There’s a lot to be angry about these days: global warming, gun violence, Tristan Thompson cheating (once again) on Khloé Kardashian… Still, people find a way to get worked up over the silliest things, like Andy Cohen’s dog sniffing his newborn son, Benjamin.
In honor of National Love Your Pet Day (a very real holiday celebrated by millions of Instagram users), Cohen posted a photo of his dog, Wacha, cozied up to his son Benjamin‘s face. Although Benjamin was safely nestled in Cohen’s lap, dozens of “concerned” (read: bored) commenters shamed the Bravo star for his parenting choices.
“Dogs lick their gentials [sic] and rectum, why let dogs lick babies/kids faces,” one person wrote. “Not cute, nasty. Cute baby.”
Oh yeah, the “cute baby” really makes the dad-shaming all worth it.
“Animals are unpredictable. A noise could startle Wacha,” another commenter wrote. “Why take the change is a cute photo op worth a few days old infant getting bit?? Never understood why parents risk Wacha has a pattern and history of biting.”
If you could discern it through the multiple spelling and syntax errors, it seems this commenter is referring to the instances in which Wacha bit Anderson Cooper and almost bit Savannah Guthrie after she put her hand near his face while he was snacking.
Cohen faced criticism before for letting Wacha around Benjamin after he shared on Instagram Stories that the dog chewed up one of his son’s toys. His response to the criticism, however, almost made the whole ordeal worth it.
“Okay, flooded with DMs from people saying I’ve got a big problem on my hands, Wacha’s jealous of my son,” he said, according to E! News. ” Wacha didn’t know the Torah toy — we’re talking about a Torah toy — belonged to the baby. He just had his eye on this purple f–cking toy, and he wanted to rip it apart. It’s not that deep. Stand down. Everything’s fine in the West Village.”
Here’s the thing: Dogs can be violent. You have no obligation to put your children in front of a dog if you don’t want to. But other people are allowed to let their kids interact with their family pets as they see safe and fit. Now, let’s all take Cohen’s advice and “stand down.” Maybe go for a walk and clear our heads. Then we can get back to worrying about things that immediately impact us, like what’s for dinner.