At some point during my extended weekend, I saw a thing on Facebook. It was something like “15 Things You Do that your Dog Hates.” I would provide a link except that the only thing worse than Facebook itself, is the search feature on Facebook. Unless, of course, you were hoping for “15 things you can do with an old wagon wheel” because…
Anyway, two of the 15 things you’re not supposed to do to your dog, are things our dog routinely does to me, my wife and our daughter. “Don’t hug your dog!” and “Don’t cuddle with your dog!”
I, and a clear majority of the over 800 people to leave comments (OK, I only read about 15) were wondering if the people who compiled this list ever owned a dog? If they did, they must have treated it like crap, because every dog that’s ever been in my family – going back over 60 years – has liked to cuddle, be cuddled and all four Irish Setters we’ve had have given hugs. Our previous Setter, Mollie, gave the best hugs EVER!
According to these self-proclaimed experts, “cuddling, like hugging, is an invasion of your dog’s personal space. It stresses them and makes them uncomfortable.”
What the fluff?
You’ve all seen the pictures (I’m including new ones today) of Maddie, that speaks to the issue of cuddling your dog. I have five years’ worth of pictures showing how Maddie uses my legs as pillows and a barrier to all things dangerous in the world. When she’s tired, and particularly when she’s scared, she lays between me and the back of the couch and she either rests her head on my legs, tangles her legs all over mine or curls up in a tiny ball in a fortress formed by my legs and the couch.
Invading her personal space?
“I become the veritable outer boundary of her personal space!”
Since so many of my readers seem to love Maddie, I’m going to include a second one-liner today. A Twofer…you’re welcome.
Maddie does have a thing with her personal space. She doesn’t welcome people and other dogs into it very well – particularly if those people are coming up from behind us. People behind us upsets her to the point that we will move to the other side of the street and wait for the people to pass, or change directions to avoid the situation. We’ve tried all manner of commands, tugs, holds and pleading to get her to look forward, but as long as there’s an intruder approaching from behind, it’s like the scene from “The Galileo Seven” episode of Star Trek – Original Series”
KIRK: Mister Sulu, proceed on course for Makus Three, at space normal speed.
SULU: Space normal, sir?
KIRK: Those are my orders. Lieutenant Uhura, order all sensor sections to direct beams aft. Full function, continuous operation until further orders.
UHURA: Yes, sir.
On Sunday, I was walking Maddie when we noticed an elderly woman walking. We were heading around the ball field, she was walking around the perimeter of her apartment building. As we were heading home, the woman emerged from behind the north end of the apartments and began following us. She was forever away, but Maddie kept turning and looking. She would muffle a little bark and look up at me, disappointed that I wasn’t paying attention to this new threat. About the fifth sequence of her turning, barking and looking at me, I said:
“No, I don’t think she’s gaining on us!”
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