Our pets are our best friends. We talk to them like they’re human, sleep with them in our beds and take them with us everywhere. Still, it’s good to have boundaries.
Yet some people don’t see a difference between pets and their human counterparts. This may lead to less-than-normal behavior that can give pet owners a bad name. Click through the following images for 10 crazy things some people do with their pets.
It’s adorable when twin children are dressed the same. It is not cute, however, when pet owners somehow find a way to match outfits with their pets. It’s great that you love your pet so much you want to express it aesthetically, just be prepared to get shifty-eyed glances from people you pass in the street.
Any pet owner can understand the impulse to dress up your four-legged friend. They just look so cute in those tiny hoodies and sweaters! One or two functional clothing items is totally acceptable, but you may have a problem if your pet ends up with a bigger wardrobe than you. Also, please, leave some clothing concepts to humans!
Parents are stuck hauling a stroller everywhere they go out of necessity, but pet owners are not. Your pup will happily walk by your side on a leash at the flea market. In fact, it's better for your pet to get all the exercise he can, and putting him in a stroller robs him of this much-needed movement. Plus it makes you look a little ridiculous (sorry, but it's true). There are exceptions, of course, like if your older pet has trouble walking. In that case, go for the stroller and screw the haters!
Believe it or not, your pet does not understand the concept of a birthday nor a party. However, the abundance of websites and companies catering to this activity might suggest otherwise. Your pet might enjoy all the attention, the treats and the toys involved, but inviting your friends to your dog’s birthday party is silly.
Ever notice that dogs or cats with their fur dyed bright pink, purple or orange have a slight look of embarrassment on their faces? That’s because it’s kind of crazy to spend the time and energy dyeing your pet’s perfectly fine natural fur color. Plus your poor pal doesn’t have a say in what color you choose. What if he hates pink? Now that’s just cruel and unusual punishment.
The death of a pet is one of the most difficult experiences any pet owner has to eventually face. Some people have trouble letting go, however, and choose to have their pets taxidermied (aka "stuffed") and displayed in their homes. While we would all love to keep our pets forever, sometimes its better just to let them go, like we do our human loved ones. Unless you’re into having the creepiest house in the neighborhood.
TURN PET'S ASHES TO DIAMONDS
Though this route is less creepy than having your pal stuffed and displayed after he passes on, this is by far crazier. There are companies that will take your pets ashes and turn them into colorful gems that you can wear. Of course, this is in exchange for thousands of dollars that only someone with an abundance of lottery winnings could actually afford.
Every pet needs to be bathed regularly, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend big money at a salon. Some pet owners, however, seem to be drawn to high-end pet salons where you can pay an arm and a leg for VIP treatment that rivals salons catering to humans. You’re better off spending that money on yourself and just taking your pet to a professional, affordable groomer.
PET GLAMOR SHOTS
We get it, you think your Yorkie is the most beautiful being on the planet. Does that mean you should spend hundreds of dollars on professional glamor shots? As cute as the results may be, the answer is no. Try using your iPhone to document your best friend’s good fur day and save that money for something else.
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SHARED DINNER TABLE
Not only is this strange behavior to let your pet eat from your kitchen table, it can also have a negative effect on your pet. Teaching your pet that its acceptable to take food from the dining table can turn your friend into a begging machine. This can become annoying if you bring your dog with you to other homes. Also, he may be more inclined to help himself from the table when you’re not around, leading him to eat human food that might not be good for him. All pets should be fed in a designated area on the floor.