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October 1, 2012

Pet Shaming: Strange Trend in Social Media

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Dear Esteemed Fans,

One of the things I can't believe I get paid to do is surf the Internet in order to find interesting and/or funny photos to post to my fans on Facebook. It's a tough job, being a working dog! While searching some of my favorite photo sites, I've noticed that there are now several photos of pets wearing signs explaining their bad behavior.

It resembles some of the human stories I've read about with judges requiring offenders to wear signs on public avenues explaining their transgressions in an attempt to shame them into being better citizens. It is slightly better than colonial systems of public humiliation, such as stocks, and the like. And humans and non-humans alike do enjoy a good joke, especially ones endorsed by esteemed judges, who generally are viewed as being rather stodgy.

It's true. We all have our dirty little secrets. Some of you feel like airing our dirty laundry... or at least reporting when we eat your undies... But it seems a bit like Junior High bathroom humor. Still, I'm not so refined that I can't at least enjoy a snicker. So here is a compilation of some of our favorites.

Is this animal abuse? Is it funny? Is it just you humans finding a way to vent over silly things we animals do? Whatever. We are STILL man's best friend!

Love (in spite of everything),

Baxter

Sharon on October 1 at 12:31 PM said:

I think pet-shaming is hilarious and therapeutic. We can make a joke of something that is really aggravating to us. This helps us to "lighten up" on the subject. The pets aren't harmed in any way and probably benefit from the extra attention.
baxter on October 1 at 1:11 PM said:

Okay, I'll give your that, Sharon. Sigh. :)
Rohnda on October 1 at 2:22 PM said:

Apparently no one has heard of D.O.A.P.S. Dog Owners Againsh Pet Shaming. We are a small group... okay, I'm the only one in it. Regardless-- all you pet owners who also want to be a DOAPS sign up here!
janice on October 1 at 2:37 PM said:

I do not approve at all..what a mockery of our beloved pets.. can't we find another way to train our animals, we should be ashamed of ourselves. I wonder what our pets would say about us, would we sit in the corner with a sign on us ??
Becky on October 1 at 6:03 PM said:

Relax..its hilarious...i guarantee your beloved pet is not ashamed by a sign that he can't read. And every dog in these pictures is adorable!
Sharon on October 1 at 6:24 PM said:

"janice on October 1, 2012 at 2:37 pm said: I do not approve at all..what a mockery of our beloved pets.. can’t we find another way to train our animals, we should be ashamed of ourselves. I wonder what our pets would say about us, would we sit in the corner with a sign on us ??" Wow! Some people can be offended by anything. This is entertainment. It is comedy. Do you honestly think this has something to do with training our pets? You act as if you think the pets can read the signs and be humiliated. That's just childish and stupid.
Sherri on October 2 at 9:57 AM said:

I think these are hilarious and comforting to know that my guy isn't the only bunny poop eater in the world.

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