One example: If you didn't feed a raw diet you were practically considered evil to your dog.
Another: When I was struggling with Brut's aggression on a daily basis, I asked for help, suggestions, or how to cope and I was chastised for making him a father and bringing more aggressive dogs into this world (in their minds).
It was pretty ugly. My thin skin couldn't handle all of the abuse and self-righteousness that was being flung around, so I quit going to the forums. And because of it, I almost didn't blog at all. I just didn't think I could handle being judged so harshly. What I did with my dogs was my business, just like what someone else does with theirs, is there own. And how did that give anyone the right to knife me, if no real harm was being done?
Looking back now, I learned a few things from going on those forums. I didn't want to act or be anything like them to someone else. I'm a big believer in everyone having their own freedom and choices, even if I don't agree with them. I think everyone has the right to be who they are and do what they feel they must do for their dogs. I loved the post I did on Brut (HERE) where I spoke of my choice to keep him intact. And several readers commented that it wouldn't be their choice but respected my decision to do so. I found that very cool!! That's the kind of stuff, I would like more of, agree to disagree. I think sometimes people are afraid to state their opinions, like myself, because it isn't nice or they are afraid of starting controversy. Unless you are trying to tell me how to do my job with my dogs or my life, I am open to different opinions and ideas.
I appreciate the support and understanding I have gotten on our blog. It has made such a difference in our lives to know there is a place to go and just be ourselves. It has helped in untangling this web of Brut's aggressions, Chance and Blaze's anxiety, and any other problem we've come across with our dogs and ourselves. We are able to share and get feedback that encourages us. I've spoken before about the chastising we've gotten about our dogs, having so many, from people who really don't care about animals like we do. You can only blow off so much of before it starts to get to you. And now we always have this wonderful place in the dog blog world to come and be apart of other crazy bloggers who really understand. And we would like to thank you again and again for making our lives and our dogs better for knowing this great land of dog blog world.