Some peeves I have about people and their pets (don't get me wrong, I love pets, both cats and dogs, but there are a few things that really bug me)…
* Pugs in clothes: You've seen them, the little raincoats and sweaters and t-shirts. They look ridiculous on any dog, but pugs in particular look utterly step-on-able.
* People who walk their cats: Face it, you can't have an outdoor cat in the city. Put one of those harness leashes on a cat and you end up dragging the hissing, clawing beast around the block… Walk the cat without a leash and you look like an idiot with hands full of bells, feathers, and cat toys as you're calling your cat's name to get it to come back.
* Retractable leashes: These are the leashes that have the spring-loaded spool to automatically retract or extend, depending on how far away the dog walks, which is actually a pretty good idea. Well, these leashes also have a button which STOPS THEM FROM EXTENDING. Learn to use this button! Walking your dog doesn't need to be like throwing around a 30 ft. long yo-yo of death. Except if you're talking on your cell phone at the same time, then I completely forgive you for tripping everyone on the entire sidewalk.
* Chihuahuas: Enough said.
* Street kids with pets: We know you're not homeless, because you're only on the street when the weather's nice. Having a cute dog by your side isn't going to get you any of my sympathy but I do feel bad for the dog stuck with your sorry panhandling ass, eating nothing but the grease off your Jack-in-the-Box wrappers. Leave it at home.