Stella, our opinionated Olde English Bulldogge, has a complaint she wishes to air. So let’s begin the conversation:
Me: Hi, Stella! What’s the problem?
Stella: Are you the one in command here? Because I only want to talk to the one in command.
Me: Well, no bulldog, or cat for that matter, is in command that’s for sure. And “command” is not the best word. This is our home. It is not the army. The humans are in charge here. Why would you doubt that?
Stella: Because first Snoopey and then Tiger each told me that they are in command. And because Wiggles is always disobeying and doing whatever she wants and she gets by with it because “she is so sweet” and “the sweetest dog ever”. Yuck! What gushy nonsense! Humans are supposed to be smart. How can you fall for that act?
Me: Wiggles is super sweet. She dances in her comma shape and only wants head pets and neck rubs and the occasional treat.
Stella: Aagghh! The occasional treat! I think you’ve lost count. But really, IS ANYONE IN CHARGE HERE?
Me: We humans are. Why?
Stella: Everything is so chaotic. Nobody is listening. Nobody obeys the rules.
Me: Nobody? Not even you?
Stella: Me? Yes. No. Maybe. I don’t know. What was the question?
Me: You want to know if anyone is in charge. You say that no one obeys the rules. Do you obey the rules?
Stella: Me? Yes. Well, sometimes. Hmmm. I’m not really clear on what the rules are.
Me: How about one rule? Is there a rule against chasing the cat?
Stella: And that’s all the time we have for our conversation today, people…
Me: Nope. We have plenty of time.
Stella: But I don’t like that no-cat-chasing rule.
Me: Not the point.
Me: I understand. Humans have rules set for us, too, and some of them I flat don’t like.
Stella: So you ignore them.
Me: No. If they are silly or useless, I may try to get them changed. But some rules are set by God and wisdom tells me that they are good and for my safety and they won’t change. God is God and I am not.
Stella: Is the no-cat-chasing rule one of God’s rules?
Me: I wish I could say it is, but no. It’s one of our rules.
Stella: So about these changeable rules, how do I go about working on that?
Me: Write your legislator, but I don’t think you’ll get far with that. Bulldogs can’t vote.
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