I don't like people that much and yet people who seem to like dogs more than people still creep me out

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    I don't like people that much and yet people who seem to like dogs more than people still creep me out

    Post by chrondog on Fri Feb 17, 2017 9:12 pm

    What's up with people being obsessed with dogs in the 21st century? Every time I see someone on Tinder say "just here to hang out with your dog" or a dude who has a hundred Instagram posts with his dog I think that person is crazy. The compulsion to spend all of your waking energy on a dog doesn't resonate with me at all.

    Talk about how you feel about dogs in this thread.

    Honestly, in the last few years I've felt the urge to get a dog more than I ever have in my life. As a kid I never liked dogs much and actually resented them because my neighbors stupid dog killed my cat once when I was young. I've been around so many people, especially women, who love dogs so much. I've met some cool dogs. I had a dream about getting a dog once or twice. But I still get viscerally disgusted when I see a person fawning over a dog. For whatever reason it doesn't sit well with me.
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    Post by Ҩ on Sat Feb 18, 2017 12:18 am

    I love my dog. It's fun to just hang out on a Friday night and read while he snores next to me in bed, which is what I did tonight.

    People get carried away, but there are worse things.
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    Post by Soma on Sat Feb 18, 2017 8:18 am

    I don't like cats more than people but being British I find it a lot easier to demonstrate my affection for them eh

    Dogs are whatever but for some reason none of the British ones seem to kill cats so I got no issue. There's a passage in this one Philip Roth book (Portnoy's Complaint maybe?) about how unreasonably irritated the protagonist becomes when people talk to their dogs as though they were people and I can definitely see where hes coming from
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    Post by chrondog on Sat Feb 18, 2017 4:56 pm

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    Post by zappo on Sat Feb 18, 2017 11:31 pm

    I love dogs. Just saved my neighbor's hound from a possum and then rubbed her (the dog's) belly once the chaos was over. She's a stinky, good girl.
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    Post by undo on Sat Feb 18, 2017 11:56 pm

    I need to get a dog but I don't want one until I have a yard for it to run in.

    And by run I mean take a shit.
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    Post by jesus jones on Fri Mar 10, 2017 1:20 pm

    dogs are great. they're so joyul and dumb that "hanging out with dogs" essentially means "finding the good parts of our generally awful existence." i think people really want comfort right now and dogs provide a really uncomplicated version of that.
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    Post by Ҩ on Sat Mar 11, 2017 3:43 am

    I'm in bed right now and my bichon-poodle is snoring really loud next to me. Wondering what he is dreaming about. Probably something really cool!
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    Post by Ned Braden on Sat Mar 11, 2017 11:34 am

    jesus jones wrote:dogs are great. they're so joyul and dumb that "hanging out with dogs" essentially means "finding the good parts of our generally awful existence." i think people really want comfort right now and dogs provide a really uncomplicated version of that.
    This is on point. I've actually been thinking about this a lot lately, and I came to the conclusion that the thing most people really want is just to love and to be loved unconditionally. Peoples' myriad quirks and complications make this really hard to do. Dogs are just these ridiculous little balls of unconditional love that can serve as a consolation prize when we fail to get what we truly wanted out of life.
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    Post by Nick on Sat Mar 11, 2017 1:29 pm

    I was up at 6AM and the first time either of my cats paid attention to me was at 10:05 when one of them walked by, rubbed his face against my calf and started purring.

    That is more real life than any dog bullshit.
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    Post by chrondog on Sat Mar 11, 2017 5:48 pm

    Ned Braden wrote:I've actually been thinking about this a lot lately, and I came to the conclusion that the thing most people really want is just to love and to be loved unconditionally. Peoples' myriad quirks and complications make this really hard to do. Dogs are just these ridiculous little balls of unconditional love that can serve as a consolation prize when we fail to get what we truly wanted out of life.

    i can this see on an emotional level, even though i would find it tedious over the long term. on an intellectual level it would be absolutely zero comfort to me that animals that have been inbreed to such a level of stupidity are showing me unconditional love. it's empty in the same way that casual sex can be. the love of an uncritical dog does not substitute for an inability to be loved by people with real faculties.

    Nick, that sounds cute!
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    Post by jesus jones on Sat Mar 11, 2017 7:20 pm

    chrondog wrote:
    Ned Braden wrote:I've actually been thinking about this a lot lately, and I came to the conclusion that the thing most people really want is just to love and to be loved unconditionally. Peoples' myriad quirks and complications make this really hard to do. Dogs are just these ridiculous little balls of unconditional love that can serve as a consolation prize when we fail to get what we truly wanted out of life.

    i can this see on an emotional level, even though i would find it tedious over the long term. on an intellectual level it would be absolutely zero comfort to me that animals that have been inbreed to such a level of stupidity are showing me unconditional love. it's empty in the same way that casual sex can be. the love of an uncritical dog does not substitute for an inability to be loved by people with real faculties.

    Nick, that sounds cute!

    it doesn't get tedious. navigating the emotional complexity of humans is exhausting. if you're solely into intellectualizing pet ownership, you probably shouldn't have a pet.
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    Post by coyote on Mon Mar 13, 2017 10:52 pm

    Twice I have been attacked by dogs
    And the owners always lied and
    Never took my side.
    A customers toy poodle was killed
    By a bigger dog that ran across the street
    To attack her defenseless dog
    The owners lied over and over again
    To protect their dog to the point
    Of smearing the nice old lady

    I don't mind dogs but don't trust any dog
    Owners any longer
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    Post by zappo on Mon Mar 13, 2017 11:32 pm

    I was mauled by a dog, as a kid. Motherfucker just about tore my face off. I wasn't really his biggest fan, but I'm still down with hounds at large.
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    Post by zappo on Mon Mar 13, 2017 11:33 pm

    Not saying that to argue with you, Avec. Just commenting on my own experiences and philosophy.
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    Post by zappo on Mon Mar 13, 2017 11:33 pm

    The dog in question was euthanized at the owners' behest.
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    Post by Bruegel on Tue Mar 14, 2017 4:32 pm

    coyote wrote:
    I don't mind dogs but don't trust any dog
    Owners any longer

    this is me.

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