Dog Versus Wildlife

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Endeavors to restore urban forests have opened my eyes to Earth’s ultimatum of the day – domesticated or wild– as shown in this case, domesticated dogs vs wildlife. Urban natural spaces are mostly seen as places for dogs to be wild and free. But focusing on the true wild life, I see habitat harm in action. Their paws compacting native seedlings and disturbing soil, creating a condition favoring invasive seeds to set and sprout. Their noises, scents, and even just their presence alarming mammals and flushing brush birds decreasing fauna diversity. Their feces and urine tainting the land and creeks, in the end polluting ocean habitation. Finally, it was their mauling of a forest’s sole remaining fox (see Animal Control Officer’s Report), and reading Lee Hall’s On Their Own Terms: Animal Liberation for the 21st Century, that motivates this essay.

May this serve as a calling to those who love and tend to dogs to reflect on their relationship and focus concern to nature. Why them? Because they are the ones who tune in with empathy, who do not hesitate when compassion demands action, who sacrifice with eternal loyalty. Those are the qualities needed if a diversity of animal lives is to remain viable, even for entire species to exist. But an expanded mindset does not come easy. There is always a quandary. A barrier to overcome. A predicament. A hard choice that, in this case, is no less than life or death. Here a change in mind begins with a confrontation on the domesticated dog that challenges the core of what it means to be human. To domesticate is to dominate is to master another. No matter how compassionately it’s done, in the end perpetual states of this kind of control have regrettable outcomes. That outcome is approaching.

Accompanying the bloating abundance of domesticated dogs is the burst of businesses heaping ample attention onto them. Lesser but parallel attention is paid to waning wildlife. Where is discussion of domesticated dogs’ effect on wildlife decline? Does this candid conversation topic ring too taboo for mainstream discourse? There are professional studies in professional journals on specific species impacted by dogs, but the degree of overall impact remains unstudied and unknown. Still, a literature review confirms commonsense; human bred pet and feral dogs are degrading and displacing wildlife habitats, including that of their own free relations. (see resources)

While Earth’s ill-health has distended into conventional thought, contributing causes and consequences continue to broaden in scope. Concern is launching into how human food procurement impacts Earth’s ecosystems, particularly animal agriculture. With a breech across the mainstream taboo of criticizing the custom of pets, a study revealed up to 30% of farmed animal ‘products’ are fed to pets in the US. (see Environmental Impact of Food Consumption by Dogs and Cats) While animal agriculture is targeted as the prime culprit, agriculture itself is beginning to come under scrutiny. Hall reminds fellow vegans that all farming displaces wildlife habitats. (p. 65)

The ‘dog in the park’ issue is the ‘canary in the mine’, a litmus test on our aptitude to end our reign of destruction if not even to save ourselves. If we cannot reverse our ‘dominion over wild’ mindset, we are doomed to dominate bioregions across Earth to death.

Domesticated Human Mindset on its Domesticated Dog

(W)olves, who attend to the demands of their own communities, not ours, are vilified for existing anywhere near us. While our domesticated dogs number in the hundreds of millions, their ancestral community is deemed a collective threat to subdue. We have gradually exterminated animals who scare us, and produced other animals who will accommodate our desires. And we end up calling it love. Domestication has become so customary that few people question it and most extol it… Increasingly, animals who aren’t amenable to playing a role within our society are hooked off the world stage. (Hall, pp 77-8)

One characteristic that moves humans to keep animals in existence is appealing physical features or actions that humans cherish as cute. When some humans feel enchanted by a nonhuman animal, they want to bring her as close as possible, to touch her, to play with her, to feed her. Eliciting an animal to respond to cues is justified with a rationale that interaction with nonhuman animals is a human right, a pure ideal. That ideal is fixed to our dominant position. Free living animals by and large interact and share affection with their own kind. Why have we sculpted unnatural inter-species relationships? In Dominance & Affection: The Making of Pets, Yi_Fu Tuan asserts “…dominance may be combined with affection, and what is produced is the pet.” (p. 2). Are we aware of our dominance when we do something like separate an 8-week-old puppy from its mother and siblings? Hall challenges us to “recognize dominion in all of its forms: an imposed vulnerability to human control, no matter how adorable the dependent animal might appear to us.” (p. 8)

Our calling to connect with animals reflects our deep calling to return to nature. But like dogs, we no longer know our place in the wild, or how to live mutualistically with wildlife. The pet dog normative is at its very essence a grieving of and striving to restore lost connections. Through domestication our kind has stripped from both ourselves and dogs the wild connections for which we both intrinsically yearn. Misdirected attempts to quench our longing only remove wildness from us further. In our very existence as civilized beings, we and our domesticated animal extensions are bound to degrade and displace our longed-for nature home, making our return from civilization to nature imperative.

