New Series: Are You Freaking Kidding Me?!?! Please Allow Me to Vent

Photo by Hugh Clarke

In lieu of an Ask Me Anything this week (though I still have a few to answer and if you’d like to add some questions to the queue, feel free to do so at [email protected]) I’d like to share with you a message I just received. This is in response to yesterday afternoon’s β€œThis super-senior gal was taken in by the shelter at 18 years old when her former owner passed away.” (by the by, one reader is currently trying to adopt Julep, stay tuned) Update: Damn it! The reader has a cat and Julep has to be the only animal in the household. So if others are able – check out Julep here!!:

“not everyone is obsessed with dogs or likes to look at them every day. I associate them with piles of shit scattered all over town and constant episodes of neglect and irresponsibility on the part of dog owners that are a burden to every neighborhood. to me this is just grotesque and self serving.”

So, are you freaking kidding me??!?!

Who the fuck is holding a gun to your head making you read every God damn post on PoPville? First of all I like animals. It’s possible you may have gotten that impression based on the over one thousand five hundred afternoon animal fix posts. Second, this is an 18 year old dog who is miserable in a shelter and you begrudge me a post – to get her adopted? Fuck me? Fuck you!! OK fine you don’t like dogs, here’s a post about lingerie mannequins with Easter bunny heads. There, now we can be friends again.

Oh my God I feel better now. Thank you for indulging me.

‘Are You Freaking Kidding Me?!?! Please Allow Me to Vent’ is sponsored by the Ben and Sylvia Gardner foundation.

74 Comment

  • houseintherear

    100 clapping emojis and a few dog emojis!

  • Right on! I’m sick of people who think their opinion/comment is important because of free speech. Well you’ve got free will too, don’t read it, don’t do it (whatever it is that is offending you). I prefer to coexist without all the input from people who are not family or friends.

  • +1 to inifinty

  • smrtcar

    Hear, hear!

  • Haha. +1,000
    That message is an example of why we all love old dogs but not so much old cranky men.

  • this is AMAZING!!!! I don’t like people who don’t like dogs…. there is something wrong with them. Also, like you said, this is an 18 year old dog in a shelter….. you must be born without a heart if that doesn’t spark something in you. So happy to hear someone may be adopting Julep!!

    • I don’t particularly like dogs. If something is wrong with me (I don’t agree, though), it’s probably rooted in fear of animals I can’t control and a couple v. bad childhood experiences with dogs. Still, I would never say there were too many dog posts on Popville, ffs. And even I, a non-dog-lover, was touched by Julep’s story. Too many grumps in the world.

  • To the left, hater! Animals are awesome as are all of your posts about them. If anything- I’d love to see more. For instance- a weekly “DC adoptable animal” would be a great new feature!

  • ah, yes. the “grotesque and self serving” act of TRYING TO HELP AN 18 YEAR OLD DOG GET OUT OF THE SHELTER. how DARE you?!

  • This post is hilarious.

  • I am applauding in my cubicle right now, PoP. People are awful. But thank you for sharing some of the shit you have to deal with so we can all curse these kinds of things collectively in our own corners of the city. Ugh.

  • Are You Freaking Kidding Me?!?!

  • I saw Julep’s story on facebook and I was very happy to see her posted here. I would like to say THANK YOU for helping get her publicity! And I hope you’ll post a followup story if/when she gets adopted!!!

  • Take your ball and go home. What kind of ass hat is bothered by a collective effort to find a senior dog a home?

  • I would like to see more pics of horses.

  • must be a cat person lol

  • I have more reason than almost anyone to hate dogs but even I know it takes a cold SOB to get mad about a post promoting the adoption of an elderly shelter bound dog.
    Like really, who gets so mad that they would write it to complain when the see a picture of an adorable old dog?

    • Someone who has a miserable and pathetic existence.

      • Exactly. What a sad angry person. My first thought was – what an asshat. But my second thought was – pity. Im guessing this person isn’t living a happy and fulfilling life, but for blind rage about adoptable animals.

      • Good response. Don’t let the negativity bring you down, PoP!

  • A colleague who was recently in town for a conference commented that the number of dogs she saw on DC’s streets made her want to move here once she finishes graduate school; the large dog population reflected well on the city’s residents. So, really, the number of dogs on Popville is merely reflective of DC. (FWIW, we’re both cat people). Also, why chose to go after a senior dog?!

  • A bazillion thumbs up to your response. I have read it to everyone in my office.

  • So is OP the person who videoed the dog shitting in his yard but has no plans to actually do anything about the problem? It seemed like they expected the neighbors to somehow intervene on their behalf or for the offender to see the video and mend his ways.

    This kind of crankiness is not necessarily restricted to old men–it pops up in people who think their neighborhood “needs” a Whole Foods or a place is unlivable with window a/c units.

