I’ve read those stories. I’m sure you have too.
About the dogs who seem to understand their person is undergoing serious medical treatment so they settle down and offer quiet comfort.
Or how about the high-energy dog who recognizes her sister just back from surgery is a little fragile so she tempers her enthusiastic play?
Well no one will ever write one of those stories about Honey. Because when I’m sick, my dog is a brat.
Only Bratty When I’m Sick
The creeping crud is going around my town. And last week’s cold has devolved to achey muscles, a fever, and a horrible, hacking cough.
Does Honey sit by my side offering comfort by resting her head on my knee? Does she amuse herself by chewing on a bone?
No. Honey’s style is to go dancing around the bed with her loudest squeaky toy, occasionally jumping off my gall bladder to get better height.
In truth, I’d it adorable if I were feeling better. I’d call it playfulness. I’d never call my sweet girl a brat.
But when your head is aching things you normally love become awfully bratty.
Practice Makes Perfect
I’m sure if I got sick more often, Honey would learn how to settle.
Luckily, she doesn’t get much practice. I’m generally quite healthy.
So I guess having a dog who is a brat is the price I’ll pay for rarely getting sick. And I’m okay with that.
But still, it’s a good thing she’s so cute.
Your Turn: When you get sick, are your dogs on their best behavior? Or are they brats like Honey?