Doug Giles

If you have decided that you’re going to be a bulldog and actually do something with your life—BEWARE!  You’ll be attacked by rabid human poodles that are envious of your newfound determination.

Poodles don’t like it when their buddies leave them in order to become accomplished bulldogs.  Whiny, two-legged poodles hate it when you cease to be the coddled, frilly lap pooch and actually want to get out in the wild, test your skills, catch a bull or do something besides cry, whine, yap and have your hair teased at the salon.  Your soon-to-be ex-poodle buddies will freak when they realize you’ve left them in their pink, air-conditioned dog houses to launch out on your own and conquer your dream, get in the game and test your skills.

Therefore, Mr. and Ms. Bully, you should expect the shriveled-testes, over-coifed, painted toenail Tinkerbells to whiz on your dream.  They do this because you shame them.  By your going for it and actually living out your passion, you remind them of what mediocre, rut-addled poodles they have become.  And you can bet they’ll try to force their fears and opinions on you regarding why you should be like them . . .  why you should stay with them in their comfy, boring and safe, Lysol disinfected doghouses. 

Thus, my Bulldog compadres, don’t listen to the opinions and criticisms of the Poodles.  Why should you subject your goals to some pale-skinned, bad-perm housedog?  I’m talking about some unqualified blowhard who has convinced himself that his uninformed Poodle opinion is somehow relevant to Bulldog issues concerning your life and desires.

Do not listen to them, or you will become like them. 

Have this Bulldog attitude: “If you can’t even run your own life, Ms. Poodle, I’ll be damned if you’ll run mine.” 

Let the Poodle’s derision and lack of encouragement motivate you.  Your success will be your greatest revenge.  Be radical for your vision and dream to such an extent that you leave the Poodles behind, choking in your dust. 

Hey, Poodle—eat my dust!

Look, at the end of the day, your life is between you and God.  Not you and an anemic Poodle.  So live by the convictions you have in your heart.

Why should you—a great Bulldog—be bothered by the slings and arrows of Poodles whom you should not give one-tenth of a flip about?  Why should you give some Poodle the power over whether or not you feel good about yourself and your unique purpose in life? 

Here are five quotes that describe why you must beware of critics with Poodle attitudes:

Doug Giles

Doug Giles is the Big Dawg at and the Co-Owner of The Safari Cigar Company. Follow him onFacebook and Twitter. And check out his new book, Rise, Kill and Eat: A Theology of Hunting from Genesis to Revelation.