Dogs love unconditionally. They’ve seen you at the lowest points in your life and they’ve been there through the high points. They’ve seen you naked, they’ve heard you sing. They’ve been there throughout accidents, illness and health. When done right, it is a true partnership.
People get dogs for a variety of reasons. Some feel that they need protection, some feel that their family won’t be complete without a dog, some people fall in love with the first furry face they see and just can’t resist. Some people need dogs to be their eyes or ears, some need warning that they’re about to have seizures. Some people get a pitbull or a Rottweiler so they can look “tough,” or “street.” Some people get dogs so that they can pit them against each other for sport and profit. Some people get a Yorkie or a Chihuahua to carry around in their purse so they can show off how “High Maintenance” they are.
Regardless of your reasons, the dog rarely has a say in it. Puppies come into this world as blank slates. You will get out of them exactly what you put into them.
I’ve seen huge men walking Chihuahuas and my first thought was “Now there goes a real man.” Conversely, I’ve seen men walking walking huge dogs using prong collars and spiked harnesses and thought how sad it was that men that big can’t control a harmless little dog without resorting to aversive methods. I’ve seen people hit dogs for licking them in the face, I’ve even seen a man hit a dog for whining. There is nothing more pathetic than that.
Dogs are sentient beings, they have feelings and emotions comparable to ours. They are not and should not be status symbols. You want to look tough? Go work out at the gym and get muscles the size of your head. You want to look like a diva? Buy a pink corvette and wear clothes you can’t afford. But leave the animals out of it. They get no say.
I’ve seen people strangle dogs, scream at dogs and kick their dogs because they didn’t obey a command in a timely manner. To those people I ask: Do you do everything right as you’re told to 100% of the time? I know I don’t. Animals are intelligent beings who deserve the same compassion as anybody else. They are not status symbols. They are not here because our ego demands it. If you are so insecure that the only way you can feel like a man is to slap a spiked leather collar on a Great Dane, then you would be better off without the dog. Save the money you would have spent on dog food to go see a shrink and work out your problems. Both you and the dog will be better for it.
I’ve seen people go into debt to provide veterinary care for their dogs. I’ve seen people go without food so that they could feed their dog. I’ve seen the highs and lows of mankind when it comes to animals. Just remember that that little being beside you depends on you 100%.
There is nothing inherently wrong with spiked collars for decoration. There is nothing wrong with a feminine woman who enjoys small dogs or a big guy who likes big dogs and vice versa. Just make sure that you’re getting the right dog for the right reason. Get a dog whose energy level and personality matches yours, you’ll both be happier and get the most out of your relationship.