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Ignorance is bliss

So yesterday I was told that a co-worker of mine absolutely hates my dog. I know this shouldn’t hurt my feelings but it really bothers me. There is no reason for the dislike other than she’s a really really big gal and she says “that’s too big for me” as a dog Lover herself I’d think she’d have love for any pet big or small. So I’ve stopped bringing her into work when she is there. Just to show some respect for her feelings. I understand big dogs can be intimidating to others because of their size but this kind of reaction happens weekly. When I walk my dog, she’s on a short leash (because she’s still training) people will cross the street and pick up their pets and actually scowl… That, in turn makes me feel she is unaccepted in the pet world. My dog has the sweetest disposition. She’s very friendly and usually well mannered….being a pup still she can get excited and sometimes scared at new things (a snowman scared her) I feel alot of my friends don’t want to be around her only because of her size… Is this just the way it’s going to be for us because ignorance is bliss?

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  1. Ill be your friend. I love big dogs! I wouldn’t worry about other people. If you explain she is in training and yeah she’s big but has an amazing temperament and heart. They should understand.

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  2. I mean not everyone likes my dog but I wouldn’t call it ignorant. Who cares if your co worker doesn’t like your dog. You don’t need anyone approval for having a dog. As for people picking up their dogs unfortunately that’s a part of owning a large breed. I would rather someone pick up their yappy small dog then allow it to come running and barking at my dog

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  3. Why are they idiots?! Lol usually the bigger dogs are complete sweetie pies and wusses lol safer with big dogs than little dogs! If I knew you and it wasn’t weird, I would hang out with you and your gentle giant all the time! They can suck it!

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  4. I feel what your saying most of my co workers don’t like pets and when my daughter to
    Took out 4 month poop out to walk ppl cross the street. Don’t take it personal just love your dog that’s all that matters.

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  5. One interesting thing I’ve learned over the years, people can be quite oblivious to the behavior of their own dogs. What to you is a dog in training and puppy behaviour, can be overwhelming and poor manners to another. I don’t have a personal opinion either way about you and your pup. It could very well be your coworker is just an a#$^& or perhaps the person that shared that information with you doesn’t have your best interest in mind either. The only thing you have control over is you. Being respectful of your co-worker is very kind but you also need to balance that with maybe having a chat with them if it bothers you to the point that you change your daily behaviors and potentially affect social interaction to help train your pup.

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  6. I always just laugh and ask if there scared and feel good about myself

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  7. Tom Kinakin Tom Kinakin says:

    Its just the way it is. I haven’t got any invites anywhere and no one comes around since i got my pups.
    So I guess they’re doing their jobs.
    People suck. Get a dog.

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  8. I’ve heard mean ignorant things being said about small dogs too.

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    • It’s those mean ignorant things that have caused us to raise our tiny 7.8 pound dog the way we have. As a result he loves everyone, doesn’t yap nor bite. He actually might think he’s a big dog lol.

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  9. Bring her over her and George will have a great time

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  10. I was great around all dogs up until last year when my son and I were trapped in a corner and attacked by a large breed dog. I managed to fight it off without either of us getting hurt but the situation left me nervous and uncomfortable around larger dogs. I may cross the street if I feel uncomfortable but i wouldn’t scowl at you. That’s just rude.

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  11. Me and my doggy Moose have no friends lol he’s hyper, not the smartest but a big big baby.

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  12. I don’t like my daughters dog……you think she cares!

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  13. Why bring your dog into work?

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  14. Not everyone is gonna like your Asian cuisine, get over it.

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  15. Seems more is happening here than you realize. Sorry to sound like a know it all but I have to say. A LOT! Of people have no clue what they re doing or can not read their own animal. Lots of people can’t even read the signs of stress in their animal.
    If you’re raising a dog that people hate and walk away from then you re doing something wrong. I had a huge dog and was loved everywhere but I raised a gentle giant that wasn’t a menace

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  16. I used to pick up my Pom because most of the time he’d be nice to other dogs but occasionally he’d be a snappy little jerk and I’d pick him up because I didn’t want my little dog snapping at the heels of your dog and , thought it never happened, injuring your dog. It was just being a responsible dog owner.

