I went out the other night with someone who told me that I give my dogs too much attention. This same person went on to tell me that all the things wrong with me stem from my obsession and tremendous love and affection I have for my dogs. I don’t know if anyone else has ever experienced this type of “constructive criticism” from your friends, but personally I found these comments extremely offensive and ridiculous.
My dog is going through heart disease and has an unknown amount of time left with me, what am I supposed to do? Show my dog tough love? Let him sleep in the streets? NO, he’s my little angel baby and I am going to make his life as comfortable as possible and give him whatever he wants to keep him happy through this hard time. And you know what, even if my dog wasn’t going through any medical emergencies, I would treat him exactly the same. I don’t know what it is about some people, usually they are not dog parents and they seem to be extremely bothered by the bond that us dog parents have with our dogs. I would never tell someone that has a human child that they give their children too much attention. What is that? I can’t help it that I am a person that has a big heart and a lot of LOVE to give. And you know what, when I have my human child someday, I probably will get the same “constructive criticism” telling me I love my baby too much.
I try really hard to avoid negativity and to me, these people are toxic. If anyone else out there experiences this type of “constructive criticism” from your friends, just ignore it and know -you are an amazing person that has the ability to love . . . to show love, give love and to receive love. I guarantee the person who said those negative things to you, can’t say the same.