How our loved ones treat our furry friends is no joking matter. To some people, dogs are just animals, but to any true dog lover, they’re a part of the family. So, it’s important that our partners are on the same page in this regard. In fact, many dog lovers are quick to end relationships and friendships over someone disrespecting their dogs.
So, when one girl posted a lighthearted video of her boyfriend playing with her dog on TikTok, her followers quickly grew skeptical. Suddenly, she received many negative comments, urging her to break up with him. But were they being dramatic or not?
A Simple Video
Erica Packard has TikTok and Instagram pages dedicated specifically to her dog, Brick. She especially loves to dress him up in adorable jerseys. She even lets him pick his favorite teams by laying out two jerseys and letting him sniff the one he likes best. But every once in a while, she mixes it up and posts something a little bit different.
One day, she posted a video that her security cameras had taken. It was only a few seconds long, and it showed her boyfriend and her dog out in the yard. Her boyfriend is standing on the deck while Brick seems to be patiently waiting for him to throw a toy. Instead of throwing the toy, he drops it on the chair and walks away. He mumbles a bad word under his breath, which the video picks up. It seems that he’s referencing Brick when he says it.
“Cameras are a woman’s best friend,” Packard wrote in the caption.
While the inappropriate word was likely just a joke, many viewers didn’t see it that way. Soon, hundreds of people were commenting, urging Packard to break up with her boyfriend.
Everyone Has an Opinion
It doesn’t seem like one video should be able to determine someone’s opinion of a person, but the people in the TikTok comments seem to disagree. Many dog lovers saw the word as a red flag. Here are just a few of those comments:
“You need a new man.”
“Leave him, he can’t treat your baby right.”
“Ha, no, if he ain’t treat my dogs like his babies THEN HE GOTTA GO.”
But then, others found those opinions to be a bit too extreme and judgmental. Many backed up the boyfriend, saying he was probably just joking. Plus, it’s impossible to know everything about him based on one video taken out of context. So, here are a few of those opinions:
“I’m pretty sure he wanted to play with the dog but the dog wouldn’t come for the toy.”
“It’s a joke, y’all mad for what?”
“Some of you don’t know how it feels when you try to give your dog love and attention and it doesn’t phase them.”
Packard appreciated the concern, but she assured everyone that she and her boyfriend were going to be just fine. She had no idea that such a simple video would produce such mixed reactions. So, was the boyfriend being rude to the dog or was he joking? It all seems to be a matter of perspective.
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