‘People think I’m a psychopath because I hate dogs’

A woman who has become fed up of the UK obsession with pet pooches is journalist, Helen Carroll, who believes the nation has gone “canine crazy”.

She believes that owners always feel they have to “drag” the pets along to every event including “birthday parties” and “book clubs” and are too afraid of leaving them home alone for just a few hours.

She even questions why people have to appear interested in other people’s dogs and why people “talk endlessly” on social media about the canines.

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Writing for the Mail Online, Ms Carroll recalls an unfortunate incident where she was once knocked over by a dog.

She said: “I have some insight into how they must feel, having been knocked to the ground from behind, by an over-excited mid-sized poodle while running in a park earlier this year.”

She aired her frustrations describing the owner even admitted their dog should have been kept on a leash.

For Ms Carroll, she reminisces about the days when dogs were ordered to stay in baskets and were not fully engrained in family life.

She adds: “If your face gives away the fact that you’d rather not be licked by a tongue recently used to clean a bottom, they [owners] look at you like you’re a psychopath.”

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Her controversial opinion also questions why canines have found themselves in a “VIP position”.

According to statistics website, Statista, the population of dogs kept as pets in the UK was estimated at 13 million in 2020/2021.

A decade earlier in 2010/2011, the number of dogs kept as pets in the UK was a few million less and around 7.6 million, proving the uptake of dogs as pets has increased.

The Pet Food Industry Association say ten million or 34 per cent of UK households share their space with a pooch.

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