Posted by: Linda Trunell | May 4, 2014

An Apology to My Dog

I am sorry, Max.  Please forgive me for losing my patience and yelling at you for barking at another dog.  You did nothing wrong.  I did.  You are such a good dog that sometimes I expect too much of you.  You should bark when you do not like the situation you are in.  It is my responsibility not to put you in those situations – you have no choice.

 

Max sunbathing

 

I was wrong for leaving you on a tie-out on the front porch and then expecting you not to bark when a strange dog stopped at the end of our driveway.  The two kids walking the dog didn’t know it was not the way two dogs should meet.  You had every right to tell them to stay away.

You like kids and most other dogs. You probably would have made a new friend if I didn’t create the bad scenario.  When I called you to come in, you couldn’t comply because your priority was telling them to keep moving but they were not.

I, supposedly the one with the superior intelligence, could have grabbed one of those freeze-dried liver treats you love and simply placed it in front of your nose and turned your attention to me.  But, no, I yelled at you to get in the house instead.

Of course it worked.  It worked because I startled you and you complied.  But the way you avoided my eyes and kind of slinked by me on your way in the door made me feel bad. What made me feel even worse was that you went to lay down in the hallway and not in the office with me as usual.

You seem to have forgotten it later when you came and lay at my feet.  I hope so.  I have not. I feel like I betrayed you and I am sorry.  I am only human.  You are canine. Thank you for your unconditional love.

Here’s to being our dog’s best friend,

Linda


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  1. Aw, don’t you hate it when you get ‘the look’ from them? He is a stunning dog as well 🙂

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    • Yes – he sure knows how to make me feel guilty.

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  2. Awwwwww, what a lovely post Linda and don’t feel bad. Max knows and understands that we are just human. They are perfect little beings and the best we can ever wish for. We make so many mistakes but still they love and accept us just the way we are. Please give Max lots of hugs and kisses from me and ask him to give you some as well. 😀

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    • Yes, they are the best! We can only try to be as innocent and loving as they are. 🙂 Hugs and kisses to you and Simba.

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      • Oh, we can only strive for that hon. 😀 Thanks for the hugs and kisses and the same to you and Max. ❤

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  3. that was written so nice, I’m sure Max will say: it’s ok, we are friends :o)

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    • Thank you, Easy. I think he has forgiven me 🙂

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  4. I’ve totally been in your shoes. Its okay to make mistakes. Thank you so much for sharing! I think hearing that I’m not the only one who makes mistakes makes me feel better.

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    • Thanks, Ines. I think we probably all have been there. After all, we are only human. 🙂

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  5. How sweet that you own up to your mistake. I have been there and done that many time. Good thing our animals are so forgiving.

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    • Thanks, Jo. I really felt bad when he wouldn’t even look at me. I know he still loves me, but I feel like I made a withdrawal from our “trust” account so I will have to make it up. 🙂

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  6. Sorry I haven’t been here awhile. Don’t feel bad. You not the only one who yelled before. I did too many times… sometimes i still do when I get mad 😛 and of course Donna being Donna will cower and shrink into a shrivering lump – – and it is all my fault. But just as there is no perfect dog, there is no perfect human. So I just think to myself that tomorrow is a new day and the dog would behave like it never happened and I should too! 🙂

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    • Thanks for stopping by! There doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to keep up with everyone. I think we all lose our patience sometimes but our dogs forgive us 🙂

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  7. I just found your blog from a list of favorites posted by another blogger. I’m happy to find you!.
    If you have time to read dog stories, you might want to check out my website, where I’m posting chapters from my book-in-progress, “Funny Tails: Adventures & Misadventures in Living with Pugs.” It’s at http://maijaharrington.com. The book is a lighthearted look at life with our 3 pugs plus various pugs we’ve fostered for Pug Rescue of North Carolina. .
    In the meantime, I’ll be following your blog!.
    Best wishes,
    Maija (pronounced My-uh)

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    • Thank you, Maija! Your book sounds like a fun read and I will definitely check it out. 🙂

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