While I believe that no dog owner is perfect, most of the time, a little common sense is the only thing that can aid us in properly handling our fur babies, especially during urgent situations.
Everyday, I get to see various posts on different dog groups on how people handle their "beloved" pets. Some are great, some are tolerable, some need to be educated seriously, while some need to be contained immediately before they lay eggs.
Here are the most annoying dog lovers and dog owners that unfortunately exist on Facebook, and worse.. on earth. Are you one of them?
1. The Low-Budget Dog Buyer
You're looking for a purebred dog with that budget? And worse, you wanted it to be PCCI-registered? Do you even know the costs of a puppy's vaccines and the whole litter's registration?
Before releasing a puppy, a good breeder spends about P1,550 to P2,500 for a puppy's series of vaccination and deworming. Another P900 to a fortune, depending on the number of puppies, for registering them.
And I haven't mentioned the costs of dog food, milk or any supplements yet.
Most importantly, if you're low on budget, what makes you think that you can take care and raise the dog properly? What will you feed him? What if he got sick? How about his scheduled vaccines? You're not thinking of just sitting in a corner, crying, while waiting for your parents' money or a miracle... are you?
2. The Choosy Dog Adopter
Please don't get me wrong. You may have the purest of intentions in wanting to adopt a dog. However, if you have a breed preference and you don't want to adopt an "aspin" or atleast a half-breed dog, then don't try to fool anyone by saying you just want to save a dog's life. You obviously need that dog for other purposes like showing off, breeding, or other self-satisfying reasons.
I won't get tired in saying this: If you want a purebred dog, buy one!
3. The Clueless First Timer
You have the money. You bought a puppy because you can't resist his cuteness. What if that puppy requires constant grooming, a daily 30-minute walk, or perhaps, a special dog food and a number of supplements to maintain his lustrous coat?
Are you willing to devote this much time and money for the next 10 to 15 years? No? Not sure? Then congratulations! You just threw this puppy's chance of having a good life from a well-deserved potential owner. What's your next move now? Re-sell him? Put him up for adoption? Or keep and cage him for the rest of his life? You're now one of the worst and most irresponsible dog owners in the history of men.
A responsible dog owner does his research on the breed first before making a decision. He wants to make sure if that specific breed fits his lifestyle, home, preferences and budget.
Don't just buy a dog just because he's cute. There are more important factors to consider before getting one than his appearance.
4. The FB-Dependent Dog Owner
Facebook may look like a large treasure chest of answers but we have to remember that this is a platform consisting of people... real people with real lives behind these computers and smart phones. You can't always expect an immediate answer for emergency queries like this one. Besides, no matter how serious your query may be, people may not feel the same urgency you may be feeling right now. At the end of the day, your post will just be an ordinary Facebook post that is meant to be buried by new ones on people's feeds.
Secondly, if your dog is sick and hasn't been eating for two days now, and worse, vomiting blood... why are you still on Facebook? Put down your phone now and take him to the vet ASAP! Even if you have a Facebook friend who's a veterinarian, he won't be able to run tests on your dog online. No money to pay the vet? Read #1 again!
5. The Backyard Breeder
One of the most important rules in buying a dog is "Only buy a puppy from a good and responsible breeder, not from a backyard breeder". Unfortunately, the number of backyard breeders today is already getting out of hand. Why? It's because many people are not well-informed of the consequences and dangers in buying a puppy from these breeders.
If the breeder sells animals to pet stores, sells multiple breeds (more than 3 kinds), sells dogs with no papers, doesn't value his reputation for seeking to improve the breed, doesn't provide guidance and tips to buyers, doesn't have at least the mother dog in his premises, insists of meet-ups with the buyer somewhere else instead of inviting for a kennel visit, has no deep knowledge about the breed's history, temperament, etc. - then he's a backyard breeder.
First time dog buyers are the easiest targets. New and more reports of different kinds of backyard breeding scams appear on my timeline almost everyday. Since all puppies are cute and cuddly, many believe that the ones they bought are purebred. If you're unlucky enough, puppies from some of these breeders have health conditions that may appear after they turned one (personal experience!) as a result of inbreeding or improper breeding.
A friend felt very lucky after he purchased a purebred dog with a PCCI Registration for a very low price. After 3 months, he decided to transfer his dog's paper under his name. Upon his visit at the PCCI office, he discovered that the registration he's holding was fake. He tried to contact the backyard breeder but the number was already inactive. And to make matters worse, he doesn't know his address since they met outside a mall. The breeder's name in his fake registration isn't his.
These backyard breeders should stop once and for all. Not only for the time I've been wasting in reporting and bashing them online, not only for the naive buyers who are easily scammed by these improper puppy mills, but also for the quality of the breeds and their next generation. If this kind of business will continue, almost all dogs in the future will have shorter life spans, weaker immunity systems, more health conditions, and even untimely extinctions.
6. The Hoarder
Before having more than 3 or 4 dogs at home, think of your future first. If you start having a family of your own, can you still handle all of them? Can you still provide them everything they need (food, vaccines, exercise, play time, etc)?
Worst scenario - what if one of them got infected with a contagious disease? Do you have the appropriate premises to isolate the sick dog from the healthy ones? Can you make sure that you can easily disinfect the areas so no one gets the virus? And most importantly, can you afford the vet bills if everyone gets sick?
7. The Traditional HomeownerThey poison and kill them before entering the property.
If you want to secure your homes, install a home security system instead of risking an innocent dog's life!
8. The Show-Off
Bro, if I didn't know you and I saw you at the park with your dog, the reason why I'll come to you is because of your dog. Not you. I'm sure that other people will strongly agree with me.
Don't get a dog if this is your only purpose. You'll be wasting your time and money. If you want to charm women by getting a dog, then you're a hopeless loser. They want your dog, not you.