Aly Raisman is a gymnast, beloved by Americans who watched her win three gold medals in two Olympics.
Then she kissed her dog — on the mouth — and everyone lost their minds.
When your dog only kisses you because they want the sub that is next to you…. pic.twitter.com/JA7HrKPihF
— Alexandra Raisman (@Aly_Raisman) August 1, 2017
When she posted the picture of herself kissing her cute little pooch, people went bananas. “Just so you know, dog’s mouths are filthy,” one commentor wrote on Facebook. “You can get a whole host of diseases from them, especially when letting them lick you on the mouth like that.”
Smooches from the pooches. You know he licks his own butt.
— Nick Paul (@nickpaul2005) August 2, 2017
This does not look healthy …. so many studies say so..
— Jeannette Crooks (@JeannetteCrooks) August 2, 2017
Others defended Raisman.
My dog is cleaner than some girls most the haters have kissed. I kiss mine by no tongue 🙂 Stay amazing young lady.
— Crash82 (@CrashEightyTwo) August 3, 2017
Any girl that kisses a dog is OK by me.
— Ed Wojtkowski (@edwardwojtkowsk) August 2, 2017
The picture lead to some actual news coverage. CBS did this story: ” ‘Adorable’ Or ‘Filthy’? Aly Raisman Says People Are Judging Her For Kissing Her Dog.” And they also did this little piece: “Why You Should Avoid Those Puppy Kisses.”
You may have heard someone say: a dog’s mouth is cleaner than a human’s, but that may not be true.
In fact, research shows what’s inside your pooch’s mouth could make you very sick.
Researchers have found E. coli, MRSA, and the organisms that can cause ringworm and even Sepsis on the snouts of man’s best friend.
Ever the competitor, Riasman fired back.
Are some of you really judging me for kissing my dog? Really???? I love my dogs SO much and love kissing them. No shame.
— Alexandra Raisman (@Aly_Raisman) August 2, 2017
The topic is apparently one of those age-old questions worthy of lots of coverage. In 2016, The New York Times wrote this piece: “Should You Let Your Dog Lick Your Face?” In one section titled “Why Not to Make Out With Your Pet,” Dr. Neilanjan Nandi, an assistant professor of medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia said this: “There are some organisms unique to dogs that we were simply not meant to tolerate or combat.”
Yeah, we’re gonna’ go with the doc here. Don’t smooch your pet — even if you’re gold medal winning gymnast.