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  17. Sounds like you may be the ignorant one. Stop projecting your insecurities into others and just enjoy your dog without looking for third party approval.

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  18. My lil Havanese weighing only 7.8 pounds has learned to socialize with dogs of all sizes. Sometimes it’s the gentle giants that are the safest to be around.

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  19. Annette Wood Annette Wood says:

    Jeanette Sutherland

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  20. What.The.Actual.Fuck. This world, man. Wtf.

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  21. Kerrie Yates Kerrie Yates says:

    Not everyone is comfortable with my big newfie either. Big dogs can be intimidating to people. No matter how friendly they are.

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  22. Just love your dog. Don’t worry about cranky people.

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  23. If she’s a pup and still a bit skittish, getting to meet people while on walks or even at the puppy park (EHS has one, plus the City of Edmonton parks) are a great idea. There are also doggy classes for dogs who are still learning to get used to people and things at EHS or pet stores.

    I’ve helped a few people with skittish dogs learn to make friends. Kind of depends on the dog. The one dog had been abused and was lashing out; we made friends over peanut butter, walkies and a biscuit. Another dog it was just me standing and ignoring it until it came to me.

    If your coworker doesn’t like your dog, she doesn’t have to interact with it. As long as your dog is behaving and not jumping up on her and you have permission to have the dog at work, I personally wouldn’t worry. Just like not everyone likes children or certain ages, not everyone likes dogs of certain sizes, or cats of certain breeds.

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  24. Tracy Nic Tracy Nic says:

    It’s probably normal to feel sad that someone doesnt like your pet. I consider myself a dog lover, but I tend to think small breeds like shitzus, etc are ugly and dont really care for them. However, I love most med to large breeds.

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  25. Why is your dog at work? Maybe she dislikes the fact your attention is on your pupper and not your job?

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  26. I’m just here for all the photos of peoples poochies!

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  27. Idk, sounds like she’s a rambunctious puppy. There’s nothing wrong with that, but not everyone is going to be comfortable with that.

    It’s a GOOD thing people pick up their smaller pets – you don’t know their temperament, and they don’t know your pup’s. They’re avoiding a possible conflict like a responsible pet owner.

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  28. I feel you. I had a pitbull and people reacted the same way. It sucked. My dog was super sweet and loving. Some things would make her too excited and some things scared her. But she was still a sweetheart and didn’t deserve to treated like she was a terrible pup.

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  29. Jeanette Sutherland you just suck as a human. Hating dogs??? Really???

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  30. Eddie Belzil Eddie Belzil says:

    K I’m confused. Who’s the “big gal?” Your dog or the coworker?

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  31. If you want a dog party stay the fuck home. You’re at work. Work.

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  32. Jeanette SutherlandIts not hard to tell you don’t like animals. Mine wouldn’t come near you! You’d never have to worry.

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  33. Lois Sunley Lois Sunley says:

    I am sorry you have to deal with this I do not take my dogs places and they are little but can be yappy also not acceptable to most people I love all animals myself but have respect for larger dogs only because I was bitten as a child but dogs usually love me 🙂 I would never stay away from my friends with bigger dogs

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  34. I’m an animal lover, but bringing a pet into the workplace isn’t always appropriate…and colleagues have no responsibility to like your dog. You just enjoy him and share him with those who do appreciate him, and let your colleague be.

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  35. Linda Riley Linda Riley says:

    I so agree….. despite my asthma hating most furballs.

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  36. Brendi Walls Brendi Walls says:

    Encourage people to ask if your fur baby “talks to strangers” before approaching her and be honest in your answers. Have you heard of the coloured neck scarf for dogs so that people know how to treat them? They wear a red scarf if they are not approachable, a yellow one if they need to be approached with caution and a green one if they are friendly to everyone.

