#FlashFiveFriday: #10 – Dog

#FlashFiveFriday: #10 – Dog.

“Do you think we’re bad dog parents?” she asked.

“No, I don’t think so, If he was a big tall shaggy dog, we’d be able to keep him off the furniture and still be able to reach across to pet him without having to get on the floor,” he said.

“I’m glad you’re OK with him sitting on the couch then,” she said sounding relieved.

“Yeah, so long as he knows the boundaries.  As we agreed, the bed is off limits.”

Two weeks later, the middle aged couple was rationalizing the shifting of boundaries they’d set up for their little bull dog.

“At least he doesn’t try to take over the whole bed,” was all he could say about getting used to having the dog sleep on the bed with them.

“No table scraps though, absolutely no feeding from the table.  That is the line in the sand.”  He wanted to sound firm with this latest declaration and his wife just looked at him with those doe eyes of hers and smiled before kissing him good night.

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7 Responses to #FlashFiveFriday: #10 – Dog

  1. Love it Gregory.

    How many owners go through this? The vast majority I should imagine 🙂

    • I bet you’re right. Probably everyone that should have a dog and ends up with one goes through setting and breaching boundaries with them. I’m guessing it’s probably because they give us so much love.

  2. Ah, we know that very well. But I have had to be strict with myself, not to let our rather large Boxer dog sleep on our bed 🙂

  3. The only boundary I really ever enforce is begging for food while I’m eating.

  4. mtmc2 says:

    So sweet, those doe eyes get you every time. I so much enjoyed your flash story.

  5. Fantastic! Sounds strangely similar to the ‘boundaries’ we tried to enforce for the cats. Before we realise that cats enforce boundaries for their owners instead…!

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