I’ve grown up with dogs my whole life, but they have all belonged to family
and friends. My dream is to one day have a pup of my own.

If you've ever owned a dog, you've definitely had some awkward moments.

If you’ve ever owned a dog, you’ve definitely had some awkward moments.

Photo by Josh Rakower on Unsplash

Awkwardness Comes With Being a Dog Parent

Anyone who has a dog knows that canine companions bring tremendous joy and
love into our lives. But they can also make things a little awkward for us.
Here are seven photos that capture uncomfortable situations only dog parents
will understand.

1. Every Meal Time Is a Guilt Trip

Use every ounce of your being to keep from looking into those eyes. Once eye
contact is made, it’s over.

You no longer exist.

You no longer exist.

2. When Strangers Pet Your Dog, But Ignore Your Existence

This is the President of France petting President Clinton’s dog, Buddy. Poor
Bill just wanted to work out some bilateral trade agreements, but Buddy stole
the show.

Fast friends.

Fast friends.

3. When You Meet Another Dog and Have to Make Small Talk With the Owner

While the dogs are busy sniffing each others’ butts, you and the owner engage
in a nails-on-chalkboard conversation. What’s even more awkward is trying to
politely end the conversation so you can walk away without looking like a

How could you?

How could you?

4. When You Leave the House, But Don’t Take Them With You

Cue sad music. I’ll be back for you. The grocery store is only 5 minutes away. It’s cold there and the cashiers are full of teenage angst. Don’t look at me like that.

[Puppy dog eyes get even bigger, rounder, and more guilt-inducing]

Fine. I’ll bring you back some sausages.

Caught cheating.

Caught cheating.


5. When You Come Home Smelling Like Another Dog

“Every move you make, everywhere you go, every dog you pet, I’ll be sniffing
you.” I think that’s a song by The Police.

No comparison.

No comparison.

Imgur: Rhyyyss

6. When You Realize You Spoil Your Dog More Than Your Children

You don’t see this in the picture, but the pouty children are standing behind
the camera with woebegone looks on their faces, wishing they were a dog.

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7. When You Try to Imitate Your Dog But Fail

This dog is like, “You’re embarrassing yourself, Karl. Please stop.”


In the End, You Get a Laugh Out of It

Despite the awkward moments, your dog still brings a big ol’ grin to your

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heatherjasper on August 18, 2017:


Mickey Nguyen (author) from San Francisco, Bay Area on August 17, 2017:

That’s a good one, Heather!

heatherjasper on August 17, 2017:

What about the “dog sniffs other person’s butt/crotch” situation?

Mickey Nguyen (author) from San Francisco, Bay Area on March 04, 2017:

Hi Dr Mark! Jealous dogs are so cute and endearing! Also, that is awkward your
friends realized that. But I think dogs are in our lives for such a short time
that they really do deserve the best 🙂

Dr Mark from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on March 04, 2017:

Michelle, I thought of another one when I went out for a walk with my “bling”
Pit this afternoon

“8. When friends realize I spent more for my dog´s Christmas present than I
did for theirs”

Dr Mark from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on March 04, 2017:

I get “that look” when I come home from work and my dog smells all of the
other dogs on me!