A man from Texas named Chris Mendiola had the best intentions in the world. When he rescued his dog, Bear, he noticed that he had a tattoo on his stomach. Mendiola was heartbroken to think someone would abuse a dog like that.
Mendiola was certain that the dog’s previous owners’ had taken it upon themselves to get entertainment by putting a tattoo on the pup’s stomach. Of course, had that been the truth, it would be completely maddening.
However, once Mendiola took to the internet to post a picture of Bear’s tattoo next to a picture of his new matching one — people were quick to tell Mendiola what Bear’s tattoo really meant. Thankfully — it was much less sinister.
The commenters on Mendiola’s side-by-side tattoo pictures were hilariously taken aback by the design. It was not an abusive owner that Bear had previously lived with — it was a mark done by shelters and vet clinics.
Yes, it is still a tattoo, which many animal lovers would still be upset about. But, the truth is, the small marking is to let people know that he was neutered. He was once a stray, and it is standard practice that once they’re rescued, they get spayed or neutered.