Everyone has that friend that owns a dog and swears that they are the cutest, most well-behaved creature that loves to meet new people. In fact, their dog is, quite simply, a literal bundle of joy. I have such a friend and let me tell you, that friend is wrong. The key word in this discussion, as Edith Wharton says in the title quote is ‘my’ as in my dog, my heartbeat, my little bundle….of lies!
A dog owner lives with their dog, loves their dog and the dog, always the angel, fully reciprocates thereby preventing the inner demon from being observed or witnessed. So called ‘demon dogs‘ attack visitors, harass strangers, annoy neighbors and generally discourage friends from coming over to hang out and relax. The biggest problem is that the bigger the inner demon, the bigger the love goggles worn by the owners. Trying to explain how much the dog seems to hate you and all other would be visitors is futile since owners always side with their dogs so dogs always win.
Their dog is, quite simply, a literal bundle of joy!
I should note that not every dog is a true demon dog. In the past I might have said such a thing but a few of my dog-owning friends have, on rare-occasion, proven otherwise so know that I’m not making a claim that all dogs are creatures from hell. Additionally, I don’t have kids so I can’t truly make that comparison here but I’ve been told that loving your own kids is very different than loving other kids. Love, it seems,
blinds conquers all!
Anyway, if you own a dog, you might be ignorant to all of this so be aware, or warned, that the reason you have fewer visitors and it’s not necessarily about you, it could be about your little Beelzebub. Sure you KNOW that your dog is not in this category, which is in fact possible since dogs can be quite lovely, but if you only see rainbows and kisses when thinking about your dog, you sir or ma’am are not seeing clearly and thus need to reevaluate your situation and soon.