People like to anthropomorphize dogs a lot, and often assume that they share our same preferences and desires. But, in fact, much of the time, I disagree with the dogs’ assertions. Just yesterday:

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It’s an emergency! Gene has already gotten into the ditch to swim by going through the gate on the other side. It’s not fair, open the gate, open the gate, I want to swim too! What? No, I’m not being demanding and obnoxious, this is a true emergency, I’m hysterical about this.

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One hundred times in a row is not an excessive expectation for a fetching game! Don’t worry if I look near-collapse, I’m really up for some more. Kick it again, kick it again!

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It’s never too cold for a swim… Even if you show signs of hypothermia and are in actual pain- just keep swimming, it’s fun! C’mon, throw another blade of grass in here so we can fight over it. You don’t know what you’re missing.

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Who needs chlorine and a filter? Murky algae water makes a splendid pool. And we don’t need to be toweled off when we come back into the house, we’re too impatient for that. It’s not a big deal if we spray mud all over the walls and then go sleep on the bed. Under the covers.

If the collies could articulate their philosophies, I think that’s what they’d say.

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