Friday, February 22, 2013

My Dog is Prejudiced


We have FINALLY reached the last week of Digressuary: Thank Digression for THAT! GAH! So I thought I would share with you an observation I've made...

My Dog is prejudiced. Seriously.

Some dogs can be finicky, I get that. But Joel can be downright peevish. There are people he does and doesn't like... And dogs he does and doesn't like. And when he doesn't like someone, he is sort of a butt.


Now the people aren't so hard to figure out. He is a small dog... short more than lean... in fact only short... short and thickish... (so who can blame him for feeling like much of the world has it out for him, eh?) And so he likes people who are small... child-sized... toddlers are best... and he likes people who are patient enough to let HIM warm up FIRST.

Dogs, on the other hand, were sort of a mystery... some (few) dogs he's friendly with, most he ignores, and a couple he is REALLY SNOTTY to... and last night on my walk I figured it out. My dog hates spaniels. He's racist. I'm so embarrassed.

My husband and I have never talked poorly of spaniels in our home. I mean admittedly, we've never HAD one, but we are FRIENDS with some. We don't snub them.

So I started thinking... see, Joel is part Corgi... and the QUEEN has Corgis... I wonder if he's feeling a royal superiority thing... if what he actually is is CLASSIST. I mean spaniels are dogs of commoners, yes? To test this, I will have to introduce him the the King Charles Spaniel around the corner, as if it's a classist thing, that particular breed ought to get a pass.

Whatever the case, I am thinking it is time to take up some sensitivity training with Joel. If he doesn't shape up soon, I might even have to tell him he's adopted.

He's pouting about being photographed in his safe place... I haven't scolded him yet...



14 comments:

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Puppy with an attitude. We had a cat like that. Hobbes was super with us, but anyone who tried to make friends with her got the sassy end of her paws. Not in a hissing sort of way, just a "How dare you come near me" sort of way.

Mark Means said...

He's a cute little guy and, yes, he probably does think he's head and shoulders above the rest of the common dogs. Either that, or he's been hanging around with some cats :)

Jill Haugh said...

Perhaps he isn't pouting--but composing a poem. I often accuse my husband of the same--and that is the reply he gives to me.
Just food for thought. Still waters run deep and all that rot.
~Just Jill
P.S. And if he is truly part Corgi, of course he is better than all other dogs. I mean, really!

Teresa Coltrin said...

Sometimes when you're that handsome, others just hate you. I mean, I have that problem. I just keep telling people, "don't hate me because I'm beautiful". It's not my fault. :)

I'm with him, some people deserve my attention and some need to be bitten.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

He just needs a boost to his ego and he won't feel so threatened.

Johanna Garth said...

He's so cute, even when he pouts. Someday, in a setting that won't come back to haunt me, remind me to tell you about some of the prejudiced animals I've come across :)

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

How funny! He is cute, and he does look kind of mad in that bottom picture, lol.

Hope that you have a great weekend, Hart, you are almost there.

Kathy M.

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

What a cute guy!

I have a corgi. :) I think my corgi is afraid of anything taller than she...which, of course, would be almost everything. :) May be a Napolean complex... She crosses the street when she sees other dogs coming...ha!

Old Kitty said...

Awwwww Mr Joel just needs to listen more to his inner puppy! Yay! Take care
x

Connie J Jasperson said...

Hart - this post is hilarious!

Helena said...

I agree with the Corgi/royalty strain giving Joel an attitude, but there could be a problem with the King Charles Spaniel too. See, those spaniels are descended from the Stuart royal family, whereas the Corgis are part of the Hanover family line. Maybe there'll be a kind of "who's the better family" rivalry. I mean, look how the last Plantagenet ended up -- buried under a parking lot by the Tudors.

Royal dogfights -- they can get nasty.

Carol Riggs said...

Thanks for the chuckles! I enjoyed your post and its humor. :)

JenfromtheBlock said...

He's so cute we can forgive him his prejudices. (I have a border collie with a similar superiority complex!)

Laura said...

He's so cute! Our old dog was prejudiced too. You know how they are meant to be colour blind - this guy only chased ginger cats. Seriously embarrassing!
Laura x