What's With All The Manly Men Walking Lap Dogs?



Is it just me, or do you see a lot more men walking little dogs these days?

I did a quick tweet on this recently, and was surprised by the reaction.Very defensive, if you ask me.

One guy told me that when he walks his two little dogs he is often approached by young attractive women wanting to pet them. I pointed out to him that if he were not walking two little dogs the women might be more interested in petting him.

Another man said he proudly walks his Jack Russell terriers, they being very intelligent dogs. I told him I would never want to own a dog that is smarter than me. I've been there and it is nothing but a constant battle over the crossword puzzle.

There was a time when if you came upon the tragic sight of a manly man walking a miniature mutt you had the same two thoughts:

Must be his wife or girlfriend's dog.

And there by for the grace of God …

Now I'm not so sure about that.

Is it possible men are becoming so secure in their masculinity that they can not only be seen with a lap dog, but actually own one?

Or is it possible that men are becoming such lap dogs themselves that lap dogs are being chosen for them absent any input?

While the trend may be for men to be affiliated with smaller dogs, the opposite is true for women, who increasingly appear to be on the other end of leashes restraining large dogs.

Why?

As is the case with many of my opinions, I have no actual evidence to support this conclusion. That noted, I think I know why this is so.

Whereas men with small dogs attract members of the opposite sex, women with large dogs discourage members of the opposite sex. So a woman is less likely to be bothered if she is accompanied on her daily walk by a canine crossbreed whose lineage includes members of the T-rex family.

Outside of the occasional dog whisperer, it is very difficult for men to penetrate this barrier … unless, hold on here, major revelation … unless he happens to be walking a couple of small dogs.

You know, sometimes you miss the forest because you're barking up the wrong trees.

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