When confronted with environmental harm of their pet, dog activists’ denial runs swift and steep. Some reactive minds extend concern for wildlife to concern for domesticated dogs, somehow including pets in the sphere of wildlife. This confusion hints at human’s innate focus on animals, while disremembering how we have bio-engineered the wild out of some of them. When they concede that their dogs do not live free in the wild, and probably couldn’t, another flawed justification inevitably springs forth as reason their dogs are entitled to priority over free living animals.

The dog activist mind positions dogs as victims while ignoring their dogs’ harms to wild animals and their habitat. They express their motives as altruistic. They are humbly taking on responsibility to ‘rescue’ pets from abusers and certain death. There is scientific evidence that dogs make humans happy. Reminders of the plight of wildlife, species extinctions and such, does not relent their attention, time, energy, money, undying devotion to their dogs – their choice is made. And when the harm is direct, and in front of their eyes, their poor dogs are deserving of the harm they do. Dogs are ‘part of the family’. To judge dogs is to threaten a family member. Besides, they spay and neuter to help bring down dog overpopulation. It’s the breeders who are to blame. They are trying to fix the problem the breeders create.

In civilization and particularly under capitalism, ‘rescuing’ pets itself is self-defeating merely by contributing to the pet hype. Partaking in pet customs inevitably feeds the frenzy. The more dollars humans spend on dogs (currently billions/year) the greater the quantity needing ‘rescue’ will inevitably be. It’s market principles, high demand will draw up supply. And the market too is manipulating demand through advertising and such, spiraling into a dizzying fury of pets and profits. Those who conform with the pet normative are colluding with packaging dogs as products. Ah, but they can’t help that, so says the dog activist mind.

Just as they can’t change that early humans breeding the wild out of wolves. It was a symbiotic relationship, and remains so today, they claim. Wolves and humans grew close through mutual aid. They helped us with the hunt, provided us protection, and we fed and protected them in return. While it may have been a symbiotic relationship at one point, humans have bred select canines to the point where they are now parasitic, and not by their choice. By hyper-molding dogs to suit our pleasures, our species has genetically altered dogs into forms that have lost ability to thrive independently. Airs of mutuality between today’s dominant humans and their reliant dogs are incredulous. If there was at some point human-canine agreement to aid each other in lives of our own pursuit, it vanished long ago.

In reply to the damage dogs do to wildlife habitats, there is also the ‘they do it too’ defense, Wild animals disturb soils and water and other animals too, wild animals are no different. But they are different. Over time wild species co-adapt and form thriving, biodiverse, resilient communities. An ecosystem is flush in a symbiosis that humans have domesticated out of dogs. If a free-living species grows too prolific, adjustments and adaptations are made to maintain homeostasis. Wildlife control their own and others’ population rates. On the other hand, a hallmark of domestication, including human domesticated dogs, is over-breeding, invasion and colonization. The more dogs encroach into wild communities, the less healthy and resilient those communities become.

Humans have bred dogs for a lifeway outside nature, like them. As much as humans adore and try to encourage their dogs’ connection with nature, they are now too far removed. The feat of the modern human-dog relationship has external impacts that contradict and impede altruistic motives. “Domestication, captivity, or control are often taken for symbiosis. But these actions don’t bring us into harmony with the rest of the living world.” (Hall, p. 116) In their current form, the core role dogs have in nature is destroyer. Destroyer of the place in which descendants of their living genetic ancestors are struggling to live. How did we end up here?

History of the Human-Dog Association

The dream that ferocious animals, on the approach of man, would kneel in docility and thus be a fit companion in a perfect world may be among the most vainglorious of human aspirations. (Tuan, p. 85)

The symbiotic relationship that dog activists highlight was present in Neolithic settlements. Over 5,000 years ago humans began to exploit dogs through breeding for specialized uses, such as guarding or hunting for sustenance, much later hunting for sport. As civilization crept forward humans bred for pleasure of play or companionship. Compared to other animals their temperament was more mailable to manipulate, which resulted in high interest. Desired traits were playfulness, dependence, socialness, loyalty and compliance. As hierarchy intensified so too intensified biological manipulation. Refined humans bred for status, with beauty and rarity of very precise physical features deemed valuable. (Tuan, pp 103-104) The more specialized the desired traits became, the more the breeding process required human intervention. Breeding ranged from humans choosing the dog mates and keeping them alone during the time the female is in heat, to physically binding the female down for the male to mount against her will. All pet dogs today are contrived constructs of human design, and the product of human coercion and rape. (Tuan, 106-109)

Dogs have been methodically manipulated into a fixed state of biologically dependent juveniles to ease the task of keeping them. Humans bred obedient disposition to acquire their compliance with being restrained to the confines of domesticated places. The dogs of today were bred for our chosen interests, not theirs, to fulfill our uses and desires, signaling human power over them and human power in general. It is not a coincidence that as civilization rose, so rose human’s desire for a sense of power over animals. Canines proved to be the perfect mark.

