The Reason This Boy Was Standing On His Dog Has Upset Many…But Wait Till You Find Out Why…

 “Happy New Year! May 2015 see every stumbling block turned into a stepping stone on the path forward. Trig just reminded me. He, determined to help wash dishes with an oblivious mama not acknowledging his signs for “up!”, found me and a lazy dog blocking his way. He made his stepping stone. – Sarah Palin”


The photos depicted Palin’s 6 year old son Trig with Down’s Syndrome, standing on the family dog Jill’s back. Although the post received thousands of likes and shares on Facebook, some people found the pictures very disturbing.

“You want to run your state and the country, but you don’t have the sense to tell your children to stop stepping on your dog’s spine?” Kenneth Meador wrote.

Loreine Fitzgerald-Webber wrote, “No child should be allowed to stand on a dog, but to post it as though it was cute is infuriating. I’m posting as a dog lover and mother who also had cared for children with Down’s syndrome. She is sending him the wrong message.”

There were others who stood up for Palin, stating, if the dog was uncomfortable then it would’ve moved away. But some were not convinced of that argument… they are saying, just because the dog is good enough not to react doesn’t mean it doesn’t still hurt him. Dogs are family members and should be treated as such.

Palin finally responded to all the criticism this Saturday afternoon,

“Dear PETA,

Chill. At least Trig didn’t eat the dog.

Hey, by the way, remember your “Woman of the Year”, Ellen DeGeneres? Did you get all wee-wee’d up when she posted this sweet picture?

Hypocritical, much?”


In response to Palin’s blast, PETA president Ingrid Newkirk released a statement.

 “PETA simply believes that people shouldn’t step on dogs, and judging by the reaction that we’ve seen … we’re far from alone in that belief. We have no reason to believe that the Palin companion animals aren’t ordinarily pampered, and we wish the entire family a peaceful and humane 2015.”

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News Source: People.Com

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267 Responses to “The Reason This Boy Was Standing On His Dog Has Upset Many…But Wait Till You Find Out Why…”

  1. Ok, not a huge fan of Palin, but admire her son’s ingenuity in solving his problem of reaching the counter. I have a 125 lb English lab that my grandkids love to lay with and on, and I know that the dog would move if in pain. My biggest problem with this whole issue is that animal lovers and Palin herself are caught up in the argument of the treatment of the dog but not in the safety issue with the child. Our grandkids are reminded that the dog WILL move if he feels pain, so make sure to leave him an avenue of escape that doesn’t topple them. If this dog felt pain, he would certainly move, causing the child to face plant on the counter and fall to the floor. Would you allow your child to stand on a ball or any other precarious object so close to a counter? To be honest, I would have appreciated the child’s determination, taken the pic, then removed the child from the moveable object (the dog) for his own safety.