In yesterday’s article, Playing Both Ends against the Middle, I talked about the need for all members of a household to become relevant in their dog’s eyes by participating in daily doggy activities. However, it’s not just people that hold relevancy for our dogs. Common household objects, especially when wielded by humans, have multiple shades of relevancy for our dogs
For example, our rescue mix, Annie, has fur that is so attractive to itself, Velcro is envious of it. Annie loves her doggy pool and lounges in it every chance she gets. The result is a matted mess that even the best detangling comb abdicates to. When this happens our only recourse is the scissors, an object of some relevancy in our household.
Now, you would think that the scissors would be a scary object to a fearful dog like my Annie, but you’d be wrong. Annie doesn’t mind the scissors. In fact I think she quite likes them because they provide her some relief from the knots tugging at her skin. Rather, it’s my confident, “I’m special,” Aussie Shepherd, Gavin, who is terrified of them, and with good reason.
On more than one occasion, my wife, Jackie, has taken it upon herself to give Gavin a haircut— especially around his hind end, in order to facilitate more efficient cooling. This procedure normally results in Gavin requesting that we put him in an Elizabethan Cone of Shame in order to draw attention away from the hatchet job done to his butt. I would publish pictures, but Gavin has assured me that he will retain counsel and sue for defamation of character should any surface.
Scissors aren’t the only object of dubious relevancy in our house. Other objects of mixed emotions include…
- The Garden Hose – The hose can be used for both nefarious and benevolent purposes as far as my dogs are concerned. On one hand it can be used to fill up the doggy pool which is an excellent use of this tool and a good reason for being wet. It can also be used to give them an outdoor bath in the summertime, which, according to them, is uncalled for and not the reason that the hose, or water for that matter, was invented.
- The Microwave – An object of great relevancy to my dogs, they think it can do no wrong. Nothing bad ever came out of a microwave.
- The Vacuum Cleaner – Another object of great relevancy, but not the good kind. We’ve recently bought a Dyson (hey Dyson we accept advertising dollars) and while it’s more agreeable to both the humans and dogs, it’s still not something the dogs (or I for that matter) want to hang out with.
- Cellophane Bags – Another item of great interest and highly relativistic to dogs. The sound of a cellophane rapper usually bodes well for the tummy of dogs and humans alike.
These are just a few objects of relevance in my house, I am sure you have many others that would resonate with Dog Lovers and their humans everywhere. Won’t you share your story with us?
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