A few weeks ago we had the pleasure of visiting friends in Payson, AZ. They have a wonderful log cabin with lots of character and history, and they have an amazing dog with very refined manners. I couldn’t help noticing a contrast with my own beloved (and talking) pet, Puppy. I decided to take advantage of the occasion and take a few photos which I could show to Puppy as a teaching tool.
When I got home, I showed Puppy the photos:
“Puppy, this is you when I try to take your picture. You always look away. Here is how you could look.”
“I can’t look like that. My hair isn’t white,” he responded.
“Here is a picture of a dog cleaning up crumbs, but not begging at the table,” I continued. “And here is a picture of you under the table.”
“I was cleaning too,” he said.
“That’s debatable,” I said to myself.
“Here is a picture of a dog giving a polite greeting.” I tried again to show Puppy an example of etiquette.
Here is you when I came home yesterday:
“My back was itching,” Puppy countered.
Here is an example of a dog who sleeps on his own bed, and here is you:
“Well, this is the first I’ve heard of it,” Puppy said.
I had to stop in my tracks. What he said was true. I am a completely permissive parent and haven’t tried to change Puppy’s behavior. Why start now?
Instead I will make this blog post into a blatant advertisement for my new book, “My Talking Dachshund”, only 99 cents on kindle! Puppy is fine the way he is, but my friend’s dog . . . outstanding example of good dog parents!