Meet Chris Mendiola, a 26-year-old hailing from the great state of Texas. Chris is the kind of guy who adopts a dog that had tried (and failed) to be homed over and over again. This is Bear, an adorable pooch who Chris absolutely loves. Together they make a great team, and recently the cemented their bond by getting matching tattoos! Although Bear’s might not have been as consensual as Chris’s, here’s the full story.
Chris adopts Bear.
When Chris brought Bear home, he became an instant and deeply loved addition to the family. He jumped up into their lives, and they never looked back. It wasn’t long before Chris noticed something unusual on Bear’s stomach, on closer inspection it appeared to be a tattoo…
Chris was appalled to see such a thing had happened to Bear. He is not one for body modification being done to animals, be it tail docking, ear cropping or tattooing.
He let his feelings be known on Facebook; such was his outrage:
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.
Chris gets a tattoo to match
Chris didn’t just stop at the online anger; he went a step further, he decided to get a tattoo himself, of the same mysterious symbol, to show his solidarity with Bear.
However, the internet was quick to point out that the tattoo might not have just been an act of wanton cruelty, It may in fact just be a sign that Bear has been neutered, and as the old saying goes, you probably should spay and neuter your pets.
The internet finds out.
It wasn’t too long before the Internet got a hold of this story, and began to mercilessly mock poor old Chris. It went viral on Reddit after one of Chris’s buddies from high school posted it up. Eventually, Twitter weighed in, and before long Chris was a laughing stock.
I hope the artist knew and laughed their ass off after. https://t.co/JHi3NgMlX1
— Texan Gooner (@arsearsebaby) September 26, 2017
The final twist? Chris doesn’t give a damn!
Chris isn’t the type of guy to let a bit of light trolling get him down. However, he was aware of what he was getting himself into the entire time:
We talked to our vet about the tattoo. I knew what it meant
He said, adding that he:
Knew what I was getting myself into. They can believe and say what they want. But the tattoo is not for them, it’s for me.
Damn right, Chris.
“I get to carry my dog with me everywhere I go. I can just look down and know I have a part of him with me at all times. A lot of people are saying ‘I’d do anything for my pet,’ but would you? Would you get a neutered sign tattooed on your bicep?”