While in the beginning free living human-canine interactions were mutual, freely choosing to meet their interests with one another, as humans civilized the relationship transformed. Basis underlying subconscious feelings and motivations is implied. For example, as humans disconnected from life in nature, the human-canine relationship took on the role of filling the void of humans’ diminishing intimacy of natural human lifeways.

It was easy to entertain warm feelings toward animals that seemed to have no other function than as playthings. Moreover, humans needed an outlet for their gestures of affection and this was becoming more difficult to find in modern society as it began to segment and isolate people into their private spheres, to discourage casual physical contact, and to frown upon the enormously satisfying stances of patronage, such as laying one’s hand on another’s shoulder. (Tuan, p 112)

An interesting topic to study further would be how human touching has evolved from primitive to civilized cultures, and how our biotic social needs such as touch are misdirected, and consequences when our basic needs remain unmet.

Today human domination, much less affection through domination, has grown to be a prevalent accepted norm to the point that it no longer requires justification. Dogs are outright exploited for hunting, police, companion animals for civilization’s lonely, etc. Motivations are not questioned even if they are for pride, or entertainment. The happy nuclear family with a thoroughly tamed dog family member myth prevails. Under capitalism fury humans’ subjugated dogs’ interests are gaining in expense. It almost appears dogs are the masters. But humans’ seemingly submissive acts of spending money on dogs and picking up dogs’ feces reveals the lengths to which human masters will go to maintain their arrangement of dominance. It is still the pet owner who decides how and when his dog property will live or leave or die, not the other way around. While wolves and pre-civilized humans may have had a mutual relationship, the relationship between domesticated humans and domesticated dogs is forever destined for power imbalance.

As for intangible costs of having dogs, they are not questioned, even if the cost of running dogs off trail to play wild is the sole remaining fox in a forest. Where resistance rises against humans dominating wildlife via their domesticated dogs, it is ignored or put down. To this indifferent audience Hall puts forth the fateful assessment humankind needs to heed: “(T)he idea that our domesticated animals trump animals we haven’t domesticated is… self-serving and environmentally dangerous.” (p. 116)

Aligning Motives with Actions, Journey Back to Nature

Assuming the motive is altruistic, beware that our caring ways can be succumb to distortion. Hall explains:

Are we taking a hard look at how our good instinct to help and care has given rise to a custom that forces other beings to look to us for care, and to be stuck inside this reliance? When we bring into existence other animals whose very being involves dependence upon us, a dependence they cannot outgrow, the unequal relationship is not mitigated by caring…

We need a social movement that inspires us to respect nonhuman animals, to want them to remain capable of living and thriving in the habitats to which they’ve naturally adapted, rather than be alienated from those spaces… To let wolves… run their own lives. After all, why should any one group (humans, that is) come along and expect all others to conform to its desires – and then justify this by applying the governing group’s idea of care? (p. 5)

If pet customs do more harm than good, what next? Hall calls animal liberationists to “transcend the urge to tame” ( p. 88) Here, humans who are considering taking a dog to a natural area, or breeding or adopting a dog, or in other ways getting involved in the pet ethos, are called to transcend the urge to participate.

This is an either/or dilemma, pets versus wildlife, and even domesticated pets versus domesticated ‘food’ animals. The decision to curb or abstain from participating is mandated by all the farmed animals kept and killed for dog food, all the wild animals whose habitats are encroached into or replaced by farms and garbage dumps speckled with empty dog food containers and plastic bags of dog feces, and by wildlife pushed out of space, and suffering direct encounters like the mauled fox. In memory of them, this is a calling to reflect on wilderness, to become aware of feelings for and motives with nature, and to act.

Some may wish to first raise their awareness in regards to their underlying feelings and motivations with dogs. Feelings and motives can be redirected away from domesticated life toward nature connection. For example, someone’s motives for adopting a rescue dog are giving and receiving unconditional love (redirect – give more love to humans by inviting them to join you on nature walks). Comradery with a community of dog owners who gather at the park (redirect – join or organize groups that gather together to remove invasive plants from wildlife habitat). Prestige of the breed as a status symbol (redirect – either explore releasing that drive of power or readdress it into volunteering at a rehabilitation center for healing wild animals). Self-reliance by using their dog for hunting (redirect – explore less intensive food finding like foraging, food forests, permaculture, wild tending). While this shift intentionally curtails hierarchal thinking and actions, power and control can be helpful if directed toward assisting wilderness vitality. Hall calls for both a “serious movement for animals’ autonomous lives.” (p. 15), and further “an exciting movement, full of risks and bound to meet resistance, but one that could ultimately safeguard Earth’s great biotic community.” (p. 78)

Deeper still, Hall questions humans’ reign over other animals with the broadest scope, “How do they (wild animals) stand a chance as long as we entitle ourselves to the lands on which they live?” (p. 7) How do we change our culture to end our destruction and reverse our domination? As beings ourselves in domesticated form, we instinctively long for a return to our place in nature, but how?

