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Talking to Animals.

Almost every pet owner talks to their pet to some extent. It may simply be “Sit”, “Stay”, or “Down”, or it could be “What a good girl, good girl!” Yet for many pet owners, myself included, there comes a time when talking to ones animal’s takes on the appearance of being crazy. This isn’t to say that it is crazy, since technically it’s not crazy as long as you don’t think your pet is talking back to you. However, many of us end up looking crazy as we either try to get our pet’s attention, or try to convince our pet to behave a certain way.


I had this experience recently as I tried to fix my front door which had been sticking. My cat Marvin is fascinated with the outdoors, and was very interested as I stood in the open doorway. Since he is an indoor cat I had put up some barriers but was unconvinced that they would hold back an eager cat. As I started working on the door, Marvin started working on the barriers. My work was routinely interrupted as I’d peak back to say, “Stay. Marvin stop. Stay there. Marvin No!” I was kneeling in front of my door with a piece of sand paper in my hand repeating, “Knock it off,” when I realized that I appeared crazy. I was all primed to tell anyone that might pass by that my cat was just inside the door, but that wasn’t necessary, as no one bothered approaching the crazy lady talking to her door. My one solace is knowing that I’m not alone in my perceived craziness, as I’ve seen others try to explain to their dog why they should walk faster, or try to bribe their dog to come back after escaping their leash, or as I’ve done before, try to explain to my cat why they are not allowed on the counters or the curtains. It all is perfectly logical as long no one else sees you talking to your door.




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