I think we can all agree that internet trolls definitely suck. We’re pretty lucky because they’re definitely infrequent around these parts (knock on wood!) but unfortunately, today one of the PupLove Pets experienced some pretty intense vitriol and hate via Facebook comments. And suddenly, I wished that it had happened here, so I would have the power of wiping those comments away and blocking the trolls who left them.
You see, I’m all for free speech. I don’t have to agree with everything you say, and I’m always open to a good debate (if it’s kept clean), but today, some things were said about Mako – and Jamie… and Vanessa – that more than crossed a line. In fact, they were legitimately frightening:
If you can believe it, they actually got worse from there.
So what brought this all on? A photo contest. That’s it. Know how I’ve been posting about that Canada Pooch calendar contest? Well, Jamie entered a photo of Mako, and apparently that opened Mako (and Jamie) up to some seriously hateful comments. There are four individuals – all friends, go figure – who attacked Mako for not being a perfect Doberman specimen. And when attacking Mako got “old” for them, they moved on to the personal attacks against Vanessa, Jamie, Jamie’s mother, and basically anyone who told them where to go.
Jamie was somehow miraculously able to respond to these attacks against her dog with a calm temper and grace, and Jamie – seriously, I applaud you, because my blood was boiling – but I know that she must be feeling pretty hurt right about now. I’m upset and Mako isn’t even my dog.
So I stole some pictures of Mako from Jamie’s Facebook page so that we can all look at his sweet face and give him some virtual love. Let Jamie and Mako know that we love him and his imperfections. So, without any further ado, may I present these photos of Mako… and please feel free to leave Jamie & Mako some comment love below.