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Bark louder than their bite: Dogshaming craze takes off

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James Manning

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Pesky pooches

Dog owners shame their misbehaving canines on the Dogshaming Tumblr page. 

Dog owners are finally getting their revenge for all the chewed-up loafers, mangled newspapers and surprise toilet treats on the front lawn.

On a new Tumblr page, Dogshaming, owners are posting photos of their misbehaving canine companions standing next to signs that explain their naughty behaviour.

Since it was launched less than a week ago, the blog has been flooded with entries from owners and their unsuspecting pets. The website states that "submitted posts must contain a dog and a sign explaining the dog's crimes".

The first entry was of an underwear-eating sausage dog, which has since been followed by a rubbish-munching collie and a pug that digs up the garden. Another friendly face has a tendency to steal butter behind his owner's back, while several dogs are a little too keen on feline faeces.

Speaking of felines, cat owners have jumped on the pet-shaming bandwagon too, with pictures of cats on the site including one called Panda Boo, accompanied by the sign "I ate all the string cheese".

The owner of the blog, who remains anonymous, responded to complaints about shaming dogs online with the following post:

"I welcome constructive criticism, but please don’t bother sending me a 'You're a terrible person for shaming your dogs! These are learned behaviours from irresponsible dog owners'. I know, I get it, we're all terrible people. Shaming people for shaming dogs is a tad ironic, no? don't waste your breath."

In another sign that August could soon be declared International Pet Month, the Good Dog! Film Festival was held in Balmain, Sydney, over the weekend, featuring an impressive array of documentaries, shorts and feature films.

Not do be outdone, the Open Field Internet Cat Video Festival will be held on August 30 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It will feature some of the most popular LOLcats from the internet, including Keyboard Cat and the incredibly cute yet irritating Nyan Cat.

42 comments

  • Honestly, it's seems like some people have nothing else better to do in this world. Makes the mind boggle.

    Commenter
    Simon
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    August 22, 2012, 12:49PM
    • It's a bit of fun, doesn't hurt the dogs and is having a laugh about the naughty things sometimes done by the animals we love. Assuming you haven't made the comment simply to provoke a response, I'd suggest you develop a sense of humour.

      Commenter
      SteveR
      Location
      McKinnon
      Date and time
      August 22, 2012, 1:28PM
    • Handwriting a sign and uploading a photo probably took them less time than reading the article and posting a pointless comment took you.

      Commenter
      alexbeare
      Date and time
      August 22, 2012, 1:29PM
    • Better than whipping the dog or kicking the cat. Much more responsible.

      Commenter
      MerriD
      Date and time
      August 22, 2012, 1:37PM
    • Some would say that you're wasting your time leaving comments on stories like this.

      Commenter
      wardward
      Location
      Earth
      Date and time
      August 22, 2012, 2:07PM
    • Wow Scrooge - lighten up! Just a bit of fun and nice to have a giggle over lunch.

      Commenter
      LuLu
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      August 22, 2012, 2:31PM
    • I suppose you use your spare time to end world hunger Simon?

      Commenter
      matt
      Location
      syd
      Date and time
      August 22, 2012, 4:40PM
    • Whoever thinks this is 'fun' leads an extremely boring existence.

      Commenter
      Dylan
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      August 22, 2012, 6:46PM
  • This article just confirmed how dumb cat owners are - posting a "bad" cat on a dog shaming site?

    Commenter
    Dogfan
    Date and time
    August 22, 2012, 12:50PM
    • Have you had a humour bypass?

      Commenter
      pb
      Location
      sydney
      Date and time
      August 22, 2012, 1:05PM

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