Pet owners are some of the most passionate people in the world. They love their dogs like their own children. And in truth, they are members of the family. So it makes sense that their owners feel connected to them in a very deeply personal way.
That’s just how one man felt about his dog, Bear. Bear was no ordinary animal. He wasn’t a purebred that the man spent thousands of dollars on. He was a rescue dog, so that made him extra special.
From what he learned, Bear was abused by his previous owner. Perhaps he had been neglected, or worse, forced to engage in dogfighting. Whatever the case was, his new owner was shocked to discover they had tattooed Bear. The dark marking was inside one of his hind legs, an especially sensitive area.
His owner felt such strong sympathy for his new friend, that he wanted to do something. Now, I don’t know if tattoo removal is possible for a dog, but that wasn’t what came to his mind. Bear’s new owner decided, in an act of solidarity and support, to get the same tattoo on his arm.
He posted a photo to social media saying, “For those of you who know Bear know that he has a tattoo given to him from some previous owners. It sickens me to know that people actually tattoo their pets. So tonight I got his tattoo.”
Good for him! How could someone cruelly tattoo a dog!? But the story doesn’t end there.
Apparently, there is a very good reason to tattoo a dog. It wasn’t a decorative thing or some kind of symbol that entertained the previous owners. It was, in fact, a sign to others—especially dog owners—about Bear’s condition.
What condition? Oh, that he was neutered!
The tattoo is of the universal symbol of male, with a strikeout line through it. Meaning his “male parts” have been effectively removed. Now his owner has the very same symbol prominently displayed on his arm.
Hmm, I wonder what the ladies are going to think about that!
We do know that tattoo removal is possible for humans. I’m guessing Bear’s owner is considering that.
It’s great to show your support and love for your pet. But before you do anything permanent, a Google search goes a long way!