I feel this way as well, I actually didn't tell most of my family because whenever I brought it up it induced negative response. So annoying. I've done a fine job with Cosmo thanks very much! My old best friends mom used to be particularly "you have no idea how expensive owning a dog is you can't do that!" About me wanting one. Haha who's laughing now!Hey
Well Im older - 29 currently. But I can sort of relate. I was 26 when I got my dog and also felt very alone in a way as most of my friends at that time were all living the crazy single life without any real responsibilities.
I also got a lot of negativity for my decision from my family who were convinced that I can`t have a normal progressive life with a big dog. "You`re too young, you have to travel a lot, etc etc". They were right in a way - I have to plan a head and Ii can`t just jump on a plane and move to another country/travel as easily. But all is possible and I honestly feel that Ella has done nothing but made my life better.
I got this so bad on a uk based forum! There were so many mean people who used my age against me so many times, telling me I didn't know what I was talking about because I was still young and I'd be wiser when I was older. Some members even posted things like "bull****" on my threads, one particularly when I mentioned getting my dog xrayed and they didn't believe me? They said it was hilarious and ridiculous and even after I posted xrays I requested from my vet some still stayed and argued I was lying about him not being put under sedation. Some people who realized I wasn't lying left after the nasty comments without so much as an apology.I just turned 20 in July, I got my dog when I was 16, started frequenting forums when I was 17/18. This place is very welcoming of younger dog owners, but a breed specific forum I was a part of years ago was so nasty and disrespectful of my opinions was they knew my age omg.