It’s About the Dog, Stupid

Do What’s Right for the Dog

In the 1992 presidential race, James Carville coined the phrase, “It’s the economy, stupid” for the Clinton campaign.  Sitting President George H. W. Bush lost. 


So, let me be clear, “IT’S ABOUT THE DOG, STUPID.”


Once you accept stewardship for a canine companion, the dog’s needs, wants, desires and wishes come first. 



A few years ago, I took Booker T. Washington to Moab.  We stayed in a pet friendly hotel where he had lots of room.  There was a fenced in “back yard” with a view of the river. 


But, he HATED it.  Booker was confused when I left him alone in the room to go horseback riding and wine tasting.  He sat next to the door on the cool tile shaking and waiting for my return. 


In regard to travel, many dogs prefer to stay in the comfort of their own homes. 


Last week, Gus was invited to a housewarming party with me.  I took him.  He HATED it. 

Having lived in a puppy mill for half of his life, he prefers the quiet consistency of his home, his sofa, and his routine. 


For two hours, Gus shook in my arms, tucked his tail between his legs, and refused to make eye contact. 


Faith, my Bernese, needs to stay home during the summer because she overheats.


Three of the four dogs that share my home prefer to stay home.  Mr. Sunny Sunny Bun Bun has a unique confidence that allows him to participate in a variety of activities.


Know your dog.


It’s about the dog.  Don’t force a dog to do something because YOU want it.   


About Julie Hooker

I'm a teacher, writer, and editor. In addition, I'm an animal rescuer, yogi, and friend.
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2 Responses to It’s About the Dog, Stupid

  1. And then there is Bella, the gypsy Golden Retriever who refuses to get OUT of the truck, particularly if there is a camper attached to it.


  2. hookershorde says:

    It’s all about the dog. . .whatever Bella wants, Bella wants, she should have.


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