It was almost exactly a year ago that I wrote this frustrated post about my dog (warning: disgusting photo) on my personal blog. Since then we've been dealing with the problems I enumerated in the post (and in the email to the dog's breeder included therein); and not much has changed.
In case you don't feel like clicking around, here's a summary of that post:
- Our dog is beautiful and large (120 lbs), and can pull a wagon full of kids, adults, or non-humanoid cargo like a goddam mule
- She has some gastro-intestinal issues
- She has some anxiety issues
- She has some urinary incontinence issues (not unusual in females of her breed, although unusually severe in her case)
- We once had some seemingly valid reasons for paying for a boutique breed instead of adopting a mutt, all of which make us seem like idiots now
The truth is that I don't have a great relationship with my dog. If we were married to one another, I suspect a couselor would suggest we seriously consider a trial separation.
When I talk about Stella, I like to use what an administrator at the high school where I once taught called an "asset model," and what my wife refers to as a "shit-filled twinkie." That's when you start off lauding the positive characteristics about something or someone, and then move on to the areas that could use improvement.
So here goes.