So you know how men (and sometimes women) see a girl walking down the street and, if they’re not smiling, feel they have the right to tell them to smile? Or to make them feel guilty about not smiling? Well this phenomenon happens with dogs too.
Yonder is a very nice looking dog. And when people see him, they automatically think he is approachable and friendly – maybe because his tail is wagging or because he’s panting (which makes him look like he’s smiling). Even if I say, he’s going to bark at you, or, he’s wary of strangers, people will still approach thinking they are the exception. Let me tell you: they never are. And when Yonder doesn’t go up to them, wagging his tail and being all subservient - even more, when he does the opposite (barking or growling or ducking away) - they get offended. Some people even get angry, calling him “bad” or “untrained” or (yes, this happened today) "evil".
Honestly? It’s no different than that guy walking towards me on the street telling me to smile and getting offended or cussing me out when I refuse.
That guy thinks he’s entitled to feel good about watching a girl walk down the street, and if she’s not smiling it negatively affects his mood. Similarly, human beings think they’re entitled to the devotion of dogs. They see a nice-looking dog and think they have a right to that dog’s affection. So when a dog doesn’t go up to them smiling and wagging their tail or (heaven forbid!) it barks at them, they feel personally offended. Dogs are supposed to be subservient and affectionate – this is their function. They are only valuable in so far as they make human beings feel good about themselves.
This, my friends, is entitlement and I have exactly no patience for it. In fact, the next time it happens to Yonder, I’m going to chase the offender down the street myself.