Dogs, like humans, need love and affection for their well being.
For a dog to be tied up or left in a pen outside with minimal contact is incomprehensible to me. If a person cannot be good to a creature, how are they going to be kind to a human being who is way more demanding than a pet could ever be?
Then there are the people who say they hate dogs. They really bother me! Hate is such a definite statement, I wish people would think twice before saying it. To say outright that you hate dogs, in my opinion, it is an insensitive statement from an ignorant and closed-minded person. Their opinions and attitudes are of a hostile nature, right up there with the “I hate this or I hate that” whatever else.
I am more of a dog person than a cat person, but to say I hate cats would never enter my mind. I don’t hate them, I would just rather not have one as a pet.
I feel like people who just “hate” dogs tend to be more wrapped up in themselves and emotionally incapable of any particular real depth of feelings or displaying of affection. If they are emotionally incapable, then how can they have any meaningful relationship?
A lot of the people I know who hate dogs, cats, or pets in general are also really picky about a lot of other things. We all know the persnickety anal types who would not stand to clean up a mess or ever get dirty. I don’t understand them and find them to be very cold-hearted individuals lacking any nurturing and loving instinct.
My grandmother always told me to beware of anyone that children and dogs do not like or trust. I have always found this to be an excellent measure of a person.
Now I feel much better for getting that off my chest!
I will admit that I am a little biased!