It’s OK for Big Guys to Have Small Dogs
I love this. Check out manly man A.J. Hawk, fearsome linebacker for the Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers (sorry, honey) talking big about how big dudes shoudn't be ashamed of having little dogs. Appearing on ESPN's First Take, A.J. was interviewed with his Chihuahua Todd to discuss his pride in owning and loving small dogs, despite the fact that he's one of the most fierce football players in the game today (and part of the reason why my husband's Atlanta Falcons had an early playoff exit).
This is more than just a cute story with a great image attached to it - I think this goes to the heart of the debate over BSL, 'dangerous dogs' and irreputable breeders. So many sections of our society feel compelled to bow to certain stereotypes and let those factors dictate the type of dog they choose to own. Whether it's supposed tough guys with bully breeds, soccer moms with designer cross-breeds or the rich and famous with 'handbag' dogs, I agree wholeheartedly with A.J. that we need to move into the 21st century and let those stereotypes die once and for all.
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