OFF THE RECORDS: Are Adult Dog and Cat Owners Lonely Losers?


KEVSUM: Are Adult Dog and Cat Owners Lonely Losers?This past weekend, I was complaining to a good friend who is a very successful entrepreneur about how much I HATE walking my dog over drinks. My dog is a 10-year-old (human years) black Chow. The absolute sweetest docile, most serene dog you EVER want to meet and I love her to death but I told my friend I was thinking about giving her to a family with kids so that I can get a break from dogs. He laughed and said, “With all the shit that you have going on in your life a dog must be driving you crazy!” I had to agree. You can’t ask other people to walk YOUR dog, no matter how much they love you, so no matter what I am doing I am ALWAYS conscience of the fact that I have to return home to walk my dog everyday, except when I’m traveling.I also DESPISE dog culture. When I do walk her, I’m amazed at how many other dog owners take it upon themselves to run across the street with everything from poodles to pit bulls to meet my dog. How about ASKING me first before you rush up on me? I told him it’s bad enough that I don’t want to walk the dog but to be forced to cross the street to avoid other dog owners who appear to have nothing else to do in their lives is too much and I do find it draining. I have actually tried to have a conversation with a couple of dog owners. They talked about their retirement, illnesses, divorces, depression, kids who don’t keep in touch and their dog’s sleeping habits, Oh Joy! In addition, I’ve seen some of these people walk their dog as much as 5 times a day. There have also been times that I’ve come in at 4am and see them walking their dogs in the middle of the night?I personally think it’s taking it TOO far to dress your dog and take it EVERYWHERE you go. I would never kiss my dog in the mouth. Yes, I’ve seen people do that and I will not share food with my dog. My friend pointed out that dog and cat owners are lonely losers who are disconnected from mankind… WHAT? Now that’s taking it too far… We have all had our bouts with loneliness from time to time but a lonely LOSER? I asked him how can he surmise that dog owners are lonely losers and he stated: “Think about it, how many super rich entrepreneurs do you see with dogs?” I honestly could not think of any, Jay Z, no, Russell Simmons… no, Kanye West… no, Tyler Perry…. no… Denzel… NO..Steve Harvey… NO… Oprah… YES but only for magazine shoots. So I told him he may have won that one. He went on to say. Look at MOST of the people who own dogs, they are usually unattractive and/or fat, old, lonely, single and unfulfilled in their lives. They treat those dogs like people and that’s pretty pathetic don’t you think?” WHOA I thought could that be the case? He went on to say… When was the last time, you saw a great looking woman, climbing the ladder of success in an apartment with a dog? How many single athletes do you see with dogs? I was starting to realize my friend did not think very highly of people who owned dogs at all. I’ve never seen him or his wife with one and while I was still thinking about what he just said he chimed in again… “How frustrated can you be in your life to bend over each day and pick up a stack of hot dog shit with a paper bag, man.” I have to admit, he has some interesting points. I’m not going to tell you which parts I actually agree with but I wanted to know what you think about what he said about dog and cat owners, especially industry people…

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