When we become aware that our obsession with dogs represents our misdirected longing to return to nature, we can reengage the nature connection we truly seek. That may be the beginning of humans’ rewilding Earth and ourselves. We can heed the calling to give back, to protect and let expand wild places for wild animals. We can transition, redefine what a human being is. Hall posits that humans shift our self-identity to contributors in an interconnected bio-community,” that we

“cultivate an attitude of respect for other animals by demonstrating that we can stop manipulating them. This means… being mindful of their interests in their lives, communities, and futures on this planet free from our dominion. (p. 70)

We can shift from dominating and destroying to co-existing and co-relating. As to the question of how to proceed with the superfluous, domesticated dogs, a change in our focus from domestication of animals to free life with free animals will eliminate the desire and populist reinforcement to continue breeding them into existence. As free, nature-centered humans rid their desire to play master, we will no longer need dogs to serve us.

The problem is not merely of domesticated dogs, but of humans domesticating. Humans’ habituation into playing master of the world is a hard role to drop, especially in this unavoidable civilized landscape we’ve constructed. As much as we think our reign empowers us with freedoms, it inescapability ensnares us and everything we touch with it. Renouncing our wrangled rule is a last hope for true free life and a feasible future.

(R)elinquishment of dominion is the final frontier – the greatest risk the human spirit could take. For we are primates. In some regions of the planet we’re still the lions’ prey. Maybe it’s no surprise that we’d fashion weapons, and set out to vanquish and tame. That we’d reformulate food chains; invent, subscribe to, and jump to the top of hierarchies, and then justify oppressions – from the “man the hunter” identity, to… everyday bullying… Meanwhile, the planet’s communities of free-living animals are dying… (W)e could challenge ourselves to change: to cultivate respect for… the ecology and the life force that sustains us. (Hall, p. 92)

Wilderness awareness beckons a change that affirms and restores thriving life communities. To give to a nature community is to belong to it. We find our way back to nature by responding to the awareness of domestication’s damage with proportional healing action. That is at first how we will find the place for which we long, in nature.

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“I Hate Dogs and I Am Not a Horrible Human Being”

Some comments posted on The Observer’s essay “I Hate Dogs and I Am Not a Horrible Human Being” by TATIANA GALLARDO, November 8, 2018

Carmen M Smith on November 9th, 2018 7:52 am

It’s about time someone published an article like this! Not everyone likes canines – some of us suffer from cynophobia, which is one of the top phobias around – and some people just don’t care for animals, period (like my brother). I don’t hate dogs, but I can’t say I am enthralled by them either. I don’t understand the mentality of those who claim that dogs are ‘better’ than people, and I find Dog Worship Culture an extreme circlejerk of hive minds and insanity. Dogs are just animals, and to be honest, are more irritating than endearing.

John on December 22nd, 2018 1:35 pm

Bingo you nailed it. I had a person I was dating actually say to me dog people are better than regular people, as you might guess she was a dog person. Don’t want to sit on the furniture or lay in a bed where the dog has had his personal area and rear end rubbing all around. My son’s un-neutered dog will get right in the middle of the living room when you’re watching TV and dry hump a pillow or stuffed animal with his outstretched unit in Plainview right between the people and the TV, I’m not a dog lover

Anonymous on December 24th, 2018 8:16 pm

I’m with you. To me, dogs stink even right after they’ve been bathed. I can’t stand how needy and pesty they are. Always following, underfoot, skulking around and looking for food or attention. And the BARKING. Don’t even get me started. Definitely not for me.

Trisha on December 29th, 2018 6:00 pm

I agree I’m not a dog or cat person I’m a human person. I don’t care to have these animals in my life. If that’s the case I’ll have more kids which I can raise to walk talk and pee and poop and eat and learn to cook and clean up after themselves. That’s a better deal than a dirty filthy animal that I have to constantly clean after, and feed, it’s constant work with dogs. No thank you!!

Thank you on December 30th, 2018 7:54 pm

Ugh, bless you. I am so tired of having to hide the fact that I don’t like dogs. People act like you’re inhuman, yet cat haters have zero problems voicing their disgust or even pretending to have allergies to avoid them.

Dogs are so high maintenance, and maybe you hit the nail on the head with the introvert thing. I despise being followed around and having stinky breath shoved in my face when I get home. I think my misophonia exacerbates the problem…panting, lip smacking, whining, loud crunching and slurping. Makes me ragey just thinking about it, but unfortunately I have to deal with it as my bf has a dog

Linda on January 1st, 2019 8:39 pm

Dogs don’t even belong in the wild. They are a broken product created by humans. I hate them with a passion! And no matter what day, time or where I go there is ALWAYS people walking their stupid dogs! Seriously there is no escape from this dog invasion HELL!!!

