1. This is so me!

  2. Me everytime I see a dog! Also, people who let you pet their dog are awesome

  3. Amy says...

    I always whisper “you’re doing a great job buddy” anytime I see a service dog at work. I know not to even approach a working dog, or their human but cannot help cheering them on!

  4. Cece says...

    It completely makes my day when I see doggies out and about and always say “hi!” to them in my head…ok, sometimes even out loud. ha. But when the urge strikes to pet a dog, I always, ALWAYS ask the owner for permission. Being the owner of a rescue that is very skittish and then comes across as aggressive, I know that each dog is different and no matter how friendly they may look, they have their own issues to deal with. Love the comments about not petting from behind but also want to include NOT TO STICK YOUR HAND IN THE DOG’S FACE either. This causes my dog major amounts of stress and she completely freaks out. And I beg parents to please PLEASE teach your children not to run up to strange dogs (or really any dog for that matter!). My neighbor’s son was 3-4 years old when we moved in to our house and I was in the front yard with my dog when he came full speed running at her. She went ballistic trying to protect me and our home from him and he ran screaming and crying back home. No parents in sight, FYI. And, for the record, my dog is pretty much scared of everything without a mean bone in her body, except when she perceives a threat, as I found out. I am in the camp of “I love dogs waaaay more than people” too! Intensifies as I get older as well.

  5. Ellen says...

    I’m a vet, and while I totally agree with the comments about asking to pet dogs and respecting their body language etc, I also have just that.much.love. for all the happy doggos I see out and about (and thankfully lots of them seem to love to be patter by me too)!

  6. Haha love this one.

  7. Angela B says...

    haha, this is me inside but I try not to do it. I was once walking my dog at night a car pulled up, parked and someone jumped out, it scared the crap out of me at first. It ended up being a woman who wanted to pet my dog but with tinted windows at night, perhaps a bit much.

  8. Janice O'Kane says...

    Ha! This is me too!!

  9. maria says...

    ME.
    as soon as i see a dog, almost any dog – i immediately SMILE. then i’ll smile at the woner, and if they look pleased that i am smiling at their dog, i’ll ask if i may pet them and if it’s YES, oh my – it’s wonderful. forget people, give me all the dogs! i’ve 2 of my own who i adore, but i can never get enough dogs!

  10. Ashley says...

    1,000% me. Not even ashamed to say that I prefer dogs over people most days!

    • Emma says...

      Oh, I can relate to that statement, Thank you so much for saying it!

  11. Christina says...

    I have a timid rescue so I know not to do this. I do, however, whisper “hi puppy” to every single dog I walk by on the street, I just can’t help it.

  12. Emily Brown says...

    oh my gosh that made me laugh. DEFINITELY me.

  13. Kim says...

    I unconsciously clean the “eye boogers” off every dog I meet. It’s a problem :)

  14. Jen says...

    I have to chime in with the others and agree, though the comic is cute, PLEASE don’t do this!! It’s a little like if random strangers ran up and tried to snuggle your child, except your child has very sharp teeth! I have a well trained, well socialized dog who really does not prefer affection from random people. It’s my job to advocate for him and I do.
    I will say I’ve pretty universally been impressed by kids – they nearly always approach and ask politely if they can pet my dog (love that!!). Puzzlingly, it’s usually the adults who need some education on appropriate behavior.
    Also, as someone above noted, please don’t let dogs from behind. It’s a really good idea to do a little googling about basic dog body language and best places to pet a dog if you have permission to touch them. It’s a whole separate issue but it makes me insane how many pictures I see of children climbing all over dogs and the dog’s body language so clearly shows stress, yet everyone thinks it’s so cute. We are so fortunate to have these amazing creatures in our lives and should do right by them

    • Jen says...

      One side benefit of all this is I have found my pets have spurred some great understandings of consent for my young kids. On almost a daily basis I find us discussing what and how our pets want (or don’t want) to be touched, recognizing and respecting their boundaries and practicing self control. I think it’s so good for them to learn to curb their impulse to interact/touch based on the input they get from that living being. It’s kind of profound!

  15. mcg says...

    This is me (on the inside) ever since my 16 year old dog/best pal died. I want to get in there and snuggle every dog I see. But I do try to restrain myself.

  16. Mary says...

    Ugh No No No!! from someone with multiple dogs that are rescues, please NEVER do this, the risk of a dog being spooked and trying to run away, or snapping out of fear or being startled is way to great. Not trying to stand on a soap box but posting this like it’s cute and fun, and not super stressful for a lot of dogs (especially if it’s kids ) is not great. Always ask the owner to pet the dog, And never pet a strange dog from the back. Cringe.

    • Jordan says...

      Agreed!!! I don’t have rescues, but I also don’t have kids. When kids run up to my dogs from the back to try and pet them, they flip.

    • Jessica Olien says...

      I understand your concern and am sorry you feel upset by it, It’s just meant to be a joke about how much enthusiasm I have for dogs, I would definitely not pet a dog without asking (even a super friendly one like the one pictured her.) It’s definitely not meant to be instructional!

    • Ann says...

      But look at the dog’s body language in the illustration! A person should still ask before they actually pet a dog, but this one is clearly wagging his tail and facing the lady.

  17. Becky says...

    Totally me. Fur babies make me so happy!

  18. Bella says...

    These people mean well but my anxious rescue pup gets so nervous when strangers come up to pet her without giving her the time she needs to feel comfortable. She’s incredibly sweet and it annoys me a bit when “dog lovers” put her in that position. Something to consider, anyway.

  19. Lana says...

    I feel seen! Literally me this morning

  20. Sarah says...

    This is 100% me

  21. Megan McC says...

    I feel attacked. :)

  22. May says...

    Hahah, oh my gosh, this is me despite my best intentions to keep it to myself! :/

  23. Catharine says...

    Ashamed to admit, this is me…and my kids