Ten Things You Should Really Stop Doing

2 Nov

You may have noticed. We’re pissy people. Shit annoys us. Here’s a short list of what’s annoying us lately. We reserve the right to expand on any of them later.

1. Using Acronyms and industry-babble you don’t really have a grasp on .

LAM, LAT, BAT, CC/DS, OC, R+, P-, VSR, DOR, and so on.   We get that acronyms are an easy way to remember complex terms, but if you are using multiple in one sentence it just becomes alphabet soup.  And if you don’t understand these terms and continue to throw them around, we’ll notice.  It doesn’t make you look smart to toss around acronyms at a rapid-fire pace…it just makes it look like you are trying too hard.  We have a fun acronym that should maybe be inserted into some of the more acronym-laced forums we read….STFU.

2. Using Hopeless cases as the mascot of your rescue.

You know what’s great for getting dogs adopted?  Social media exposure. Seriously, it does wonders. You know what doesn’t help? Keeping a dog alive just so it can push your rescue. For every four thousand dollar drive you have for that albino, blind/deaf chihuahua with a seizure disorder, cleft palate, legless, with a hole in its heart you could save ten other perfectly happy healthy dogs. We get that people are dumb, they need a case to put their money behind but you are prolonging the suffering of that dog. Stop it.

Quick, capture it. We’ll make a killing when we post the photo on facebook.

3. Stop posting pictures of horribly abused dogs on Facebook

Bombarding your Facebook friends with graphic images accomplishes one thing. It makes us want to de-friend you or block your posts.  It’s not that we aren’t sensitive to the plight of abused animals, but there are better ways to raise awareness than making us ill whenever we log on to Facebook. In fact, just about anything is more effective than clogging up Facebook feeds of people who ignored you in high school. Talk to your legislature about increasing penalties for animal abuse, be on the lookout for animal abuse in your own neighborhood, talk to your children about the proper way to treat animals.  And if you must post a story on Facebook, please leave the photo out.

4.  Over-using the word “reactive”

Let’s look at the word first. Reactive. Google tells us it means showing a reaction to a stimulus. So, unless your dog is catatonic or dead, let’s hope he is reactive. Go ahead, go poke him. We’ll wait. Did your dog wake up? Good. We all have reactive dogs, let’s invest in front hook harnesses and pounds of beef liver. We kid, we kid. Every tool has a use, blah blah blah. Your dog barking or even snapping at a rude dog in its space? Yeah, that’s reactive. That’s also PERFECTLY normal. We’ve touched on that, we won’t rehash it here. Your dog isn’t just reactive to dogs that get all up in his business, you say? He’s willing to go over a fence and chase a dog down eighty yards? Well then your dog isn’t just reactive, he’s over reacting and he’s being an asshole. Stop blaming it on the latest buzz-word in dog training.

5.  Baiting fights in internet forums by mentioning Cesar Millan.

“That was a really productive Cesar conversation!” said no one ever.  For real.  We know that he is a controversial figure and that there are clear factions for and against him, but we’re pretty sure that every possible talking (yelling?) point has been touched on by now, so continuing to post questions in dog forums like “What do you think about Cesar Millan” is just asinine.  Do you really think there will be some breakthrough the 10 millionth time people get in internet screaming matches over him?  Probably not, but you do know you are sure to get a lot of responses.  We can’t help but think that people who frequently post about him are just giant attention whores.

Clearly a much better use of your time.

6. Analyzing Dog Body Language in one photo.

A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words, right? That doesn’t mean we need a damn essay on someone else’s photo just because you can  see the white of one of the eye’s of the dog. Unless someone asked for your advice… It’s none of your damn business. Follow thumper’s rule, This isn’t a one man/woman crusade to save every dog from every uncomfortable photographed moment. It’s one moment in time, and you have no idea of the situation… calm down.

Don’t mock it, he’s sensitive

7. Calling balanced training abuse.

Everyone is allowed to have an opinion, and when it comes to dog training… everyone does. That’s cool, we have an opinion too. What you SHOULDN’T do is call a training method you don’t agree with “abusive”. We’d show you actual abuse but that violates rule three. When you use it to describe a training method, you cheapen the word.

Honestly, we’re just really amused by this picture.

8.  Making shit up.

The internet is a vast and wondrous place, made smaller by search engines like Google.  It’s pretty darn easy to figure out if people’s stories are inconsistent with the truth, or at least with what they have said on other internet platforms.   You’re calling your dog a wolf hybrid on one forum when you’ve previously referred to them as a purebred Akita on another forum?   You say your dog has titled in AKC?  Your dog saved the mayor of a small town by rescuing him from a well (oh wait, that’s Lassie)?  Guess what…it’s pretty easy to confirm.

