Monday, November 30, 2009
Getting Into Trouble
The purple blanket is one that Mom bought at an estate sale last summer, and she liked this blanket quite a bit because it was all kind of shiny and pretty, and it looked like it hadn't even been used. Plus it only cost, like, a dollar. So Mom was very happy to have this nice purple blanket on her bed. Except that the purple blanket was made for a king-sized bed, and our bed is only a full-sized bed, so the blanket was really big, but Mom cut off one end of it, and that made it a better size for our bed. It turned out to be lucky that Mom cut that piece off of the purple blanket because now she can use the piece to patch the holes that Barry made.
So that's one example of getting into trouble that happened lately. And here's another one: when Uncle Joe and Uncle Tom were here visiting, Gabe bit Uncle Tom on the hand. Before that, he snapped at Aunt LaDene, who was also here at the time. The reason he snapped at her was because she tried to pet him on his head, which he doesn't like people to do if he doesn't know them very well.
A lot of people don't realize that dogs don't like it if people reach out over their heads because this is a dominant, threatening sort of gesture when one dog does it to another dog. So that's why dogs don't like it much. But lots of people think that is the proper way to pet a dog, even when you have only just met the dog. Also these same people might look at a dog right in the eyes, which is another thing that's scary and threatening to a dog, so it's no wonder people get bit sometimes when they do this.
The problem with Gabe is that he goes right up to people and acts like he's friendly and stuff, so that's why people are always trying to pet him. I have told Gabe that he would just be smarter to stay away from people he doesn't know, which is what I do, but he doesn't take my advice because (1) he is a boy and (2) I am just his little sister, and he thinks I don't know anything.
So then what happened was that Gabe got on the sofa right next to Uncle Tom, and Aunt LaDene told him not to reach over Gabe's head, so Uncle Tom tried to pet Gabe on his back, and Gabe snapped at him and made Uncle Tom's hand bleed. Mom put some ointment and a band-aid on it. Also Mom apologized a whole bunch. It seems like Mom is always having to apologize for stuff that my brothers do. Maybe life would be simpler for her and for me if Mom just got rid of all the boy dogs!
So that's all the trouble that we managed to get into during the last few days. Mel didn't get in any trouble at all, but I think he was just being a show-off about what a good dog he is. I've told Mel that life isn't any fun if you don't get into trouble occasionally, but he doesn't listen to me, probably for the same reasons that Gabe doesn't!