The greatest pleasure of a dog

"Poodle Duet," by Bruce Weber.
“Poodle Duet,” by Bruce Weber.

“The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself, too.”

— Samuel Butler

I like this quote; so sweet, and it mirrors the inherent playfulness and camaraderie of dogs with their people.

Thanks to you all for your characteristically great advice about Pyrrha’s recent licking fixation. DAP has worked for so many people, so we’re definitely going to have to try that. For now, she actually seems to be leaving it alone because of the Bitter Apple, possibly more because she hates having me come at her with the spray. But we’re monitoring the area closely.

It’s hard to believe, but this is our LAST weekend in this house! We’re going to spend it doing lots of packing and cleaning. And maybe have one of P’s dog friends over to wear her out while we work. We have lots of memories here; it’s the only house Pyrrha has ever known. (She spent her first year of life in a tiny cage in the breeder’s backyard.) I hope she will adapt to our new house with ease.

Wishing you all great Fridays and restful weekends.


6 thoughts on “The greatest pleasure of a dog

  1. If you have a big or open house, you may find the DAP collar better than the diffuser. We have a loft-style ceiling, and I don’t think the diffuser was concentrated enough even with two. (Bonus, the collar goes with you everywhere, good for dogs who have problems outside the home.)

    I read the first post when I couldn’t comment, so I’ll comment here. First thing I do is a bath, just in case there’s an actual skin irritation. Second thing I do is provide a licking object that’s actually appropriate, like a frozen Kong. There’s nothing *wrong* with the licking impulse, after all, just with what the dog is choosing to lick.

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