|Barked: Fri Oct 5, '12 3:29pm PST |
| LOL, Jackson! There could be a funny white jacket in your future if you use that approach.
The word owner strikes a nerve, eh? Most of us did pay for our dogs, which could make them property. When you do a civil suit over a dog, the judgement usually goes to the monetary value of your dog, not the emotional value.
If we get the dog from rescue or a shelter, we would be called adopters.
In this household, I am afraid I would be titled The Landlord, The Slave, The Chef, The Caregiver, The Chauffeur, The Nanny, The Housekeeper, The Aerobics Instructor, The Manners Police, The Teacher........the list goes on & on. It's just semantics; give yourself whatever title you feel suits your relationship with your dog.
#7 Stop Caring About What Others Think. When I had Dahlia in my life, I would warn them that h3ll would freeze over before she would deign to greet them if she didn't know them well. I probably should not have wasted so much time telling them The Diva wasn't interested in charming the world. She was cantankerous & disliked children, but added much depth into my life.
Rusty is extremely cute & charismatic, loves children, loves other dogs, but is not so sure about adults. I bite my tongue about saying he is shy and possibly abused in his past life. To excuse his reluctance to strangers almost sets him up for failure. If he greets you; Great! If he doesn't; Oh well, maybe next time. I want people to make their judgement about him based on how he acts, whether it's good or bad. I find not warning folks about him takes the pressure off both of us.
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