In what has to be one of the funniest tattoo stories ever, a Redditor posted about a guy from his high school who got the same tattoo as his dog. (The guy's dog, not the Redditor's dog. That would just be weird.)
When Dude-From-High-School got the tattoo, he posted a picture on Facebook, with the caption reading,
For those of you who know bear know that he has a tattoo given to him from some previous owners. It sickens me to know that people actually tattoo their pets. So tonight I got his tattoo.
Pretty sweet, right? Such solidarity!
But the trouble is, that tattoo has a meaning, as dude learned in the comments to his post.
Oh, man. The dog's tattoo was simply to identify that the dog was a neutered male. And Bear's former owner wasn't the one who had him tattooed. It's a standard practice of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians, who require that vets tattoo a shelter animal after they spay or neuter it. That way if a pet is abandoned or gets lost, no vet will accidentally try to neuter the animal again.
Obviously the dude was mocked mercilessly in the comments on Reddit. But Gizmodo tracked down and spoke to the guy, whose name is actually Chris Mendiola (not Dude-From-High-School), and he told them he was prepared for all the jokes: “I knew I was going to get a lot of backlash from it. I did. I got some from my coworkers. I got some from people I thought were my close friends. It’s not for them. It wasn’t for them. It wasn’t to humor or please them. It’s for my dog.”
It does seem from the caption to his Facebook post that Mendiola didn't understand what the tattoo meant and where it came from. Speaking to Gizmodo, he said,
I definitely did my research. I actually talked to my family vet about it when I first got him. I don’t think that people should crop ears. I don’t think that people should cut tails off their pets. If they’re going to be a member of your family, you should treat them as such. I don’t see tattooing your dog as something that you should do... My vet would never just say, "Hey, willy-nilly, I’m going to tattoo your dog." It’s not going to happen.
Anyway, Mendiola told Gizmodo that he's planning on keeping the tattoo for the rest of his life. But he added that he's also thinking of getting it covered with a tattoo of Bear's paw print, so the two tattoos become one and age together. Aww, that's nice. And also a really good excuse for just getting the dang "neutered" tattoo on his arm totally covered up with something else, because come on. Neutered? Lol. It was a sweet thought but maybe a bad choice.