Older and Wiser, An Educational Rant By Potnoodle

6 Apr

I think I may be getting old, dear minions. (Long time, no see by the way. How’s your mom? Good, good.) As I was saying, I’m aging. I’m still actively involved in dog groups, I pitch in my two cents here or there but more often or not I just find myself shaking my head at what the young whippersnappers are working themselves up about this week. I remember those days (like five years ago), those long forum arguments about training styles, dog food, etc… but it all seems much more petty now. Of course, the training battles are still waging, as they were when the earth began and as they will when it ends. That’s not what I’m thinking about. It seems to have come in to fashion to be a hard assed dog owner. Where did that come from? When did pet weight become a dirty word? What’s with the nail nazis, commenting on every photo of a dog that doesn’t have nubs for nails? Fur Mommy is about the worst insult some of you kids can come up with, and it’s getting a little out of hand. I mean, we like to judge. It’s what we do, but our goal is to bring some levity to dog ownership, not make people feel like shit.

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Except for the real shitty ones.

Let’s talk about that first point a little further. Sit down for this, are you ready? There’s no need for the average dog to look like a pit bull walking into the show ring. You want your dog to look like that? Cool. Get out there and do the work. Food bowl conditioning is another point entirely, and maybe we’ll get to it one day but for right now, let’s focus on telling you kids to stop being shitlords and using pet weight as an insult especially if the dog is a FUCKING pet. Pet isn’t a dirty word, by the way… but I’ll talk about that shortly. Obviously, we don’t like fat dogs here at TDS, see a previously written article titled something along the lines of “Your dog is a fatass, feed him less”. A dog with a little coverage on his or her ribs though? That’s okay. It doesn’t make you edgy or cool to come along and comment on the dog’s weight. It really just makes you look like an asshat. Stay in your own lane, and out of my grass, damnit.

Alright. Toe nails. I get it. Same with the fat dog thing. Toe nails that touch the floor are ACTUALLY bad for a dog. I’m with you on that, I was a groomer for years… I’ve clipped some hellacious ones. This craze has gone too far though. Not every dog is a show doberman (Thank the sweet baby jesus). They don’t all need little nub nails. What if I told you that dogs use their toe nails? What a novel thought! Have a look at these cheetah toe nails (They don’t retract their claws like other cats, by the way. Never say we didn’t teach you something.) I recently witnessed someone in a facebook group comment that a whippet’s toe nails were too long. Mind you, the nails weren’t touching the ground. You know what whippets do exceptionally well? The same thing cheetahs do well… run and turn.

If you want to spend hours of your week devoted to your dog’s toe nails… more power to you. Get off the dick of people that have dogs with perfectly fine toe nails though.

Last point now. Thanks for sticking with the ramblings of an old woman. Fur Mommies and Pet Owners. Did you sneer up your nose when you read that? I bet you did, we’re all friends here… this is just an intervention. An intervention for assholes… but not the good kind of assholes we are. The Shitty ones that think it’s fun to infiltrate groups of Pibble Mommies and Pupper Lovers and wreck shit. Y’all need to get better hobbies. Why, all of a sudden, is having pet dogs a bad thing? All these people are doing is loving their perfectly fine, pet weight pets and clipping their toe nails like… once a month. The majority of you little shits work in the pet industry. These people are your bread and butter. And guess what? That Malinois your mom bought you that does rally and dock diving every now and again is a pet too, no matter how many “working dog, do not pet” patches you put on his Julius K9… so cool your shit. It does not make you cool to join groups and rile up suburban dog moms. That means it isn’t cool to join just to post pictures of your dogs testicles, or your dog eating raw bunnies, or your thin dog. (Also smoking doesn’t make you look cool either, while we’re covering dumb shit children do. )

OK Kids, Now that we’ve covered some home truths I feel we can carry on. We hope to soon get back to a much more regular posting schedule. You guys have gotten out of hand while we were gone. If you have a topic you’d like us to address, please do let us know. We’ll consider it.

P.S. No my dogs aren’t fat and they have perfectly acceptable toe nail lengths, even by Nail Nazi standards. I thought about posting a photo but I don’t need facebook stalkers, thanks.

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8 Responses to “Older and Wiser, An Educational Rant By Potnoodle”

  1. cindy holcomb April 6, 2017 at 2:13 am #

    I am not getting old, I am old….and thank you….I left a group just because of such behavior…mean is mean no matter how you dress it up. p.s. And my dogs have short nails and aren’t fat either

  2. Barbara April 6, 2017 at 2:15 am #

    I’ve missed you! Hope everything is ok. Looking forward to more regular posts.

  3. anne williams April 6, 2017 at 2:16 am #

    🙂 sooo good to have you back! I love your Posts, agree with the majority of them.

  4. malsinIL April 6, 2017 at 2:29 am #

    Looking forward to more Dog snob posts! Long time fan, first time caller, every time I see a questionable dog toy design I think of y’all, etc.

  5. casdog1 April 6, 2017 at 8:25 pm #

    “That Malinois your mom bought you that does rally and dock diving every now and again is a pet too, no matter how many “working dog, do not pet” patches you put on his Julius K9… so cool your shit.”

    Mic. Fucking. DROP.

    • Jessica April 6, 2017 at 8:31 pm #

      I know, that line killed it.

  6. Rosemary April 7, 2017 at 2:31 am #

    As my dog and I both get older, we’ve settled into a pattern of doing only the things we both _really_ enjoy doing together. There is nothing wrong with his being a pet.

  7. Cyn Hanrahan McCollum April 7, 2017 at 2:31 pm #

    Welcome back, good to hear from you. And I agree with every word you said. Dog people need to just chill. But from both sides of the border. I’m not cruel because I obedience train my dogs to a high level. I’m not irresponsible because my dog gets to keep his balls. I’m not a snob because I don’t allow my dog to be part of JQP’s tourism experience ie can I pet you r dog, can I pet your dog or just diving in to pet my dog. I walk him carrying a sharp ended walking staff in case of loose dog or those “friendly” ones dragging their owners toward us. No, you may not feed my dog anything. No, he doesn’t look scared, that’s his sarcastic eye roll because you are behaving below his standards. Both sides of the border need to chill the fuck out and love their own dogs.

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