Stella: Lady Human!
Me: I’m here! No need to shout.
Stella: Where are you?
Me: Here in the hall, digging through old boxes of family pictures.
Stella: My family?
Me: No, sorry. I don’t have any old pictures of your family. Or even of you. You were grown by the time you came to us.
Stella: Do you remember your puppy days?
Stella: That’s too bad.
Me: Because as we have discussed before, I was never a puppy.
Stella: But you were little once.
Me: Yes, I was a human child.
Stella: Too bad you weren’t a puppy. We could compare memories.
Me: What puppy memories do you have?
Stella: Fuzzy ones. My mom. Her warm body. Her milk which was the best thing ever.
Me: Better than food and treats now?
Stella: Maybe not better. Different but good. And then there were my brothers and sisters. Squirmy little varmints. Always pushing me aside so they could eat first, just because I was smaller.
Me: Did your sister, Snoopey, push you aside?
Stella: Well, no.
Me: Because I heard a story about you and Snoopey from when you were young.
Me: Yeah. I heard that you and Tiger’s mom picked on Snoopey. Is that true?
Stella: I refuse to answer on the grounds that it may prove that you are right.
Stella: Well, Tiger’s mom made me do it.
Stella: Oh, all right. When you are smaller than everybody and some big dog befriends you, sometimes you go along with their bulldog bullying and….maybe you do some things that you shouldn’t…and maybe later you regret being a jerk. So there.
Me: Especially when the dog you picked on ended up being your pack leader?
Stella: Hey, sisters play tricks on each other.
Me: I wouldn’t know myself.
Stella: Because you were an only puppy.
Me: Do you ever wonder if how you all treated her is what made Snoopey the pack leader she is now, always looking out for everybody else?
Stella: Everybody except Tiger.
Me: Yeah, they still don’t get along, do they?
Me: I am glad that you two do.
Stella: WAAAAHHH! Lady Human, I was so mean! Why was I so mean?
Me: You were a puppy. You’ve grown up since then. Don’t cry. It was a long time ago in dog years.
Stella: Are you calling me old?
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