We recently got our TTX, Time Traveler Excellent.

9.  Make Animated Dog/People Hybrids

Nothing creeps us out more than those weird animations where you can put your dog’s head on a human body and post it all over dog forums.  We really don’t need to see your Shiba as a Rockette or your Lhasa as a sexy nurse.   That type of thing should stay relegated to the dark corners of the internet along with squid porn.

Last tentacle porn joke for a while, we promise.

10. Publicly Shaming/Judging people on the origin of their dog.

Can we repeat the “none of your damn business” thing one more time? If you must judge, judge silently. If the dog came from a shitty breeder, it’s too late to do anything about. If it came from a good breeder and you wanted it to come from rescue, It’s STILL too late and you’d be an asshole. If it came from a rescue and you think it should have come from a breeder, you’re probably an even bigger asshole. Moral of the story is, you’re not going to change someone’s mind about their dog by publicly flaming them.  So just stop.

49 Responses to “Ten Things You Should Really Stop Doing”

  1. Christy November 2, 2013 at 2:09 am #

    Agreed on most of these 🙂 Especially 5 and 7, hehe. Except 2 and 3. The reality is these are often the cases that need the most funds, and people respond and step up in ways that they do not with other posts that are actually made more frequently. I don’t think rescues “use” them for their cause – they care deeply about saving them and will do everything they can to make that happen. They are asking for the public’s help so they can save those dogs and other healthy dogs as well. I rarely see rescues prolonging a life of poor quality – they rescue and heal for a great life. Some of the happiest dogs I know at my rescue are albino, have lost a leg, etc.

  2. Julia November 2, 2013 at 2:27 am #

    God I love you people.

  3. Julia November 2, 2013 at 2:28 am #

    And if someone wants to “save” a total mess of a dog at the expense of ten other more workable dogs, let them spend their own money.

    • NinaHalina March 10, 2014 at 10:40 pm #

      Why isn’t a “total mess of a dog” – as you call it – worth any less than another dog? This type of dog needs – deserves – help, too.

  4. Danielle November 2, 2013 at 2:38 am #

    Number 4 and 6… THANK YOU!

  5. Yvonnesgang November 2, 2013 at 3:38 am #

    Thank you so very much!
    Especially for No.4 and No.6!
    I love your blog and please keep up your amazing work!

  6. Diana November 2, 2013 at 5:48 am #

    I wish there was an acronym to express how thrilled I am to finally read something on the internet regarding the subject of #5 that changed my opinion of the subject. I now have a reason to tune in. Thank you for the health warning, without it I might have over-reached. Could you develop a similar guide to help medicate me when I stumble on to these and other flame wars in forums and list serves?

    No need to publicly shame me, my dog is ashamed enough of me already.

  7. malable November 2, 2013 at 10:54 am #

    No 3, absolutely. By all means tell me about the issue, but if I want to see pictures of horribly abused animals I can go find them myself. I’m a big girl and aware that dreadful things happen, which is why I don’t want to add to the nightmare images already in my head.

  8. Gizmo November 2, 2013 at 12:20 pm #

    LMAO here…i’m sure we’re twins separated at birth or something…I couldn’t agree more with the entire list though personally i have violated #9 – and yes i’m ashamed of it

  9. Dana November 2, 2013 at 2:05 pm #

    Stop saying you rescued your dog when all you did was walk into the SPCA and adopt him/her. What a lucky dog you came in that day. Adoption is cool.

  10. Jennifer November 2, 2013 at 2:27 pm #

    Re: #8. Making shit up
    How about lying about AKC scores? Hello? Don’t these people know that we can easily look them up?
    And not really lying; but, overinflating Titles. Why do some people insist on listing the dog’sname followed by RN, RA, RE, RAE when, really, RAE is all that’s needed. Do you list your own credentials starting with Kindergarten and work your way up?

    • TheDogSnobs November 2, 2013 at 9:26 pm #

      Actual LOL. We’ve had this discussion many times on title inflation. Listing them all is desperate and weird in successive titles. Particularly when your titles aren’t that impressive in the first place…

      • prescotthbreeden November 3, 2013 at 3:38 am #

        “But it means I’m SMRT and my opinion is science!”

  11. Missy November 2, 2013 at 3:03 pm #

    I agree completely w/ #2. I’ve seen a few on Facebook recently that just looked miserable and all the donations did were prolong the agony. I’ve noticed that many of the dogs aren’t rescued but purchased at auctions or directly from high volyme breeders. So not only is the poor dog made to suffer longer than it has to, but the person who let the dog get in that condition was financially rewarded for it.

