I should not have to post a disclaimer with every photo, video, or post I share, be it here, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Nobody should.
However, it almost seems necessary. Anything one shares with the public is open for scrutiny, criticism, and blatant trolling.
"I am aware that my dog briefly had a bar of soap in his mouth. I am aware that if a dog ingests soap, gastrointestinal upset, diarrhea, and vomiting can occur. I am also aware that my dogs have eaten much worse things than a bar of soap, including, but not limited to: the feces of various species of animals, styrofoam, socks, etc."
Because everyone is an expert in their own mind, and I'm certain some people only use Facebook as a means to be a jerk, and prove to the world how smart they are.
These people obviously know dogs better than the dogs' owners.
Someone posted a cute photo of their dog posed with an item. The dog was yawning. OF COURSE someone had to leave a comment about the dog "obviously being stressed." I wrote in which I mention using a prong collar on Bruce. That was a big ole can of worms. Coward that I am, I deleted many comments instead of addressing them.
You feed kibble, you're terrible. You feed raw, you're going to kill your dog. "My best friend's neighbor's cousin's dog choked because she left it's flat collar on when she wasn't home, so you're an idiot for leaving a collar on..." Blah, blah, blah.
I guarantee most dog owners know their dogs better than anyone else. Unfortunately some fail to recognize the same holds true for the majority of other dog owners out there, and some believe that they know all dogs better than the respective dogs' owners do.
Faolan loves to scent roll. On many things. He gets great enjoyment out of it. I posted a video on Facebook of him scent rolling on a dryer sheet.
I am well aware that dryer sheets are dangerous if a dog ingests them. At one point in the video, I saw him chewing, and made move to stop. Turns out he was not chewing on the dryer sheet, and had he been, a stern "No" would have stopped him. I did not post a disclaimer, and ended up deleting several comments in reference to this, some of them quite hateful.
On the same video a gentleman commented "there's trouble brewing there, that hybrid is obviously the boss" along with some other long winded crap. Give me a break. Seriously? (The fact that he used the term "hybrid" makes him instantly lose any credibility in my book, let alone his misguided notions about dominance.)
You know what else Faolan loves? Pledge furniture polish. Hair product.
Then there are those who push their way of doing things. Down. Your. Throat. They disguise their egotistical posts as an attempt to help others. Sometimes they just go ahead and state that you are an awful dog owner if you don't do things their way.
Get over it people. Move on. Let someone share a cute photo of their dog in a costume, even if the dog is panting. It doesn't necessarily mean the dog is uncomfortable, nervous, or overheated. We don't know the context of everything. Let me share a photo of my dogs playing, without accusing me of violence. Yeah, that really happened...
I sometimes think critical thoughts upon seeing a picture or post about someone else's dog. But, optimist that I am, I immediately try to squelch them, and see the positives/humor/cuteness of said photo or post. Unless someone is asking for an opinion or advice, or a dog is obviously in danger, leave your expertise and hateful opinions in your head.
What have the internet experts said about you and your dogs?