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I Don't Like Dogs, But It's Okay – I'm Still a Reasonable Person

I’m not afraid of dogs. (Well, some, yeah. But only the scary ones.) I just don’t like them. There’s a difference. When I see a dog on the street, my reaction is to walk away from it, not make eye contact with it and sure as heck not let it touch (or, God forbid, lick) me. Notice how I consistently refer to dog as an “it” or a “them” instead of using a gendered pronoun. That’s not an accident. Please don’t correct me.

But I’m not a horrible person.

If it’s wandering around your house, that’s fine. (I might say I’m allergic to dogs, but I’m not. That’s my polite way of saying that I’d rather not be in the same room as it.) I’m not going to help you get it in its cage or feed it for you or anything. And I won’t let it jump on me or sit on my lap and if it tries too hard, I might push it. But that’s just so both of us will be happier! It deserves someone better. I just really don’t want a dog on my lap. Gross. It might breathe on my face or something. No thanks.

Please don’t make me hold it, or pet it, or make me responsible for it in any way. It doesn’t know who I am and it definitely won’t listen to me, so please don’t make me try and call it. And it smells bad. It doesn’t matter when you last gave it a bath. It’s smelly and hairy, and that hair comes out and it’s gross.

But look how reasonable I am! I’m not anti-dog in life. Just in my presence, and even then, I just don’t want it to touch me. I don’t mind really tiny cute puppies (my love of babies trumps my dislike of canines), pictures of dogs, or videos and stuff. And I definitely don’t mind that you like dogs. My dislike of them just means more dogs for you! And since you like them, that’s a good thing in your head! For some reason. Will you just call it so it goes over there or something? Please?

by Anna Meyer

  • Marcela Xavier

    Does that mean you also dislike babies, children and people in general? Or have a problem with physical touch? Or intimacy issues? I’m sorry it’s just that I don’t think that a person who doesn’t like dogs is a loving person. Not a bad person, but not a loving one for sure.

    • Lauren Whitaker

      No. She clearly only says that she doesn’t like dogs.

  • Sonya BookWyrm

    Wow, she apparently didn’t read the entire blog or she would have seen that you love babies. I do love dogs (all animals really) but I do know what you mean about dirty, smelly, hairy. I volunteer at an animal shelter so I get that but much stronger. Unlike above I don’t equate a dislike of dogs as unloving as everyone has their preferences in life. That just means you’ll need to hug more babies :)

  • Victor Saltykov

    I’m sorry but I find this to be an attack on dogs, you’ve obviously never had a dog and no it does not mean “more dogs for me” it means less genetic EDD (Earth Dog Diversity), a Goliath of a monument and proof of humanities goodness. And you’re telling us that you don’t want to participate? Well in the future where dogs are as smart as humans and the court brings your ancestors on trial to figure out if “Hanna shot first” I will bring forth this proof that indeed Hanna shot first, and Greedog the Rodian will be free to continue seeing eye dorg matter, policing the Cosmos 5th Ave, and rescuing all sorts of people from freezing water and ski accidents. Also dog loving will be mandatory just like Europe, and you don’t get any heridable meat. Even google disagrees

    • Lauren Whitaker


  • Thomas Edwards

    No dog should be jumping uninvited onto guests’ laps or the like. If you have to push it away, do it – dogs are robust creatures.

    If this upsets the owner, they are a bad dog owner with a disobedient dog.

  • Katie Peters

    Just so long as you don’t love cats.

    Blahhh. Cats.

  • Samantha Ritchie

    I cant stand dogs either. this made me laugh. well said!

  • Jessica Bodoh

    I agree 100%.

  • Samantha Jo

    I concur. I do not have to enjoy being licked by smelly dog tongues or take delight in the gross fur left after a dog tries to get up in my business (no, thank you). Dogs don’t respect my personal space, and I’m not into it. Don’t let the dog-disliker-haters get you down.

    P.S. I love babies – I am not simply cold-hearted (like Cruella De Vil).

  • Meg McCauley

    This is not an attack on dogs, it’s just like saying “I don’t like chocolate.” People have preferences and that’s ok. I feel the exact same way. I can be in the same room as my friends dogs, but I don’t really like the dogs. Nobody will think that you’re a terrible person for not liking chocolate, so don’t think that we’re terrible people for not liking dogs.

  • Jocqulene Castro

    This is completely and 100% me. I don’t wish they would all die or anything, I just don’t want them touching me, breathing on me, licking me, jumping on me, shedding on me, or barking at me.

  • Stephanie Houser Newman

    well, seeing as how I don’t like babies or children, and would rather not have them touching me, breathing on me, licking me, jumping on me, pooping on me, or screaming their heads off in the same room as me, I suppose I can see where you are coming from. But adopting both my dogs was one of the greatest joys of my life, not only did I get to help a defenseless creature, I get unconditional love and protection from two of the sweetest boys I have ever known! I wouldn’t trade their “smelly dog tongues” for anything.

    • Meghan Disbrow

      I completely agree.

  • Diana Del Valle

    Reminds me of a movie quote: “Never trust anyone who doesn’t smoke pot or listen to Dylan. Never trust anyone who doesn’t like the beach. Never, EVER, EVER trust anyone who says they don’t like dogs! You meet someone who doesn’t like dogs you alert the authorities IMMEDIATELY and you sure as SHIT don’t MARRY THEM! “

  • Nyssa Sager

    I absolutely love cats and all sorts of babies (puppies, chicks, whatever) and I absolutely agree with this post. I don’t HATE dogs, I just don’t really like them and I’d rather not interact with them.

  • Angela Abeyta

    Ditto, the only exception for me being well-behaved dogs who don’t jump or lick without being invited to do so.

  • Stephanie Frady

    Seriously, why is it socially acceptable to hate cats, but not dogs? I like both. But you don’t – I’m okay with that!

  • Julie Twitchell

    I like dogs but I don’t like babies. You can give me all the dogs and I can give you all the babies!

    • Mariah Munro

      I don’t like babies/kids, but I love dogs! :)

  • Flo Chica

    It’s ok. They are probably thinking the same thing. That you smell bad and are gross and that your breath smells too.

  • Johanna Ehnle

    Sometimes I forget that some people don’t like dogs. My dog assumes everyone adores him, and I assume the same! Oops. I will try to step outside of my hopeless adoration and consider the possibility of different opinions when we have house guests. It is baffling, but of course, fair and totally fine/acceptable.

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