    • Nah, I think this is a special kind of crankiness — the crankiness of someone being so annoyed by a “senior dog seeking home” post that he/she felt compelled to write the Prince about it. It’s just Grinch-y.

    • I read on another source that this wasn’t the first time this happened to the guy with the cameras. One time he caught a FOX that was chasing a cat and decided to leave a turd in the middle of this guy’s lawn. That cracked me up.
      Also, on another occasion when he did the same thing, he did get an apology on his front door (really, that’s not a euphemism).

    • Not sorry I can afford nice things. Say, are you the leader of the campaign against the Alamo/the entire associated redevelopment? If I can’t afford the nice things, no one should have them!

    • I do think it is irrational to be mad that someone lets their dog shit in your yard.

      I do think it is irrational to be mad that POP wants to help an 18 year old senior dog find a home.

      The idea you or anyone would equate the two is bewildering. I love dogs. I have one. I would literally throw myself in front of a car to save a dog before an adult human. But even I don’t want someone else let their dog shit in my yard and not clean it up.

  • I understand not liking dogs, or any animals. I don’t understand why that person felt the need to say something. Just because you can say something doesn’t mean you should. Hope that person grows up soon.

  • One of these days I hope I get to meet Mr and Mrs. Gardner πŸ™‚

    Also lol at people who expect a PERSONAL BLOG is supposed to be null and void of any sort of PERSONAL bias…..

  • binntp

    I’m not really into fashion, so I think I’ll write a bitchy letter to Vogue magazine…really, where do these people come from?

  • love this! poor julep. if I didn’t have a psycho small dog at home I would adopt her.

  • I feel like dumb letters from dumber people are proof you’re doing something right. I don’t know who peed in their weaties but it seriously takes ZERO EFFORT to skip over posts that don’t interest you. Like I do with,say, posts about sports bars. Sorry but true.

  • I’ll add another +1. If you don’t like ____, don’t have ___, but don’t begrudge others for it. Plus, this post was designed to reduce the misery in the world one tiny little bit. The fact that some dog owners are irresponsible is irrelevant to helping this one poor, lonely dog.

  • Animal pictures are helping me stay sane in our now-insane Land of 45. Vent all you need to, Dan. You are appreciated far and wide.

  • I don’t like dogs that much, but even I hope an 18-year old rescue dog is able to find a home! Animals should be happy and taken care of, I personally don’t want to interfere with their lives, but other humans are welcome to.

  • I think this calls for a repost of every single afternoon animal fix you’ve posted over the last year. You can skip the sad lost pet or pet in need of a home, cuz those make me sad. But BRING ON THE CUTENESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • GOOD FOR YOU, @PRINCE OF PETWORTH! What a horrible thing to say. Also, I am extremely sad to hear that Julep is still looking for a home. I would happily take her if my own elderly dog’s dementia weren’t getting so out of control (he can no longer have other animals in the house.)

  • I love Popville and I skip every pet post. I can’t imagine writing in to complain about them! Get a life, complainer.

  • justinbc

    This isn’t like a radio station where you have to listen through the garbage songs to maybe hear the good ones. Something tells me this person is just trolling for a reaction, and got what he / she wanted.

  • As the owner of a senior dog, them’s fightin’ words. Dude, I don’t drink, but I don’t complain when there’s a story about a happy hour. For the love of potatoes, you want a dog-free blog? Start. Your. Own. Blog. I’m sure you can hunt for some “uptight and selfish” URL…gah.

  • Can you ask them for a list of acceptable topics so that you don’t (heaven forbid!) offend them again?
    I for one wish you only posted about dogs and cats. jk

  • OMG YAS GURL! I cannot believe how shitty people are over things that have ZERO impact on their lives sometimes.

    • justinbc

      Oh I can totally believe it. I’ve met plenty of awful people. What’s worse is when they stop writing into bloggers and start getting politicians to draft bathroom bills.

  • I love you PoP!

  • *applause*

    Sounds like the kind of person one might encounter in other comments sections. The more I learn about people, the more I like my dog (or cat). #marktwain

  • What a total dick. Keep releasing the hounds, PoP!

  • All of the high fives to you! (And I hope someone takes Julep!)

  • If you haven’t already done so, it would be helpful to repost on your social media links

    • Helpful in what sense? What would it help? While the person who wrote to PoP sure seems like a piece of work, this little orgy of condemnation here in the comments section isn’t the most appealing thing I’ve seen all day either.

      • I think (although I could be wrong) that gee was referring to reposting the Julep’s info to get her more attention and thus possible adopters, not reposting this post.

        • Exactly what I meant. Please repost Julep’s info. The more people that see it the better the chance for adoption

  • Some people just need to go bark at the moon

  • No need for negativity anymore! Now we all have good news to celebrate: Julep got adopted!!!

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