Love me, love my dog
Pretty much what I had to tell my sister tonight.
I was telling her about the dog we’ve adopted…a stray which is part pitbull.
Very sweet, very smart, very protective dog.
But my sister told me that I would have to ‘lock up the dog’ if she and her family (four kids) were to come over.
I told her I wouldn’t do it. The dogs’ (we have three now) domain is the fenced-in backyard. I’m not locking the dogs up when there’s a front yard, a side yard, and 40 acres of damn woods behind us for her little preciouses to play in.
I’m not anti-kid. But I’m not giving in to paranoia, either. If you don’t like my dogs, don’t come over. I don’t force my dogs on anyone, and neither do I make people go into the backyard to make friends with them either. Actually, I don’t want the dogs to be too friendly. I want them to be protective.
My sister hasn’t forgiven my father for a similar incident many years ago. He, too, wouldn’t lock up his dog when she went for a visit. She felt trapped and angry (I had no problem with the dog, which was a Borzoi.) When she first told me about MY having to lock away MY dog, I even told her I was pulling ‘a Dad’ and refuse to lock up the animal which is minding its own business in its own yard. I don’t let my dogs wander the neighborhood. And there’s not a swing set or any kid stuff in the backyard to entice anyone to want to go there.
Some people just don’t get dog behavior. If you act scared, they’ll try to dominate you. It’s just doggy behavior. You have to understand how they’ll act around ‘their’ property and their food and with each other. Dogs are way, way easier to understand and predict than most people.
With that being said, the dogs won’t be in the house (where they only come when weather is bad), so she’ll just have to deal with it.
I think it means she won’t be coming over for Thanksgiving dinner. No great loss. I’m tired of having to deal with her and her husband’s insecurities which have created a great deal of problems for them lately. They’re big time on looking down on people who want handouts…but want and expect handouts themselves.
Okay, so dogs will look for handouts, too…but they’ll look all happy and wag their tails when you give them something. And if you tell them ‘wait’, they’ll sit and look at you with those big ol’ eyes that just make you melt. And then they’ll be grateful when they do get the ‘hand-out’.
Yep, dogs make the best family.