I am Stella, Queen of the Olde English Bulldogges, and I have a complaint.
Me: That is not news.
Stella: Why do you repeat yourself so much?
Me: One guess.
Stella: Just one?
Me: That’s all you should need.
Stella: Hmmm. One guess. Let’s see. You repeat yourself because you never pay attention to what you are saying.
Stella: Are you sure? How do you know?
Me: I just know.
Stella: Ohhhh. I used up my only guess, didn’t I? Pooh. What’s the answer?
Me: I repeat myself to be heard. Either the bulldogs ignore me or are so loud that they can’t hear me.
Stella: Oh, we don’t ignore you, Lady Human. We just don’t care what you have to say. But what is this sentence you keep using over and over with Miss Sweetie and Doodlebug? ‘Walk with me. Walk with me.’ Boring.
Me: I am trying to train them to walk with me, not against me. I need them to stop rampaging through the house. When it is time to go outside, they need to walk along with me, not stop to chase the cat or sniff at every little thing or go running wildly or jump on the furniture. This is not a circus. This is our house.
Stella: I thought this was a circus, only without elephants and tigers.
Me: Even in a circus, there are rules.
Stella: Repeating yourself will not get their attention.
Me: You and the other grownup dogs don’t rampage. Well, not much.
Stella: Sadly, rampaging through the house is for the very young.
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