Most people love their dogs so much that they'd do just about anything for them. But would you go so far as to get a tattoo that matches the one on your pup?
A 26-year-old Texas man did just that. But after he found out what the tattoo actually meant, he might have started to regret his decision.
So, what did the tattoo actually mean?
Dogs have a way of filling our hearts, homes, and lives with love.
They complete your family and act as that one non-judgemental friend who doesn’t care if you haven’t showered in a few days or how good your SAT scores were.
They mostly just care if you have treats.
Rescue dogs are especially cherished since many of them have had less-than-easy lives before being adopted.
With the estimated 10,000 puppy mills across the United States, there’s no telling what kind of horrors most rescued pups have seen in their lifetimes.
So when Chris Mendiola adopted his rescue dog, Bear, in 2010, he was enraged when he noticed something etched onto his pup's lower belly area.
It was a small circular tattoo.
“I just thought, wow, that kind of sucks,” he told Buzzfeed News.
Mendiola said that Bear “bounced from home to home” before he ended up with his family, and he had no idea who had given him the tattoo.
So, in a heartwarming gesture of solidarity, Mendiola decided to get inked with the exact same symbol.
On Saturday, September 23, he posted a photo of the finished tattoo.
Now Mendiola and his BFF would truly be bonded for life.
“For those of you who know bear know that he has a tattoo given to him from some previous owners. It sickens me to know that people actually tattoo their pets. So tonight I got his tattoo,” he wrote in the post.
It was an incredibly sweet move.
Or, at least, the idea of it was sweet.
It wasn’t until the post went viral and comments started pouring in revealing the true meaning of the tattoo that it started seeming not-so-sweet.
We’re pretty sure that Mendiola wishes he would have just bought matching friendship bracelets instead.
So, what was it?