There’s an email circulating around with a sign that a person posted on their front door. I chuckled when I received it in my inbox, as most pet parents that I know have suffered the
complaints and eye-rolls of non-animal-loving guests at their home. Here’s the sign:
TO ALL NON-PET OWNERS WHO VISIT AND LIKE TO COMPLAIN ABOUT OUR PETS:
1.) They live here. You don’t.
2.) If you don’t want their hair on your clothes, stay off the furniture. That’s why they call it ‘fur’-niture.
3.) I like my pets a lot better than I like most people.
4.) To you, they are animals. To me, they are adopted sons/daughters who are short, hairy, walk on all fours, and don’t speak clearly.
Remember, dogs and cats are better than kids because they: 1) eat less, 2) don’t ask for money all the time, 3) are easier to train, 4) normally come when called, 5) never ask to drive the car, 6) don’t hang out with drug-using people, 7) don’t smoke or drink, 8) don’t want to wear your clothes, 9) don’t have to buy the latest fashions, 10) don’t need a gazillion dollars for college, 11) they get fixed at a few months old and you never have to worry about pregnancy.
Maybe, this blog will be more of a rant but I want to repeat the most poignant point of the “humorous” sign: THEY LIVE HERE, YOU DON’T. My dogs are by no means rambunctious, little fools, but they are dogs. They get excited when company comes over and they want to say “hello”. Oh and the horror, they give kisses! Some people that visit my house act like dog saliva is Agent Orange. And, may I add 90% of these people have human babies at home.
For the most part, I just put the dogs in the back room or upstairs, so I don’t have to deal with the attitudes. But is that fair to my dogs that are just greeting guests, in their home? Food for thought…