“I’m getting a puppy!”
Instead of being a naysayer, how about being a yaysayer. Here’s what I mean…
When you tell people you’re getting a puppy, these are comments you might get:
- “YOU’RE getting a PUPPY?!”
- “Do you KNOW how much they pee and poop?”
- “They will eat EVERYTHING.”
- “Do you KNOW what you’re getting yourself into?”
- “Are you SURE you want a puppy?”
- “It will wreck your house.”
- “Better hide your shoes.”
- “It will turn your yard upside down.”
- “Ugh. Why do you WANT a puppy?”
Naysayers and Debbie Downers. All of them.
I mean, imagine if you tell someone you’re pregnant or adopting a baby. And imagine these SAME comments for a human child. You would probably drop these friends like a hot potato. And, oh, by the way, have you ever HELD a hot potato? They are freaking hot.
I think the snarly comments are made by people who may lack boundaries, who simply like to blurt out their opinions. Regardless of their impact.
Some people are well-meaning and try to be helpful. They like to point out things you may not already know. As in, “You may want to put your shoes up high because puppies like to chew on shoes.” Haven’t we all watched Marley and Me? We KNOW the damages puppies can cause (we also know the love puppies and grown dogs can offer).
And some people are reality-based. As in, “Puppies are a lot of work. You have to train them to pee outside by taking them out every 10 minutes.” Gee, thanks for the pee tip.
While other people are just mean-spirited and want to burst your happy puppy bubble. As in, “Are you SURE you want a puppy??” When you’ve already told them you’re GETTING a puppy. Of course you are sure. And you are excited. (Again replace the “puppy” reference with “baby” and the comment is even meaner.)
As a future puppy owner, aren’t we simply expecting people to say:
- “That’s awesome!”
- “I love puppies.”
- “Puppies are the best.”
- “Your family is gonna love a dog.”
- “Aw, so cute. I can’t wait to see a picture.”
- “Very cool.”
- “I want a puppy.”
The next time you hear someone exclaim, “I’m getting a puppy!” Maybe ya might want to hold in the meanness for a second, and high-five the person instead. And shriek, “COOL!” #yaysayer