Joy-Anna Duggar is yet again in trouble with the internet community. After posting a picture of her son Gideon attempting to hug a dog, fans are giving her the business. They are claiming that the dog looks "uncomfortable" in the photo. And allowing her son to get close to the dog will just lead to something bad happening. Everyone is entitled to an opinion of course, and these are very strong stances.
In the picture, Gideon, who is one and a half, is squatting close to Pudge, a pug. "‘Hey there, Pudge... I love you, Pudge!'" Joy captioned the photo, adding "I guess Pudge isn’t a fan of hugs." A second photo shows Gideon leaning in, and a blurry Pudge. He's likely getting up and walking away from the young boy. Many commenters voiced concerns that Pudge was "uncomfortable," which could lead to him biting Gideon.
"I know. He's a great dog. But no matter what, you push ANY dog too far, things will happen very quickly," one comment reads.
Joy didn't indicate who Pudge's owner is, or his comfort level with children. Regardless, there is always a chance that something could go wrong.
"It’s not funny to make your dog this uncomfortable," another person says.
"I love dogs and little people but would hate to see this precious face scarred from a dog who has given fair warning...nobody can be 100% sure that a dog would not bite if they felt threatened," someone else says.
This post highlights that it's important to talk to young kids about how they handle animals. Teaching them to read the signs of an animal's willingness to be touched or play. With kids as young as Gideon it can be hard, but adults have to make sure that the kids are being responsible regardless of their age.
Unsurprisingly, Joy hasn't responded to any of the comments criticizing her choices. It's pretty rare that she responds to comments. Besides, there are plenty of people defending her in the comment section. Her supporters are claiming that there are too many unknown factors to truly draw any solid conclusions.
Thankfully, both Gideon and Pudge seem fine.