Jen on February 5th, 2019 8:58 pm

Yes!!!! I don’t hate them nor do I want them to be mistreated. I just don’t care for them. I don’t want to be licked. I don’t want them in my bed or couch, I think it’s freaking nasty how people let them lick their children. I don’t need the attention from an animal to feel worthy. I actually feel sorry for people who humanize these animals.

athea marcos amir on February 10th, 2019 11:10 pm

I hate dogs and cats, every last one of them. I would no more touch one than I’d touch a pile of vomit. But you guys who talk about keeping your hatred of dogs a secret, stop it! I let people know I can’t come to their home if they have an animal. Lately I try to stay home as much as possible and I tell people why; I don’t hide it. We’re not the freaks, they are.

Roy Fielding on February 11th, 2019 1:15 pm

The big problem with disliking dogs, in modern society, is that it is impossible to avoid them, unlike with cats, who are generally kept at home and will probably run from you if you visit their home. Dogs, because they are social creatures, are literally everywhere. People now take them to stores (even grocery stores), restaurants, church, movie theaters, and even to work. Unless you remain in your home all day and never go out, you will encounter them most days of your life, and you will likely have to interact with them on a frequent basis. And the more social your lifestyle is the more you will have to interact with them. Because of their social nature you are likely just going to have to put up with them barking and growling at you, jumping on you, and licking you even though you don’t own a dog yourself. There are 90 million of them in the US, more than at any time in history, and the US is the number one dog owning country in the world. Moreover, as the writer her describes, there is great intolerance against those of us who don’t like them. I appreciate the dog loving commenter above who actually apologized on behalf of dog owners. I wish for more understanding dog owners like that.

  • K.A.L. on February 15th, 2019 7:56 pm

Here is a GREAT way to shut up these people: I always say to some dummy who says to me people who are not crazy about dogs are not “as good” as dog people (whatever that means) “well hey, what do YOU do for CHILDREN? I mean we have a crisis that more children are aging out of foster care than ever before. More needy, hungry, abused, neglected children. You abuse a dog, it dies, end of story. You abuse a child, we are all in danger when they grow up. Then I launch into everything I’ve done, past or present to try to further humanity’s most vulnerable whether it is donating bone marrow or giving money, etc. Heck even just reading to under-privileged kids after school might help change a life! Then watch these single minded A-Holes stutter and back pedal. So I tell them whatever you do for “animal welfare groups” fine. Just make sure you do as much, or more, for children. Otherwise you are not as good a person as you think you are. In fact, you, are not good, period. Try it, I say it all the time, to strangers even. P.S. You can also remind them in most far eastern countries they eat domestic dog. As Jim Gaffigan says, “I love animals, fun to pet, Better to chew”!

Lena on February 20th, 2019 6:39 pm

THANK YOU for writing this! To me, it’s amazing how obsessed people are with dogs. If I had my cat in a tinder profile, talked about her 24/7, took her everywhere, constantly posted pictures of her, PLUS literally ended or threatened to end friendships/relationships over my cat, people would think I’m seriously insane. If you do all of that stuff with a dog, you’re considered completely normal. Our culture is warped. We are all different and we should constantly advocate for individuality.

JuJu on February 22nd, 2019 9:00 am

I hate dogs. They constantly require special accommodation, and dog-owner always expect special treatment (warm fazzies) from others because they own the dog. Really!? Dogs are animals and they should be treated that way. I understand service dogs, military dogs, police dogs, – they play important role and being treated appropriately. But when you start referring to your dog as you baby, I can’t trust your judgement. It tells me your perception of reality is skewed and I should wonder what other areas of life your judgement is lucking. Thank you for this article.

MJ on February 23rd, 2019 12:28 am

I agree 100%. My marriage nearly ended when my husband came home one day with a “surprise “ for our oldest daughter: a puppy. I nearly packed my bags and left right then and there. This puppy turned into a dog that was aggressive ( not mistreated in our home), who barked and growled constantly, and seemed to enjoy crapping in his kennel despite being walked several times a day. He bit all of our children and was extremely unpredictable ( he was a German shepherd mix). My anxiety was through the roof. My husband knew I didn’t like dogs, yet he made this life changing decision without my input. I finally gave him the ultimatum: it’s me or the dog. He wisely chose to surrender the dog at the local shelter. Dogs are annoying, needy, smelly, and often dangerous. The rampant dog culture in the US is disgusting. These fanatics falsely equate dogs to humans, oftentimes even stating they prefer their smelly canines over human companionship. I prefer a clean house and keeping my children safe!

