Dear author of “A Passionate Open Letter to the Person Pushing Their Dog in a Stroller,”
Firstly, there are so many aspects of your “letter” that are uneducated and ignorant. Let’s start with this paragraph:
“But hey, if pushing your dog in a stroller makes you really happy, I’m not mad at you. I just don’t think it’s necessary. I know you’re living your life and not hurting anyone (except maybe your dog’s pride), just don’t be surprised if you get a few eye rolls or deep sighs en route to wherever it is you’re going.”
*Rubs hands together.* Oh boy. Where do I begin?!
In fall 2017, my 8lb Chihuahua broke his foot. He was in a cast for almost 11 weeks. As you can (or maybe you can’t?) imagine, it’s extremely difficult for a small dog to walk around with an entire leg splint which weighs a crap ton. Our stroller was a miracle for us during that time. We used it for vet visits. If we were traveling, he used the stroller. Why? Because it was difficult for him to walk. Are you with me, or still judging?
I’d venture to say that most pet parents don’t use a stroller because they think their dogs are babies. In reality, we use strollers because despite your thought that they are “unnecessary,” they offer many benefits for small dogs, injured dogs, senior dogs or paralyzed dogs. Don’t you think that dogs with disabilities or other ailments deserve to live a good quality of life? Maybe you’re just cold-hearted?
It’s funny that you mention things in your letter like, “I like to think they look a little bit embarrassed when they’re seen in strollers. Like, “I’ll never live this down at the dog park” embarrassed.” To me, this says that you believe dogs feel and possibly think the way humans do. If this is the case, don’t you think dogs who need assistance deserve the help of a stroller? Perhaps you’re the embarrassed one?
Next, your paragraph stating, “Babies belong in strollers, not your four-legged friend. And if you can’t (or don’t want to) let them roam on a leash to explore the world around them because you think they’re too special or good for such a simple task, then maybe you shouldn’t have a dog in the first place.”
How the eff do you know they are just in a stroller for no reason? Do you really think all pet parents just push their dogs around in strollers for the hell of it? How ignorant can you POSSIBLY be? My Chihuahua suffers from IVDD. A debilitating spinal condition. IVDD makes it difficult for him to enjoy life sometimes because he struggles to walk. The stroller allows him to get out and have experiences, despite his set back.
Dear author of this ridiculous letter – you just sound stupid. It sounds to me like it’s YOUR pride which is being threatened. Maybe you’re jealous of dog moms and dads who aren’t embarrassed to use strollers, because they don’t care what people like you think.
Ignorance is bliss, I suppose, but pet parents really don’t care what you think. Hate to break it to you, but dog moms and dads will keep using strollers despite your silly letter.