    You could definitely expand on theoveruse of the word “abuse.” I’m so sick of people calling anything they disagree with, abuse. From training methods and tools, to dog showing, to creative grooming, dressing up your dogs for Halloween and even putting a sweater on a Chihuahua.

    • aspiecatholicgirl August 5, 2016 at 6:55 pm #

      Watched a guy on youtube go on a long rant about how exercising dogs is abusive. He also said that’s why Millan is evil, because he advocates lots of exercise.

  12. Joyce Gamsby-Kesling November 2, 2013 at 5:15 pm #

    Reblogged this on Responsible Dog ~ It's all about dogs.

  13. Coby Carwile November 2, 2013 at 5:28 pm #

    I do not believe 3. Most people choose to ignore and hide from abuse because it makes them sad and I believe that is selfish because the animals have to live it. If posting these pictures can wake someone up to the realities of what animals have to endure because of humans then I will do so. If someone wants to unfriend me for it so be it. That speaks volumes as to their indifference to the abuse. Those who do not care or who do nothing to stop the abuse help it to continue by their silence. I choose to speak for the animals because they cannot speak for themselves.

    • TheDogSnobs November 2, 2013 at 9:20 pm #

      On Facebook, because clearly that’s the most efficient use of your assistance in the plight of animals in abusive situations… Facebook activism is ridiculous.

      • Lolly November 3, 2013 at 6:36 pm #

        Wear a blue bra and repost this for 24 hours if evil is bad!

      • mizunogirl January 5, 2014 at 10:01 pm #

        I’m not much of an animal rights activist, but gotta chime in.. Any FB activism is more for the poster. They took a stand=they posted an awful picture on FB, so the world is AWARE. (Yes right, as if the majority of your friend pool was unaware of animal abuses/neglect) Posting a photo on FB does nothing to stop the abuse either, it just pretty much makes the poster feel better, while they are sitting on their couch.

    • barbararuth November 2, 2013 at 11:48 pm #

      How does not wanting to see graphic pictures indicate either “indifference” OR “lack of awareness.” The people who get the MOST of these images coming through our feeds get them precisely because we are already working in or volunteering in animal rescue or welfare and have a lot of social media friends with the same interest.

      Frankly I don’t think those posts are about “speaking for the animals” at all. They’re about self-righteousness: “Look at the horrible stuff Those Bad Other People do, and my upset about it proves that I Am Sensitive and Caring.”

      • Assegai Rhodesian Ridgebacks December 31, 2013 at 3:30 am #

        YES! 95% of the time you are correct…it’s not about the dogs but the poster. On the other hand, if you friend someone who participates in a rescue group you kind of asked to be informed on what’s coming in or going on – but if that person is actually ACTIVELY involved (fostering, re-homing, transporting) they get a free pass in my book. Adopting A dog at the local shelter…not so much…

    • Tara November 6, 2013 at 5:17 am #

      My thought on those sorts of posts is, “Okay, aaannnnnd? WTF are you doing just sitting there arm chair refereeing and passing about pictures showing what everyone knows happens instead of doing what needs to be done so much so that you DON’T have time to post pictures?” I mean, seriously. I have a ton of those pictures saved on disks….FOR THE USE OF THOSE WHO ARE PROSECUTING THE ABUSERS. Meanwhile I was rehabbing those said animals and had absolutely NO time to do facebook write ups to go with a nifty picture begging people to pass it around. Try living it for real and not just “living it” through posting stupid pictures that are absolutely USELESS and do NOTHING to remedy any possible abuse situation in any way.

    • KellyK November 6, 2013 at 8:01 pm #

      It’s not “indifferent” to not want to have gory images shoved in your face. I already foster, volunteer, and donate to help rescue dogs. Your posting some horrifying photo that literally has me hyperventilating is not going to make me do any more of that. It’s just going to ruin my day and convince me that you’re a jerk.

    • NinaHalina March 10, 2014 at 10:44 pm #

      Exactly! So many people just would rather pretend that atrocities against animals just don’t exist. It upsets them, after all…
      My reply to this sentiment is “How on earth do you think it FEELS for the animal to LIVE through this abuse?”

  14. Peter Falcon November 2, 2013 at 5:43 pm #

    One more … using improper English. It’s “Making up shit”, not “Making shit up”. 😉

  15. Peter Falcon November 2, 2013 at 5:46 pm #

    If you’re “Making Shit Up”, you are applying makeup. If you are “Making Up Shit”, you are “inventing” or “fabricating” a story.

