This morning, for the second time now, you have walked past my dog Dexter and I on our morning walk, gave him a really dirty look and said “ugly dog!”
The first time caught me really off-guard and took me a few seconds to think of a comeback, so I called after you “yeah! well so are you!”. That wasn’t very mature of me, I admit it, but when someone verbally degrades my dog, I feel the need to defend him because he is unable to do so himself.
This morning when you called him ugly, again it took me by surprise but I was better prepared to handle it. I simply said “excuse me? that’s rude!”, then looked down at Dexter who was looking up at me with those sad eyes of his and said “don’t worry Baby, you’re beautiful” and he proceeded to relieve himself on a lamppost. All seemed right in his little world again.
But I don’t get it. Why do you feel the need to continually put down my dog, who has done nothing to you whatsoever, aside from share a sidewalk from time to time? I know a lot of people consider bulldogs to be “ugly”, or “so ugly they’re cute”, but what gives humans the right to decide what breed is beautiful and what breed isn’t? We don’t have a right. Dogs don’t judge us, and we shouldn’t judge them.
Would you walk by a mother and child walking down the street and call the child ugly? I highly doubt you would.
So please, sir, consider for a moment how you are not only putting down a creature who is unable to defend himself against your verbal abusiveness, but how you are also putting down the woman walking him, the woman who loves him unconditionally, who will defend him and his adorableness until the end of time, and stop filling the world with unnecessary hatred because there is enough of that in this world as it is.
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