For when the Bell TROLLS it TROLLS for thee! Some recent news of note: The FaceBook page “I hate dogs” has reached nearly 2000 “Likes”! If you enjoy provoking people, you should post something even marginally critical about dogs or their owners and you will experience an outpouring of outrage and vitriol the likes you have NEVER seen! Also consider: This, and This, and This.
A while back I reported on the up and coming dog hater movement that has swept the internet and is working its way into various social circles. The intensity of the haters is exceeded only by the intense fanaticism of the hard core dog lover. You can’t have the Yin without the Yang people!
I admit that following this phenomenon has become a vice of sorts for me. Watching the dog nuts and the haters claw and tear at each other vastly exceeds the entertainment value (perhaps blood lust) of professional wrestling, ultimate fighting, all with the non-stop intensity of the most graphic war film. They battle as if the future of the universe itself is at stake!
Here is my rhetorical question for the day: Why do dog lovers take SUCH intense issue with the notion of others not liking dogs? There are “hate” pages for cats, horses, rats, snakes, etc… but you don’t see anywhere near the outpouring of intense, foaming-at-the-mouth, apoplectic rage aimed AT those pages. I am a cat lover, but I am not on the “I hate cats” page making a complete fool of myself on a daily basis! I respect the fact that not everyone likes cats and that they don’t necessarily need a reason for that. Indeed, there is something different about the dog lover that you just don’t see anywhere else. Of course, this makes them an easy target!
I am not exaggerating. Dog lovers are mounting a HUGE campaign to get the dog-disliker pages shut down. This is true to form, given that dog nuts do not respect any of our other rights, i.e. control the noise level in our homes, have a yard free of dog crap, use our public spaces in peace and safety, etc… it is sadly predictable that they would NOT respect anyone else’s right to free speech or expression, either. This fits neatly with the notion that they feel they are truly an entitlement overclass, and they can take our rights at whim. Of course, they don’t care about any of the OTHER “hate” pages. Hate is only bad when it’s directed at dogs or their owners, apparently.
I have identified several arch-types in the “counter hater” movement. This is by no means an exhaustive list:
- The Proselytizer. The Proselytizer firmly believes that dogs are, by far, the most wonderful thing EVER. Dogs are by definition GODS among us and MUST be considered and treated as such by ALL. Not content to practice their “religion” on their own, The Proselytizer has a burning, uncontrollable need to convince every other living soul of this absolute truism. If you do not worship dogs and dog owners with every particle of your being, they will proselytize you to the end of the earth. Merely “liking” dogs is not good enough! They will NOT rest until EVERYONE bows down at the altar of the dog!
- The Thug. The Thug is similar to the Proselytizer in that they consider dogs are gods among us that must be worshiped by all. However, Thugs take a different tactic. They believe that violence and intimidation are the best way to bring the rest of us non-worshipers into the fold. Thugs will threaten violence, including rape and murder, violence aimed at family members, etc… towards anyone who does not share their POV 100%. Essentially, they are going to beat, rape, and torture you until you love all dogs unconditionally. Note that many Thugs appear to be Pit Bull owners.
- The Entitlement Junkie. The Entitlement Junkie believes that the sole purpose of government, indeed the sole purpose of human civilization, is to protect and promote the interests of dogs and dog owners. To them, this is STRICTLY a nation OF dogs, BY dogs, and FOR dogs. Upon realizing that there are people who have priorities outside of the doggy world, they notify State Police, FBI and CIA (no kidding!) of this intolerable blasphemy. Yes, to them, none of these organizations has anything better to do than go after those who simply do not prefer the company of dogs. Indeed, every penny of your tax money MUST be directed towards creating a Utopia for dogs and their owners. Everyone exists to serve THEM.
Now, I agree that any page that promotes illegal activity, such as animal abuse, SHOULD be closed as criminal conspiracies are not protected under the 1st amendment. However, it appears that most, if not all, of the illicit activity (threats of violence, abuse of authorities, using pets as weapons, etc…) on these pages is being promoted by the dog lovers themselves. In addition to attempting to strip the Dislikers of their 1st amendment protections, they have issued the most dire of threats against the same.
Moreover, the “lovers” insist that the haters are promoting animal abuse. Really? Generally speaking, who commits the most animal abuse? Is it “haters” who want nothing to do with dogs, and rarely own them, or is it folks who claim to love dogs who then proceed to: Beat dogs, breed them uncontrollably, dump them in shelters, abandon them, “rescue” them and then house them in horrid conditions, put them in harms way, use them as offensive weapons against their neighbors etc…?
Indeed, 99.9% of atrocities committed against dogs are by individuals within the dog owning community, something by definition the Hater not a part of. Here is a good question: Who is responsible for the million Pit Bulls destroyed in USA shelters on a yearly basis… is it: A) Pit Bull breeders, B) Pit bull owners, C) Pit bull apologistas, D) “Haters” or E) a, b, and c?
Correct answer is “E”. The Million pit bulls destroyed each year are a direct result of irresponsible “line” breeders of pit bulls, idiots and thugs who adopt them and proceed to use them as a weapon, and moronic celebrity and media people who insist that the Pit bull is a “Nanny Dog”! Dog lovers: The biggest threat to your community is WITHIN YOUR OWN COMMUNITY.
This isn’t to say that a Hater may or may not indulge in a little “cleanup” on their own initiative. They may leave out a hotdog marinated in automotive antifreeze, or on rare occasion shoot a dog. However, I am confident that, while many of these incidents may not quite meet the legal threshold for force against a dog, these incidents are in response to a dog being used as a weapon against them. Hey dog lovers: If you don’t your dogs poisoned, shot, and beaten with shovels YOU MUST KEEP THEM UNDER CONTROL AT ALL TIMES! You CAN’T expect your neighbors to summarily surrender their rights to you, even when the law demands that they do so.
Back to the original theme of this essay. If the mere thought of someone disliking dogs, and/or taking issue with your dog’s behavior drives you into a foaming at the mouth rage, you might want to consider exactly WHO is the criminal: Is it the one who wants to live in peace, or those that want to use force and violence those who don’t share your point of view?
You may also want to consider that, it’s YOUR reaction that these people are seeking. Why give them the satisfaction? The "bell" TROLLS for Thee!
Think about it.