    • TheDogSnobs November 2, 2013 at 9:22 pm #

      We don’t care…

    • Poet December 28, 2013 at 8:18 pm #

      11. Publicly shaming successful bloggers for writing errors in posts about their dogs.

      People not wanting to ride in the same car with you? no one will go out to dinner with you? phone calls often end suddenly? Back away from the keyboard before it’s too late. While you may feel the need to control what others say, you can choose not to be THAT person. Get a therapist. Or get your own blog where you can make perfection your goal and blog away to an audience of one.

  16. Wee November 2, 2013 at 7:05 pm #

    While I agree with some of the points here, especially #3, its just an angry rant. Not very productive.

  17. Lolly November 2, 2013 at 9:17 pm #

    I have unfriended and unfollowed a pretty good number of people and pages that were posting daily (or even twice or three times daily) pictures of abused dogs. I know it happens, but seeing those pictures causes me real pain and emotional upset and rage that can’t accomplish anything other than making me literally sick – head, heart, and body. I sincerely question the sanity of people who WANT to see things like that. I would not subscribe to a newsfeed of photos of abused children or battered wives, and I do not want a newsfeed of horribly abused and neglected animals, either. It doesn’t make me socially irresponsible or willfully blind, I find it disturbingly voyeuristic that someone would want to see pictures of the abuse which we know takes place against children, women, and animals. If you can do something to stop it, do so. If you think showing pictures is necessary, do it with a blind link, don’t force people to experience it. You can’t unsee some of those things, and all they do is hurt and scar you, it doesn’t make you a better person to willfully force yourself to internalize those images.

    • Keechy December 4, 2013 at 9:55 am #

      Totally agree!

  18. Diane November 2, 2013 at 10:44 pm #

    #4. Politically correct speech drives me nuts. Back when I was a young dog owner (and had to walk them in 3 feet of snow, uphill, both ways) and your dog took a chunk out of someone, he was aggressive, not reactive. And while we’re at it, my dogs have an owner, not a human companion. And they’re not my furry children. (/rant)

    • Assegai Rhodesian Ridgebacks December 31, 2013 at 3:38 am #

      Bet you’re not a “Pet Guardian” either ; ) I’m hideously un-PC myself… I OWN my dogs, they are NOT fur kids! That being said – the cat and I debate on exactly who owns who (I think he might be winning).

  19. Jennifer November 3, 2013 at 5:18 am #

    Sent from my iPad

  20. J. November 4, 2013 at 2:18 pm #

    One of the best posts ever! Love it! :o)

  21. Paul November 6, 2013 at 4:40 pm #

    Sadly enough…ya want to cause an all out flaming battle on a nutrition board? Just mention the “P” word in any mildly positive way…here I’ll whisper it…purina

    • Assegai Rhodesian Ridgebacks December 31, 2013 at 3:41 am #

      L.O.L. – I’ve often though of what I’d do if the food I use disappeared… the answer has (so far) always been Purina ONE with a lot of raw meat…

  22. Patrick Neil November 9, 2013 at 4:16 am #

    Excellent post. You have the courage to say what others only think and that is commendable.

    Keep up the great work I love reading it and I agree with you almost 100 %of the time. (Hey no one is perfect, not even me)

  23. Melanie November 19, 2013 at 12:07 am #

    Thank you, thank you. Can I also add an addendum to the list- the ‘C’ word? Seriously people- not that one. ‘Correction’ when your dog is trying to eat your hand or someone else’s dog (wait, was that a doodle?) ignoring it will SO make it stop. Oh wait, a doodle owner- or someone that carries dog treats everywhere- gives them a treat when they stop! Or the dog gets a treat when it bothers to look them in the eyes before the dog goes for the throat for chrissakes. that never stops any aggressive behavior. A firm, fair and non-angry correction works.

  24. C. Cousins November 26, 2013 at 2:04 pm #

    I can’t agree with the last one. If you got a doodle from a breeder, then I am judging you loudly and with all the eye rolling power I can muster. And I certainly roll it out when you ask if my full tail poodle is a doodle. F.U. I have standards.

  25. Cyn McCollum December 28, 2013 at 4:41 am #

    Hell yeah. Without reading comments.

  26. Assegai Rhodesian Ridgebacks December 31, 2013 at 3:45 am #

    I am SO with you on #2 – sad as it may be not EVERY dog can or SHOULD be “saved”. For some, a needle is the kindest gift.


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