First--how ANNOYING is it when people tell you that your Golden doesnt look like a golden because of how short he is or because he is too "fluffy" I am sick of it!! At this point i just google the breed standard and show people that he is perfectly normal. Tired of hearing people say he is too small and underweight at 68 lbs.
Honestly, I've said this before here... I know nothing at all about so many small breeds. They are all the same to me. There is a dog in my neighbourhood who is gorgeous - I *think* he is a pit bull? He may be something else entirely. I see tons of Australian shepherds and border collies, but I know nothing about the breed standard. See where I'm going here? When people ask me why Shala is so dark, or so small, I just tell them. It's just a friendly conversation.
Second--I am sick of everyone just making fun of the money I spend on his health, food, and care. I have taken Leo multiple times to the vet his first year for various issues like ear infections, loose stools, hot spots, excessive weight gain and people think its over dramatic but they are serious things that need to be taken care of! My in laws had a golden and never took him to the vet for his ears because they said ears were just dirty all the time. It is perfectly normal to spend money on vet bills especially the first year!
This - I have nothing. I don't talk about what I spend on my dog. It's no one's business (or interest, likely).
Third--I want to get Leo into showing and field training and people feel bad for him because they say that he will stop being a dog and wont have any fun. WHAT! I am trying to bond with my dog and give him a purpose. These dogs are meant to be working dogs and help and it brings them joy! What better way to give this to him??
Again, here, you just have to stop caring so much what other people think. I live in a busy downtown, work with mostly people who live in a big city. If they ask, I tell them I field train and track and dock dive with my dog. If they are interested in hearing more, they ask more. Most people have never ever heard of any of it but they all say it sounds really cool. I'm sure some of them think I'm a total weird dog person, but who cares? I know how much I enjoy my weekend life and dog friends and dog sports. I don't owe anyone an explanation - and neither do you!