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  37. I don’t like big dogs either. I’m short and I get jumped on, licked, etc. I am sure your dog is sweet and adorable but some people just don’t like big dogs and that’s ok.

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  38. I’m the same. It’s ok for ppl to not like kids but if you don’t like dogs you’re apparently the devil? lol

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  39. Pooja Alysha Pooja Alysha says:

    I feel like you need to live by this.

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  40. It’s your dog so who cares what others think. Some people are afraid of large dogs or intimidated by them. If they are, then be respectful and don’t bring it to work. I’m kind of curious what job allows you to bring your dog to work. If it’s a support dog then that’s an all together different issue.

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  41. casually mentions they’re better than you

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  42. In total disbelief that more people don’t think the OP is batshit crazy

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  43. Wow! This is exactly us too!
    Play date!! I love bringing my dog into work… Our yard is massive and our neighbours bring theirs too.. So they hang out outside playing. Im very lucky I can bring him into work and know he’s not alone at home cooped up.

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  44. Leigh Mack Leigh Mack says:

    If I’m out with my dog and you’re with your dog, I will cross the street to avoid you. It’s not because I don’t like your big dog. It’s because my dog can’t interact with other animals properly. I wish he could but that’s how it is. Just a different perspective. Also some people are just scared of dogs and the bigger the more intimidating. You can’t take it personally.

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  45. Roma Luste Roma Luste says:

    You bring your dog to work ? whatever ?

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  46. I’ll love your pooch. Bring ‘em over!

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  47. Susan Taylor Susan Taylor says:

    Why did she need to say anything at all but to be hurtful. People are so rude.

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  48. I used to have people cross the street, when they saw me with my big guy. Had people at the dog park “protect” their kids when he runs by or frantically call their smaller dog away when he gets near.

    Hes a lab cross lol hes 85lbs of yellow…
    He is a gentle soul that wants nothing more than pets, love and to give kisses.

    Some people are not cool with larger dogs, mostly I assume because they’re afraid or dont trust them. And that’s ok. It’s sad to me cause I think they’re kissing out, but dont sweat it. As long as you’re girl has you , thays all that matters…

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  49. Adam Dee Adam Dee says:

    I know this is impossible for “dog people” to grasp sometimes… but not EVERYONE is a “dog person”….

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  50. Craig Piche Craig Piche says:

    Why the fuck do people care so much what other people think?! This world is full of soft pushovers now it’s pathetic.

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  51. Sadly… yes… when I had my rotti people would do this and he was super friendly. People just suck. Don’t let what others do affect you so badly. It’s not healthy.

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  52. I don’t get this. You’re allowed to not like dogs. You’re allowed to like or not like anything cause nobody is your boss. I’ll never ever understand people!

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  53. Stephanie Tooke Pfft it is NOT okay when you don’t like kids. You are ostracized and people get mad. People bring their screaming poop factories to work after their new creation all the time and saying you don’t want to hold them is a huge no. Better to hide than risk getting glared at for daring to not want what everyone else wants. It’s like pineapple on pizza. Everyone wants you to eat pizza the way they do or they’re mad.

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  54. Much like pineapple on pizza, you can’t force everyone to feel the same way about everything. You’ve chosen the respectful action to limit the time your coworker has to spend with your pup but you should let it go.
    If you can’t, I read a cute article about a woman dressing her staffy/Pitbull up in costumes to make him more approachable and that’s an option.

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  55. Chad Ryan Chad Ryan says:

    I wouldn’t call that one a dog lover, cause if she loved dogs she’d love YOUR dog. Sounds like you work a pet friendly place. If I did, I’d take Charlie to work with me every day. He’s my buddy and needs my care and attention. You’re not breaking rules at work, so take her there and coworker can deal.

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