Kent on February 23rd, 2019 1:08 am

Dogs are a plague on our planet. Doesn’t matter where you live you can’t escape them. I live in the country to try to escape the noise but you can still hear dogs barking on any given night (and day). I am an outdoors person and spend a lot of time hiking and cycling the trails of Oregon. No matter where you go all our public recreation areas are becoming littered with these plastic bags of dog crap that are being left behind for our next generation. I even see them hanging from the trees like ornaments because people throw them from the trails and they get stuck in the fir trees here. I have been attacked numerous times while on my bicycle and the owners will never take responsibility for their dogs actions. I don’t hide my hatred for dogs, if you have a dog with you, you are NOT allowed in my house. I wish there was some kind of united opposition against these filthy creatures, I would join in a second and work to rid the planet of these annoying beasts.

Jon Anderson on February 25th, 2019 10:12 pm

Love it! So glad to see others feel the same as I do. I feel that people who aren’t completely in love with dogs have to keep their mouth shut and hide their feelings. My biggest problem with dogs are the owners. In my experience, the vast majority of dog owners could care less if their dogs bother anyone else.
We moved into a really nice new home three years ago. Our nearest neighbor’s house is about 50 feet from us. The lady that lived their owned a very large boxer. After we found out we were really worried. It turns out, this lady was one of the extremely rare good dog owners. She would let the dog out for a few minutes, the dog would take care of business, run a few circles and go back inside. No barking, no property destruction or anything! I thought wow, ok maybe not all dogs are bad!
We had about one year of quiet no barking when one day to our dismay, a for sale sign was in our neighbors yard. Dammit!!
One day the new neighbors start moving in, with a large yellow lab in tow. Fast forward two years and our new neighbors have six total dogs. These neighbors epitomize the typical American dog owner. They don’t care what the dogs do as long as they don’t bother them. One dog runs freely through the neighborhood, leaving huge piles of feces in my yard along with even larger craters he decided to dig. They have another dog they literally tie in front of their front door who barks hours on end. Yet another little dog will run over onto my front step and bark at my door!!!
The weird thing is, their house has a fenced in back yard. Do they put the dogs in the back yard? Hell no! They let the dogs run free while the humans go into the back yard!!
Long story short, after only three years of living in our new awesome home, we are looking at moving. This time, we will move to a house in the country as far as possible from terrible people and their annoying dogs. I hope someday soon, this infatuation with all things canine will pass.

David on February 26th, 2019 4:25 pm

Dogs are bad but dog owners are worse. I tried to go a quiet walk today along the beach but the walk was ruined by horrible little rat like dogs approaching me aggressively and barking which set off my tinnitus. Needless to say I got the usual “Oh they won’t hurt you” from their anti-social owners who must know that their dog off lead will behave like this. Too late, they already had hurt me by triggering my ears. This interruption to my quest for a quiet walk happened not once but twice in the space of five minutes. And this despite my efforts to keep out of their way. Dog owners appear to think they have a God given right to be a nuisance to other people. I think it is important to make your displeasure very clear to the dog owner if you think it is safe to do so. If people do this more often they might just get the message.

Have you noticed to that most dog owners are no longer content with owning one noisy, aggressive hound? Most of them in my part of the world have two or three. Going a walk these days involves trying to avoid the dog packs. What gives owners the right to spoil life for other people? Given how much noise, dirt and aggression dogs cause they should really be taxed just as we tax other pollutants such as motor vehicles. There should be some compensation to society for the menace dog owners cause. Of course there are exceptions. Some owners are responsible and some dogs are quiet and polite. Alas, this is becoming rarer. The smaller dogs seem to be the worse.. Unfortunately the dog lobby is so powerful that it will be difficult to change things or educate idiot owners the way we educated people who drink and drive. Oh, and these stupid twenty foot leads that owners use nowadays mean the beasts are out of control even on a lead. I am so sick of it but it is good to know I’m not alone. Thanks for raising the issue. What we need is an anti-dog society. I’m going to carry some biscuits with me in future as nasty dogs are also greedy and throwing a biscuit in their direction can distract them. Shouldn’t be necessary but it is.

Phil Bridges on March 3rd, 2019 12:05 pm

And dogs are also terrific at causing neighbors to fight. Just try telling your pooch-loving neighbor that his dog’s incessant barking is becoming a nuisance. Might as well forget about any future neighborhood barbecues. I tried putting up a sound detector that emits a high-pitched frequency only dogs can hear when it detects barking – in my yard – and they came over and ripped it off my tree. Man’s best friend my keister!

Liz Ishma on March 7th, 2019 12:58 am

I couldn’t fucking agree more! I just got in an online fight on a baby website over this exact thing. My question was “How to persuade my husband to put his dog outside”. I have bad allergies and can’t take the medication I use before getting pregnant. It might cause birth defects.
To my surprise everyone….and I mean Everyone jumped to the dogs defense instead of mine. Said I should take benadryl and that I was insensitive.
Apparently to dog lovers their animals are more important than ppl. Im truly disgusted with humaity and the way I was treated on there. Like the dog had more right than me and my unborn child.

