They say mystery keeps a relationship exciting. That means Honey and I have enough thrills for years to come. Because sometimes I have no idea what that dog is thinking.
Setting the Record Straight
When I wrote about how Honey taught me how to train her not to jump, I got several nice compliments on the strength of our relationship.
But I didn’t want to leave everyone with the wrong impression.
Honey and I aren’t always in synch.
Sure, I try to listen to what she’s telling me and to give her a stimulating life. And Honey certainly works hard to fit into my life.
But some days I’m reminded that I really am living with a fuzzy alien. And I have no idea why she does what she does.
Why Does My Dog…
Maybe you can tell me.
Why does Honey:
- bark her special “I gotta go out right now” bark just to stand and look at me when I get the door open?
- respond to some dogs on the computer while ignoring others?
- hate having her picture taken?
- never let me out of her sight when I take her for an off-leash walk but will stay at the bottom of the steps and refuse to come inside, even if I go inside without her?
- bark to tell us it’s time for bed instead of just crawling into bed herself?
People are Crazy
Of course, Honey probably has a few questions of her own:
- Why do I have to bark to get someone to open the door for me? Can’t we just leave the door open all the time so I can go where I want when I want?
- Why do my people spend so much time looking at screens? And why do some of them sound like dogs?
- Why would anyone want to stand with a box against her face when she could be playing with me?
- Why do we sometimes go for really long and exciting walks while other times we just walk around the neighborhood for a while? And why do my people mutter about being in a hurry when I want to keep walking?
- Why do my people force me to stay awake when I’m so tired and ready to sleep? Don’t they know we should all go to bed when I’m ready? After all, I’d hate to miss something important.
My Dog Is a Mystery
My dog is, at times, a mystery to me. And I’m okay with that.
I love that she’s a unique being with opinions of her own. And I look forward to learning new things about her for years to come.
After all, we’ve only been together two and a half years. We’re still getting to know each other.
I’ve known my husband for thirty years. And I still have no idea what’s going through his mind.