Maybe it’s narcissism.
But when I notice someone being particularly blind to their own faults, I immediately wonder what I’m hiding from myself. What are my blind spots?
I suspect the biggest one weighs fifty pounds, sheds constantly, and loves liverwurst.
Either Honey is my big furry blind spot. Or everyone else is ridiculous and it’s different with my dog.
Is It Just Me?
Why is it so disgusting to pick up someone else’s dog poo on a walk but I do it for my own dog without even thinking about it?
Why is it infuriating to have your dog get into the trash but so cute when she’s licking out the peanut butter jar you just gave her?
Why are parents so ridiculous for buying an SUV to schlep all their baby’s stuff around when I never take Honey anywhere without a water bottle, her collapsible bowl, a bed, toys, a bone, a handful of poop bags, and the camera?
Why do I eat a piece of cheese and an apple for dinner while leaning against the sink because I’m too tired to cook for myself after preparing homemade meals filled with cancer-fighting supplements for my dog?
Why do I think doggy dude ranches are silly but I avoid vacations that don’t allow me to bring my dog?
Why do I think it’s tacky that you have lint on your beautiful wool coat when I’ve given up trying to get the dog hair off my fleece scarf?
Why do I hate entering a house that smells like dog but I love sniffing my dog’s feet?
Why do I think having a variety of interests is a virtue but my heaviest bookshelf is the one holding all my dog books?
Why do I think people who let their dogs bark and jump at the door need to do more training while Honey is just showing her friendly personality when she tries to climb into the arms of a guest?
Why do I express an appreciation for minimalism while having two over-stuffed baskets of dog toys, five dog beds, and a basement filled with agility equipment?
And why do I think people are crazy for driving their kids to thousands of activities when I spend hours every day writing and maintaining a blog where I talk about my dog?
Is it just me? Or do you have a big furry blind spot too?
Farewell to the Train Your Dog Month Challenge
A big thank you to everyone who spent January bonding with your dog through training. It was wonderful to read about what you did and didn’t do with your month.
I drew one S’Wagger who joined the challenge at random to win our prize—a $25 donation to their favorite animal charity and a pack of goodies. And our winner is Gabi of How I Adopted Your Brother.
Gabi has three dogs and a cat of her own and fosters dogs as well. She does a variety of dog sports, including rally, agility, and lure coursing. Please say hello to Gabi and prepare to be inspired.
Gabi has asked that I make the donation to the River Rouge Shelter in Michigan. The River Rouge Shelter is an animal control facility that was transformed by dedicated volunteers when they got help to renovate the building and turn it into a place where an animal who ended up there was much more likely to be adopted. Read about the Roverhaul here.
Congratulations, Gabi. And thanks for sharing the inspiring story of the River Rouge Shelter with us. Can’t wait to hear what you have been up to when next year’s challenge comes along.
Your Turn: Do you have a big furry blind spot? Or is denial just a river in Egypt for you?