Gemma, a Filipino woman in my class once commented on a difference between Americans and Philippines. She said that she thought it was strange when Americans don’t like their dogs to bark. At first I didn’t understand what she was trying to say and then it became clear to me. Dogs Bark! They are dogs; that is what they do. For some reason, we as Americans love having pets but we get frustrated when our pets act like pets!
Krista and I have three dogs. But of course, our dogs aren’t the problem. The problem is that the neighbor two doors down lets his dog outside at precisely 7:30 every morning. When his dog is let out, my dog barks. For a long time I have struggled with the fact that my dog barks because we have an apartment behind our house that we rent out and I have always been afraid of imposing on people or feeling like something of mine is a nuisance. We even went out and bought a dog bark collar that electrically shocks him whenever he barks. Strange huh?
I have finally come to grips with the fact that dogs bark. This is something that is going to happen and when people may complain about my dog barking, I will just tell them that he is a dog and he is going to bark.
Posted on August 24, 2005, in Uncategorized and tagged Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.
Hey Josh. I’ve been reading your blog since Pride and Prejudice, which, by the way, my husband likes, and I enjoy several times a week–or did until my daughter broke the first disc. Speaking of my daughter, something I have noticed since having one, is that people in this country do not like babies to act like babies, or children to act like children. Anyway, hi! >>Rachel Wylie
good post… keep it up….>have a great weekend….
or give’m some sad sap story like he was a rescue dog that had been severly abused, but then his barking saved 3 small children from a burning building so you wanted to provide a gentle nurturing home for such a hero!!!