BooBooPants on March 8th, 2019 12:10 pm

Smelly, loud, inconsiderate…. and that’s just the owners! Dogs are useless animals. I hate them and am so glad I’m not alone.

Lili on March 15th, 2019 12:50 am

I wanted to scream to the world how much I hated dogs especially living with dogs, my husband adopted no one but two dogs without my opinion. I have never live with any type of animals, till now and believe me is the worst experience I have, they are gross, smelly, disgusting, disrespectful, destructives evil beast, they Cause so much damage, they are useless, every time we leave are home we come back to poop, my house feels dirty. I ratter be in prison partner my English not my first language. My husband said you’re not normal Americans we love are dogs, I tell him that’s a cult to the point his is more attached to those dogs than his kids.

athea marcos amir on March 26th, 2019 4:28 pm

It’s good to know the entire population has not succumbed to dog worship, but my ongoing concern is why thus far no mental health professional has explained to my satisfaction the attraction people have for dogs, or any animal, which to me seems totally counterintuitive.

Tammy Michelle on March 28th, 2019 12:06 am

Loved this article and all the comments. Agree 100% and glad I’m not alone.

I grew up with a dog and always considered myself a “dog person”. But since my sister-in-law got a dog our life has changed for the worse. She’s single in her 40s and the dog has become the center of the universe. She cannot do anything without the dog and she plans every outing around the dog. I’m sure she’s lost friendships over it. She actually left two good jobs because they didn’t want the dog to come with her to work. Whenever we go to my husband’s parents’ home for any occasion, and she’s there with the dog, the conversation constantly revolves around the dog, which is annoying enough, but the worst is when we sit down for a meal and the damn dog is circling the table drooling, panting, shedding, and smelling (a golden lab). We move to the living room and the dog is still there drooling, panting, shedding, and smelling. My in-laws do nothing to curb this behavior, instead they encourage it – feeding the dog from the table and fawning all over it. They also feed the dog with it licking their hands and then prepare leftovers for us to take home – where we promptly toss them in the trash. It’s to the point where we barely visit anymore. I could go on with more examples. If we dared to say anything or complain about this we’d likely not have a relationship with them anymore. I’ve tried to ignore it, live with it, put up with it, but the dog has become more important to the three them than anything else, including us. Honestly, I think they’ve lost their minds – and I did not see this coming
– we used to have a good relationship. Obsessive dog culture indeed!

Zoh on April 2nd, 2019 6:15 pm

Thank you !! At least I’m not the only one who thinks that dogs are disgusting creature…please don’t get me wrong I would never harm or let anyone harm an animal or mistreated…but I just don’t get it why people have decided to let go of important issues such as children who are in need of help but to be at the pinnacle of humanity WE MUST LOVE DOG” and trust me there are idiots out there who think that feeding vegan diet to dog is better for the animals. Not to mention the smell, filthy food habits, constantly asking for attention a dog is just a liability…and I simply hate them…I know hate is a strong word but I truly hate dogs with a passion.

Roxy on April 7th, 2019 6:05 pm

I’m not a dog or a pet person. But I never said it out loud until recently when people kept coming over to my house with their dogs and/or asked me to keep their dog for a week or two. The thing with the dog people is if you don’t SPECIFICALLY SAY THAT YOU DON’T LIKE DOGS they will keep coming and bringing their dogs with them and take advantage of you by being a dog sitter!!! HEEEEECK NO! No more of that I had to start specifically saying I hate dogs just so they will leave me alone! I have a very high sense of smell and I just can’t even… thank you for this article!

Marc on April 16th, 2019 10:58 am

Canine aggression is my beef against dogs. I spend a lot of time walking and hiking, and I’m attacked by off-leash dogs about 3 or 4 times a year (on average). Last year, a dog came at me while I was getting the mail! It’s outrageous how society accepts this as the norm. When a wild animal attacks, people are up in arms about it. When a dog attacks, it’s ho-hum. Wild animals generally avoid people. Dogs, on the other hand, target people. I would say that over 50% of dogs have aggression issues. I always carry a walking stick with me for defense, and I’m not afraid to use it.

Fuck Dogs on April 18th, 2019 10:38 am

The stench of dog is what kills it for me most. I had one of these greasy, nasty furballs in my car last year and I swear I can still smell the nasty friggin’ stench of dog whenever I turn on the AC on a hot day.

I also just hate their characters. The needy, attention seeking stuff. Barking angers me like nothing else. The drooling and dog hair everywhere, it’s so gross. When they come at you and stare you in the eyes with their dumb void gaze most people see the cutest thing alive. I see another motherfucker who should fish for attention somewhere else. Worst thing is if you don’t respond they will come and claim it by jumping to you and licking you in the face – the grossest action of them all. Goddamnit I feel so filthy when that happens. It makes me want to shower.

