The Road to Dog Hell is Paved with Human Misconceptions

Posted By on June 24, 2010


9 Responses to “The Road to Dog Hell is Paved with Human Misconceptions”

  1. Peter Thompson says:

    Hi Randy

    I really appreciate your insight regarding Dog issues. I sincerely believe these blogs of yours of various topics should be published. Keep on keeping on. Salute !!


  2. Randy says:

    Thank you Peter. I appreciate your support. Actually, by definition, posting them here means they are published, but I know what you mean – they should be in PRINT so people could either read them in the bathroom or wipe their bums with the pages, or both. The Large Fierce Mammal is nothing if not ecologically sound !

  3. Being a blogger is like being in charge of your own personal insane asylum.

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  8. Steve says:

    This particular paragraph clearly expresses the quality of a ‘human’ with regards to a creature that is put here for our comfort and grace. Unfortunately, as you clearly point out and to paraphrase, it is either lack of awareness of anothers wants and needs or simply arrogance in thinking that anything less than a human is just that, less than divine and without need for comfort and respect. The reality is, in my view, that we are the creatures to be tended to and not the other way around until there is selflessness in each others joy and pleasures.

    “We taught the woman involved to be calm and gather herself before even opening the door. Not to anticipate disaster even if that’s what she repeatedly found. Not to acknowledge the existence of her dog until she had calmly removed her coat, shoes, hung up her keys, and done every other little task required of a person who has just come home. If there was a mess to clean up we taught her to do that quietly and without fanfare, no matter how upsetting the destruction. Only after that was done, and when she felt fully in control, was she to look at, speak to, or touch her dog. The first time this was done she found some couch damage. While she picked up the stuffing and tattered fabric her dog watched and followed her tentatively. She made herself a cup of tea while she cooled down and then addressed her dog as though nothing unfortunate had ever happened. After that the destruction rapidly tapered to nothing. No more crazy, no more problem, and a woman learned some self control skills that she can use to good effect in other life situations.”

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