Do you speak to your pets? Most people admit to having regular conversations with their furry friends. If we aren’t talking to them, there’s a good chance that we are talking about them.
Are you guilty of saying any of these things?
“I was talking to the dog.”
This conversation happens several times each day between spouses. Question: “What did you say?” Response: “Nothing, I was talking to the dog.”
“Is this a dog-friendly event?”
It is our version of “Are the kids invited?” If the answer is “no” pet parents usually choose to stay home with those who really ‘get them’ a.k.a. the dogs.
“Is that dried slobber?”
The answer to that question is usually “yes” but the mystery is how it got on the ceiling.
“What are you rolling in?
This is an age-old question and the answer is usually the stinkiest stink around. You will find yourself asking this after you have just given your pup a bath.
“Are you wiping your mouth on me?”
We know that dogs see things a little differently than humans but do we all look like giant napkins to them?
“Can your dog come to my dog’s birthday party?”
There is no shame in throwing your best friend a party to celebrate their birthday. A bouncy castle might be a bit too much but a wading pool is fine. Of course, it’s just not a party without a special doggy cake and party hats.
“Hold the phone down so my dog can hear me.”
Admit it, you have talked to your dog on the telephone. Have you ever called and left a voicemail so they could hear your voice during the day?
“My phone has 3,000 photos of my dog.”
You scroll through your phone and realize that you have more photos of your pet than you have of your children.
“This will be perfect for the dogs”
Pet parents are buying cars and homes based on their dog’s comfort. The fact is more millennium couples are choosing to have pets instead of children. The auto industry is already designing models with our pets in mind.
“I’m cooking this for the dog.”
It is not unusual for us to have a microwaved dinner while the dogs enjoy a homemade meal. There is truth in the statement, “My dogs eat better than I do.”
“Mind your manners.”
We all want our dogs to make a good impression when we are out in public. I am not sure that reminding them of your previous lectures on how to act helps but we still give it a try; “We talked about this already!”
“I’ll be home in a little bit.”
Leaving your dog at home is never easy. We must find a television program for them, explain where we are going and what time they can expect us home. It never hurts to remind them to be good, give them a kiss and a treat before you leave. The upside of leaving is that you always return to a hero’s welcome.
Okay, now it’s your turn! What do you say to your dog when nobody is around to hear you?
M. K. Clinton
M. K. Clinton is an award-winning author of The Returns book series and lifestyle dog blogger at Barking from the Bayou, LLC. She lives in Louisiana with her husband of thirty-five years and their two dogs, Bentley Basset Hound and Pierre Westie. A quote from her second book The Returns 2 ~ Showstoppers, “The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the ability to love as unconditionally as a dog.” has become a favorite with dog lovers around the world.