A Dog Is For Life, Not Just For YouTube Views

5 December 2017, 16:37 | Updated: 5 December 2017, 17:08

a dog is for life, not just for youtube views
a dog is for life, not just for youtube views. Picture: other
Benedict Townsend

By Benedict Townsend

Stop buying dogs just to vlog them, dammit

As the Christmas season approaches and the usual warning appears for wannabe dog owners that a dog is, indeed, for life, and not just for Christmas, I thought it fit to advise another group: YouTubers.

puppy 1
puppy 1. Picture: other

I get it, the ad-pocalypse is hard - and even without it, YouTubing is a difficult job where it's hard to find consistent success. A video series might get a ton of views, but then suddenly drop off as the audience runs off to watch something newer and shinier. You may find yourself in a creative dry spell (and hey, that's perfectly natural) or you may find your channel suddenly lacking a direction. You may begin to yearn for a surefire way to get some sweet, sweet clicks.

But please, don't do it by buying a puppy.

Puppy 2
Puppy 2. Picture: pixabay.com


"I GOT A PUPPY!" Screams your video title. "Here we come!" Scream one million views, in reply. "Come on in!" Yells the Trending Page. It all certainly seems very tempting.

But then you have a living creature in your home. A living creature that needs care, attention, affection, food and medical care - for a decade.

Dogs are wonderful, kind, loyal creatures that don't deserve to be treated as a prop. If you don't think you have the time and capacity to care for the lil pup, please don't bring it home.

And so help me, if you have a dog and treat it as anything less than a small fury god I will personally come to your house and destroy you. Happy Holidays!

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