Picture from KidsCorner.org
Before I make my point, let me share some links first:
- Cool Hunting: Yöghund Organic Frozen Yogurt For Dogs
- TOKYOMANGO: Oxygen Cell Slows Down Canine Aging
- … and blur ting’s post about gourmet food for dogs.
Speaking as a dog owner who loves his pet dog very much, the whole idea of pampering dogs with items considered luxurious to humans is ridiculous. I give Snoop a warm place to sleep at night, I buy good quality pet food, and I show him a lot of attention and I play with him. As much as he is an important part of my family, he is but a dog.
Dogs have simple needs and their taste buds are not as sophisticated as ours, even if their noses are way better at smelling than ours. How else do you explain them biting and gnawing on mysterious looking stuff from the ground or garbage, or licking and smelling their own and other dogs’ vomit and faeces? Because they are dogs!
Dogs should also not be expected to behave like a human, not even a human baby. Dogs are naturally territorial and will always test their seniority with a newcomer in the family whether it be humans or another dog. If you’ve been around dogs, you know that this can manifest in pushing and pawing, and to snapping of teeth and growling. This is often harmless because dogs have tough skin and it usually sorts itself out once the dogs know which of them is the boss.
The other dog would be submissive and know its place. A baby or a small child wouldn’t – they’d push and poke at a dog, thinking it’s fun. It is not. And that is why a photo like this one from a CuteOverload post horrifies me. It isn’t cute; it is dangerous as rightly pointed out in the comments.
Even if the dog is tame and docile around humans, and isn’t aggressive normally it would get annoyed and snap at the baby to warn it. But a snap that probably wouldn’t hurt another dog can easily break the skin of the baby, or crush its bones. Small children and babies should never be left alone with dogs, no matter the size and breed.
Which is why every time I see a story like this one below, the first thing that pops into my head is: these people shouldn’t own dogs because a child is now either seriously injured or killed, and the dog has to be put down. Opinions which I had voiced previously.
Don’t let the love for your dog fool you into thinking that it’s behaviour and motivations are just like the rest of us. No matter how much a dog is loved, it remains an animal and should be treated as such.