This is a dog-centric house.
Honey chooses where to walk and how long (usually). She has final say over what foster dogs come into the house. And I respect her pace when we’re trying new things.
But that’s not the whole story.
There are plenty of things I do to her that Honey just doesn’t understand. If it was really all about the dog, I’d probably stop the following behaviors that mean nothing to Honey but a whole lot to me.
Singing – Yeah, I’ve never seen any sign that Honey appreciates the song parodies I’ve written just for her. For example, Please Walk Me Now to the tune of Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now. And my heartfelt rendition of You Are My Sunshine doesn’t even get a little lick. Unappreciative dog.
Smelling Her Feet – I swear that when I sniff her paws, Honey practically rolls her eyes.
Kissing the Top of Honey’s Head – Despite everyone’s insistence, kissing means nothing to dogs. They don’t give them. They don’t appreciate getting them.
Talking – I chatter to Honey on a walk. It means nothing to her. Why do I do it?
Combing Her Ears When She Gets Wet – Something funny happens when a golden retriever gets wet. The fur on her ears kinks up as if it just came out of a braid. I always comb it straight. Honey doesn’t care.
Making Honey Wear a Bandana – Ok, I swear I’d never dress up a dog. But I’m not beyond whipping out a bandanna on a special occasion. Honey totally doesn’t get it.
If Honey could talk, I’m sure she’d add to the list.
Luckily, we’re in a relationship. Which means that she makes allowances for my little quirks just like I make allowances for hers.
Your Turn: What things do you do to your dog that give you pleasure but mean nothing to your dog?