20 Signs You’re An Aspirational Dog Owner

This is more than puppy love.

1. In an ideal world, this would be your back garden.

2. But due to various reasons (renting, work, money), you can’t own a dog.

3. So instead, you live through the dogs of others.

4. You’re upfront about your obsession.

Barbara Titus


@JoannePistonFan Okay, I’m obsessed with your dog. When I saw your bio said Corgi owner, I obviously had to creep through your photos, haha.

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5. This is you.

Amanda Wilson


No sir, I was not smiling at you.. I was smiling at your cute dog in the back seat.

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6. And this.

Nah man I'm not smiling at you, I'm smiling at your dog. You can keep trotting along...but leave the dog.

— Lux LaCroix (@fierceandfabu)

Lux LaCroix


Nah man I’m not smiling at you, I’m smiling at your dog. You can keep trotting along…but leave the dog.

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7. Yep.

Seriously need to get my glasses fixed. Was just smiling at a woman's purse for ages, thinking it was a dog.

— Portia Pan (@HelloyPorshasha)

Portia Pan


Seriously need to get my glasses fixed. Was just smiling at a woman’s purse for ages, thinking it was a dog.

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8. You have a short list of names you will eventually call your dog.

Like Avon Barksdale!

9. And you know the personality traits of every major breed.


10. Dogs of Instagram is your lifeblood.

11. And of course, @YourLocalDog.

Bake sale for Local Dog's hip replacement surgery http://t.co/5hmK3imYys #woof

— Local Dog (@YourLocalDog)

Local Dog


Bake sale for Local Dog’s hip replacement surgery http://t.co/5hmK3imYys #woof

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12. You time your trips to the park for maximum dog viewing.

13. And you creepshot dogs you like.

Creepshot of this awesome dog.

— Steve Kovach (@stevekovach)

Steve Kovach


Creepshot of this awesome dog.

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14. And sometimes, you pretend you have a dog when talking to other dog owners.

“My dog..well, my parents’ dog…”

15. You have your favourite dog adverts.

16. You bookmark articles for when you can finally own a mutt.

17. You have exhaustively researched a breed that might suit your circumstances.

18. You can wait though, because you always want to be a responsible dog owner.

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19. And the Battersea Dogs Home app keeps you going.


20. And until you can have your own, there’s always the internet.

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Ailbhe Malone is the UK lifestyle editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
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