Do Other People Fight With their Dogs?

I’m having a huge fight with Mrs. Wigglebottom, but I feel kind of stupid about it, because, though she’s clearly sullen, I know she doesn’t get what the problem is.

But it pisses me off that, no matter how good she is when it’s just us here, no matter how well she listens, how predictably she behaves, whenever she gets a bug up her butt to do what she wants, that’s what she does. Yesterday, she ran over to the neighbors’ and ignored me as I yelled at her to stop and then, when I went and got her, she went trotting after the Butcher like “Oh, man, I’m having this great adventure and making B. angry! It’s awesome.”

And the worst part is that she looks so damn guileless and happy, like being able to run around while some angry woman chases after you hollering things you aren’t paying any attention to is just the best damn thing in the world.

Eh, who knows? Maybe it is.

And, sadly, this is the same damn fight we’ve had her whole life.

4 thoughts on “Do Other People Fight With their Dogs?

  1. I’ve seen that behavior, which I recognize as quite frustrating. And she’s a rather good pouter, pulling at your heart strings.

    So I just thought I’d remind you that it wasn’t that long ago that you never have ever considered even going from your apartment to your car without putting her on a leash.

    This is rather well-behaved for her, even though her lapses suck.

    And you wouldn’t like a dog that was too obedient or needily attached to you. You love her strong mindedness, right up until it clashes with yours.

  2. Spooky. I just wrote about dogs this morning.

    Also spooky…you’re clashing with her over one of the ways she’s most like you. Occasionally doing what she wants and following her impulses and desires despite her parent(s) thinking it’s a bad idea.

  3. Ha ha ha, okay, when both of you are saying “You’re angry about how she’s like you!” all I can do is throw up my hands and say that you’re right.

    For the record, though, I never try to jump on the neighbor, even if she is very cute.

  4. Just wait ’til the ‘rents hear you blessing Mrs. W out for this and look at each other and say, “Huh-uh. Just like her.”

    I think we tend to choose pets whose temperaments and personalities are similar to ours, if we can. Then we find ourselves trying to discipline them for behavior that we don’t like in ourselves. (In my case, cat scratching the door facing vs. my nail-biting? Check.)

    (Do not feel badly, BTW. The Sibling’s dog is neurotic, obsessive, a Perfect Social Butterfly and as bullheaded as they come. If it weren’t for the fur, I couldn’t tell ’em apart. La Fishmouth has only the latter two traits, but she’s also only been around The Sibling half as long as the dog has.)

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