Aunt visited last week, and she had a whole lot to say about my dog. Callie is three. She’s been sickly since we first got her at 7 weeks (the shelter said she was almost 4 months old…) They’d fixed her earlier the day we picked her up. Someone had saved her from a kill shelter, and we stood in their garage, gave them $250 to cover costs, and took home Calypso. That first year, she was in the vet’s office at least once each month with something else wrong. Eventually we started making her food, and that took care of most of her problems.
Fast forward to this summer. We went on our first vacation in 5 years, which meant she was left alone (with a wonderful house/dog sitter) for the first time ever. The day after we got home, she started having an upset tummy. We took her to the vet a few days later (the upset tummy came and went) to find out she had picked up a bug–and she’d been bitten/stung by something that made her face swell up. (She likes to lay on the balcony off my bedroom–see picture.)
Anyway, when my aunt came over, Callie was on her 2nd day of antibiotics. The vet said it would take 3 days for her symptoms to clear up. We love our dog. We hug her, pet her, let her on the furniture, and lots of other stuff. When she wants a blanket spread on the sofa for her to lay on, we do it. When she wants to snuggle, we snuggle. (She’s VERY snuggly all the time–even while playing.) Aunt said that she was suffering an identity crisis because we treat her like a human and not a dog. This rubbed me the wrong way on a lot of levels. First, we do treat her like a dog. We’re the pack leaders. She’s trained to obey basic commands like sit, stay, (come) here, high five, up, down, yes, no, and gimme snuggles. She’s completely housebroken and is happy to see everyone who walks through the front door. She doesn’t have nervous issues–just the same weak tummy she’s always had–or ticks or weird/neurotic behaviors. I’ve watched Cesar Milan’s show, and I’ve never seen this dog represented there.
I shouldn’t feel the need to defend the way I’ve raised my puppy, but it hurts when someone close criticizes your baby. Thanks for listening.