I have a routine with Sheila. Sheila eats her dinner each night, and there is no problem with that - she eats it all, then licks the bowl, then flips the bowl and licks its underside too, and then finally licks the floor where the bowl first sat and later flipped. After she is done eating (and of course there is an immediate unloading in the back yard), she politely comes to me, gives me "that look," and puts her paw up on my leg.
I ask her if she wants a treat, and because she understands English she answers that yes, she most certainly does. So I go to the corner cabinet, and I find some yummy dog treat for her. After she does the obligatory trick or two for the treat, I give her the treat, and all harmoniousness is restored in the household. Now how is that Creating A Monster?
Specifically he made the accusation when I returned home with my recent pet store purchase:
Now let's look at this from another angle. We have very firm rules in our household regarding dog behavior, and Sheila has been diligently trained to obey these laws.
Here are some of them:
1. Sheila may never be up on any piece of furniture.
2. Sheila may not pest us at the dinner table.
3. Sheila may not go upstairs to the second floor.
In one thirty minute time frame, Caleb himself - yes, he who trained Sheila to obey the above stated rules - HELPED HER TO BREAK ALL THREE OF THOSE RULES!
First, he called her up onto his lap:
Second, Caleb picked up this same puppy and stood her up on the kitchen table! I can see the pieces of the monster coming together!
Then finally, he went upstairs to his room AND COAXED SHEILA UNTIL SHE CAME UP THE STAIRS TO HIM!
Three rules engraved in stone. Three rules broken.
So I need to ask:
Who is CREATING A MONSTER?