I hate petting them because the gross fur makes my hands feel all gunky and filthy. I can’t pet a dog without immediately washing my hands afterwards. They feel too gross to touch anything else. I especially hate this during dinner when friends are over (who of course always bring their fucking dog because hey that’s entirely normal! You’re crazy if you don’t like it!), halfway through my plate the furfucker comes at me and looks at me with sad eyes begging for my friggin’ food. Instantly triggers me, but next thing I hear is “awww she looks so cute but she can’t have a bite – at least give her a nice pat on the head!” If I don’t, I’ll be met with the worst judging gazes on Earth and won’t be hearing the end of it anytime soon. So I do it. And feel fucking disgusted finishing my plate with my gunky gross hands. Which I don’t wash because leaving the table mid-dinner to do so only because of a pat on the head will be met with, guess what, judging gazes.

Which brings me to another point I hate about dogs: their uppity, entitled piece of shit owners. Goddamnit!!! You have to like their stupid stinking beast or you’re insane. Like the one muppet above already proclaims. Yeah, the way you’ll be treated if you hate dogs is just the icing on the cake.

FUCK DOGS!!!

Pineapple62 on April 19th, 2019 11:33 pm

I hate dogs. I don’t hide it. I’ve been bit and knocked down too many times to count as a kid from irresponsible neighbors. So, when the in-laws first talked about adopting a beagle I said, “I no longer will be comfortable in your home. We won’t be visiting much if you do.” She thought I was lying. Well, now we go up ONCE a year. And when we do, the stench and air quality is repulsive. She basically picked a dog over us. So, live with your decision! Ha

sarfi on April 30th, 2019 5:44 pm

I can’t stand dogs or most dog owners. Dogs are dirty and they pee on every available surface. Dogs smell like shit and insinuate themselves on you..I wish they would all die. I wish moronic humans had never domesticated the worthless pieces of shit to begin with.
I carry a cattle prod, when walking , biking or gardening..I won’t hesitate to use it either, in fact, i’m looking for ward to it. I’d prefer to use it directly on the dog owner( they deserve it more than the dumb dog), but I’ll take what i can get.

Mike shuetem on May 2nd, 2019 4:16 pm

Only thing I hate more than dogs are the simple minded bafoons that own them. They usually have the same I.Q. as their “children”.

Tim soloviov on May 3rd, 2019 2:43 pm

You’re not alone; it’s disturbing how depressed and lonely dog owners are. If you’re not lonely and sad as a dog owner, then explain why you’re willing to give up all of your freedom, all of your peace, and a truck load of money just to have a worm carrying, nasty ball sniffing, food stealing, begging, farting, pooping indoors, killing grass with its potent urine, disease carrying, biting, needy, not entertaining, time consuming, distraction? Unless you were desperate for attention and and need a void to be filled. Why own dogs? I get it if you participate in the Iditarod, or you live out in the boonies in alaska and the beast lives outdoors 100% and is there to eat your left over scraps and deter you when there is a threat from other wildlife, but to own a dog indoors is just the stupidest thing I have ever observed. The funny thing is While I was reading the page I looked out the window and saw someone walking their dog and needed to cross the street, the dog was a corgi, yuk! And so he bends down to pick the useless thing up and when it came to his chest level the dumb thing was upside down and this dude carried the dog across the road. Screw that! Such a waste of energy. Evil thoughts came across my head hoping someone wouldn’t see them and cream them! Here’s another thing, I read the comment about the guy from Oregon. It’s true.. people do throw their dog shit in the bag all over the place. What’s wrong with you sick animals? Then I thought about it, these puppy worshipping dog butthole sniffing excuses for people probably have a worm from the dog that travels to their brains and takes the cockpit piloting your flesh. Epidemic!!

tickyul on May 4th, 2019 12:32 am

The bizarre and disturbing idolization and worship of smelly Poopgobblers in the USA just makes me shake my head in disgust.

How on earth does such a smelly, reeking, dumb, often dangerous animal reach such lofty heights in so
many Americans minds………………….beyond pathetic..

KK on May 8th, 2019 12:13 am

Ugh I completely agree with all of it!! Mu husband decided to get us a chihuahua…an ankle biting, yapping chihuahua out of all dogs! And I’m not a pet person at all so it’s been very difficult living with this thing. Soooo much work and money. And the sad part is that when I brought up the possibility of having a baby, he said they were too much work and money -_- This is why I don’t understand the obsession with dogs!! There are so many kids that need adopting and people would rather spend their time and money on an animal then a human being. No wonder the world is so messed up!! The constant food hunting/stealing/ the lip smacking, the licking, always following us around, I can’t even get close to my husband without her getting in the middle of us. This dog is only 1 yrs old so we still have at least 13 to 15 years with her so I don’t know what I’m going to do…*tears* Maybe hypnosis before I go out of my damn mind.