2 min read (Articles narrated by Mabel)
I’ve noticed that humans tend to assume things about each other often. They might not say it out loud, but their judging expressions speak for them. But there’s no need to be ashamed. All humans do it (and maybe some dogs do too), but they can choose how they act afterwards. So, what do I mean by this?
Common Dog Parent Assumptions
Molly knows that she’s guilty of being a judgy dog parent. When she sees people walking designer puppies, she’s quick to assume they were from a breeder. When she sees someone buying low-quality dog food, she assumes they don’t care about their dog’s health. But most of the time, these are just quick thoughts in her head and nothing more. She often feels bad for letting her mind think these things.
But the truth is, we never know what’s going on in someone else’s life. The fancy-looking puppy could’ve been a rescue. After all, you never know when someone will abandon or surrender the puppy they just bought. Or maybe they did buy the puppy from a pet store, but now they’ve learned their lesson since. And as for dog food and other products, not everyone researches as much, so they might not know the food isn’t the best. Or maybe their dog is extremely picky and that’s all they’ll eat. Or maybe they’re buying the cheapest food so they can donate it. You just never know!
After all, I’m sure a lot of people look at me and assume I’m from a breeder. What can I say? I’m just the cutest Shih Tzu ever. But of course, Molly is a proud rescue dog mom, and the last thing she’d want is people assuming she supported a breeder instead of a rescue.
Dog Parents Need to Work Together!
So, instead of making assumptions about fellow dog parents and then judging them for their decisions, humans need to give each other the benefit of the doubt. Instead of assuming the worst in others, assume the best. After all, they’re in the same boat as you. They’re just trying to give their dogs the best life possible.
My point is that all dog parents have something in common: a love for dogs! So, they shouldn’t be fighting or turning their backs on each other. Instead, they should work together to make this world as great for dogs if possible. Of course, you can keep encouraging people to adopt when the time is right, but don’t be rude about it. It’s important to help dogs while also spreading kindness, so keep that in mind on your day-to-day basis.
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