Dog Owner Gets Same Tattoo As His Dog, But Did He Know What It Means?

A dog owner from Texas has been the butt of a lot of jokes after he got the same tattoo as his rescued dog, Bear. When the dog-lover took in Bear, he was shocked to discover that the canine had a tattooed symbol on its underbelly, mistakenly interpreting the symbol as some sort of cruel joke from the dog’s previous owner.

To show his solidarity with Bear, the dog-owner, 26-year-old Chris Mendiola, decided to get a replica of the tattoo just below his inner bicep.

The tattoo itself is a black symbol, a circle with a line through its center and an arrow on the outside. After leaving the tattoo parlor, Mr. Mendiola was overjoyed to be sharing something special with his dog.

In fact, Mr. Mendiola was so enthused that he decided to share the moment on social media, posting several photos of his tattoo and gushing about his growing bond with Bear.

“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,” wrote Mr. Mendiola.

However, after uploading the photos, Facebook friends and social media users had some bad news for the loveable dog-owner. Mr. Mendiola’s friends flocked to the post’s comments sections, informing him that the ‘mysterious’ symbol was actually a veterinary sign that the canine had been neutered.

Most of the comments were made in good taste, with many social media users gently teasing Mr. Mendiola for his compassion and daftness. “That means he's neutered! My rescue female has one too!! Makes a cool story though!” said one friend helpfully.

“Are you neutered too?” added a more sarcastic commenter. “Guess you're neutered,” replied a third friend. At one point, one of Mr. Mendiola’s classmates decided to share the heart-warming and humorous post on the discussion forum, Reddit. Afterward, the post quickly became a hit across numerous subreddits and began going viral.

After the post made the rounds on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, Mr. Mendiola finally agreed to an interview with Buzzfeed. However, the young dog owner wasn’t upset by all the jokes at his expense.

In fact, Bear’s owner actually told Buzzfeed that he had always known about the tattoo’s meaning, saying: “We talked to our vet about the tattoo. I knew what it meant.”

Mr. Mendiola later clarified that his own tattoo of a neuter symbol was meant to show his condemnation for the tattooing of animals. Mr. Mendiola also told interviewers about Bear’s history, revealing that the pup had been rejected from several homes before settling in with a family that loved him.

Luckily, Mr. Mendiola isn’t offended by the tidal wave of sarcastic comments that have been thrown his way. Here’s some of what he was subjected to:

“Thank you, Reddit, for the best bad tattoo story of all time,” said Holly Brockwell.

“People are for real dumb,” said an anonymous Reddit user.

“Was he ever going to realize?! So you want this thing that looks like a male symbol with a big line through it?”

Source: Daily Mail
Photos: Facebook

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